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If Gowns Were Rooms – 2018 Oscars Edition

The 90th Academy Awards–better known as the 2018 Oscars–boasted some dazzling red carpet fashion.  Color has returned to the red carpet–particularly the blue hues.  Metallics and statement sleeves also made quite a splash.  And, as we know, fashion and interior design are each other’s favorite cousins.   So, I took the liberty of pairing up outstanding specimens from each discipline.  If gowns from the 2018 Oscars were rooms, they’d look something like this…

If Gowns Were Rooms--2018 Oscars Edition

The fabric of Betty Gabriel’s dress and this Steven Gambrel dining room share a brilliant peacock blue and whimsical botanical motifs.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

What do Nicole Kidman and Stephanie Coutas have in common?  They both know how to make an arresting sculptural statement in cobalt.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Sally Hawkins’ structured shoulder pads emulate the right angles of this contemporary space whose silver leaf walls recall the sequins of her dress.  Black accents punctuate both.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Audra Day channels a modern-day Marie Antoinette in this voluptuous blue gown.  Smoky eyes, a dark lip, and unexpected silver jewelry keep her current.  Marie-Hélène de Taillac’s NY apartment reflects the same palette, femininity, and updated interpretation of old-world glamour.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

I spotted this gown on Phoebe Waller Bridge and instantly recognized a loosely-adapted leopard print that looks equally fabulous on Nancy Braithwaite’s bedroom walls.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Wayward angles in electric blue can be found both on Jennifer Garner’s Oscar dress and the walls of this Kelly Wearstler designed bedroom.

If Gowns Were Rooms - 2018 Oscars Edition

Not only do the embellishments of Lupita Nyongo’s Academy Awards gown perfectly mirror the colors of this powder room’s mosaic tile, but there’s another common thread as well.  In both instances, outright glamour is balanced with a dash of masculinity.  The beading on the dress is almost spike like and the diagonal line it follows is reminiscent of a military sash.  The tile too takes on a subdued role when paired with spartan accessories.

All Oscars photos are from People.  Head over there to see the rest of the red carpet arrivals.  Who knows…maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your next redecorating project.

4 Ideas for Hosting a Movie Night with Girlfriends

Movie night is as good an excuse as any to throw a party.  Here are 4 movies that are perfect for a Girls Night and are worth the effort.


How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Starring:  Winona Ryder, Maya Angelou & Dermot Mulroney

Synopsis:  A quilting bee gathers to make a wedding quilt for Winona Ryder’s character.   They all share the stories of the great loves of their lives and give the somewhat reluctant bride a lot to think about.

Perks:  Celebrates the unique bond that women share, fantastic cast, hunky men

What to Serve:  This is a heartfelt story, set in California’s wine country.  Wine and cheese are definitely appropriate.


Bridesmaids (2011)

Starring:  Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph & Rose Byrne

Synopsis:  Kristen Wiig freaks out when her best friend, Maya Rudolph gets engaged and cozies up to Rose Byrne.  A hot mess of hilarity ensues.

Perks:  About a dozen of the funniest women on TV are in this movie, nostalgic soundtrack, cute puppies

What to Serve: This is a wedding movie.  Serve cake and champagne!


Mermaids (1990)

Starring:  Winona Ryder, Cher & Christina Ricci

Synopsis:  Never were a mother and daughter more different than Cher and Winona Ryder.  Their differences come to a head when they move to small New England town in 1963.

Perks:  The 3 female leads have fantastic chemistry, you will definitely feel less awkward about your teenage years, a great depiction of the ’60s

What to Serve: Channel Cher’s character in this film and offer “fun finger foods”–exclusively!  It’s the ’60s, so a cheeseball with crackers and punch are fitting.


The Sweetest Thing (2002)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate & Selma Blair

Synopsis:  Fun-loving gal pals embark on a road trip to crash a wedding after meeting one of the groomsmen in a club.

Perks:  Plenty of dirty jokes & raunchy humor, you’ll be glad you kept your club clothes from the early 2000’s,  even Cameron Diaz wears granny panties & zit cream at night

What to Serve:  Take your cue from the Chinese restaurant scene and order Chinese take out.  Pair it with an Asian-themed cocktail like a Red Lotus (vodka, lychee liquor and cranberry juice).

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