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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.

If SAG Awards Gowns Were Rooms…

The red carpet of last night’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards brought to mind many a room.  From the daring risk takers to the tastefully understated, dresses from the event bear strong resemblances to some stunning feats of interior design.  Thus, if gowns from the 2017 SAG Awards were rooms, they’d look like this…

Nicole Kidman donned my favorite gown of the evening, putting the “siren” in “screen siren” with a none too subtle ornithology themed dress.  With a parrot head on each shoulder–complete with real feathers–and cascading green sequins, her dress called to mind Jared Seligman’s kelly green living room that features of collection of taxidermy birds, including a parrot and peacock as shown above.

Busy Philipps was another risk taker who dazzled.  Although camouflage and sequins do not traditionally go hand in hand, perhaps they should.  Her gown channeled the sparkle, violet hues, and camo print that make this Parisian apartment by Sandra Benhamou so enchanting.

A Deco dagger motif and the glamor of gold form an undeniable bond between this powder room and Zuri Hall’s 2017 SAG Awards gown.

Judith Light redefined ageless in a slinky, velvet, royal blue gown.  Similarly, this room–with it’s simple shapes and monochromatic moody blues–is equally timeless.

One can always count on Viola Davis for a clean, polished, and stunning look on the red carpet.  Last night’s white gown kept that tradition alive.  Notice how her necklace mimics the Sputnik chandelier and how the peaks of her neckline imitate the arched tops of the dining chairs in this room by Vicente Wolf.

Delicate flesh tone hues and intricate pattern adorn both Emily Blunt and this dining room.

Both feature a black floral pattern and both tease an intimate reveal.  The subject of the portrait in the Hotel Providence bears a shoulder while Emma Stone’s gown suggests  a “wardrobe malfunction”.

Perhaps more revealing, however, was Julie Bowen’s lacework dress with geometric panels that could easily be attributed to trelliage–like that found in this sunroom.

Hats off to all the ladies who graced the red carpet of the 2017 SAG Awards last night, especially these gorgeous 8.  Oscars, you’re on deck!

If Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes Were Rooms…

Dresses from the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet composed a display worthy of the hype this event receives.  And, since fashion and interior design are so inextricably intertwined, it’s only prudent that we explore how the garb of starlets translates to interior decoration.  If you could haul last night’s red carpet into the home, it might look something like this…

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Unfussy and classically beautiful, Anna Kendrick’s impeccably fitted and draped Vionnet gown of gray chiffon evokes this elegant yet understated living room by Windsor Smith.

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Mustard can smolder–especially when worn by Emily Ratajkowski.  Besides sharing a hue, her dress and this room have something else in common: both featured a simply shaped metallic accent.  Emily’s glittering collar plunges down the front of her dress, while a mirrored coffee table adds a silvery pop to this Jerry Jacobs designed interior.

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Lola Kirke, star of Mozart in the Jungle, showcased her natural beauty in minimal makeup, almost no jewelry, and a playful pink a-line gown studded with pansies.  Similarly, this living room by Maddux Creative keeps things simple and stylish with just a dash of pink and a grid of floral photographs.

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If you didn’t know who Trace Lysette was, you do now.  The stunning screen siren donned a formfitting, green dress to the 2017 Golden Globes.  It was difficult–if not impossible–to take notice of her.  Not unlike Lysette, this dining room features a stunning fireplace whose statuesque form is emphasized by ornate flourishes rendered in a show-stopping emerald shade.

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Ruth Negga’s red carpet gown was shimmering, temperate, and decidedly modern.   Her sequins instantly reminded me of foxed mirrored walls and the cool, tasteful restraint of this dining room.

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The 2017 Golden Globes made a case for the return of menswear.  My favorite example of this was Octavia Spencer’s choice.  Instead of black, she went with navy, which photographs beautifully on the red carpet.  Statement earrings and a cropped, ankle-length pant femmed up her ensemble.  Satin accents and velvet heels provided for some textural variety.  Surely Peter Mikic would approve.  His bedroom too is navy, masculine, and has a touch glamour.

All dress photos courtesy of E! Online.  Which look or looks did you like best?

4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow Inspired by Emmy Gowns

Yellow gowns dazzled on the red carpet of the 2016 Emmy Awards.  Shades ranging from lemonade to dandelion compliment a variety of skin tones and are having a moment in fashion.  As always, fashion informs interior design–or perhaps the reverse is true.  In any case, here are 4 ways to decorate with yellow inspired by gowns worn to the 68th Emmy Awards.

If you love Angela Bassett’s acid-dijon-yellow, batwinged frock…

…then consider taking an equally fearless approach to decor and slather your walls in a bold shade a la Kim Bachmann…

4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow Inspired by the 68th Emmy Awards

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If you prefer a more citrusy shade of yellow enhanced by ornate, feminine details much like Lianne La Havas’ dress…

4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow Inspired by Emmy Dresses

via Vogue

…then take a page out of Thom Filicia’s book and put citron paint to statement-making furniture…

Yellow Decor Inspired by the 2016 Emmys

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Or, if you have a sunny disposition and a penchant for throwbacks like the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aka Ellie Kemper who donned this patterned, retro number…

…then embrace vintage pattern in a subtle sulfur hue…

4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow Inspired by the 2016 Emmys Red Carpet

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However, if it was Mandy Moore’s ruffled marigold gown that caught your eye at the 2016 Emmys…

Inspired by the 68th Emmys: 4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow

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…then go goldenrod in an unexpected way like this beaded chandelier…

Inspired by Yellow Gowns on the Red Carpet of the 2016 Emmy Wards...4 Ways to Decorate with Yellow

Which approach do you prefer?

If Met Gala Gowns Were Rooms…

The Met Gala 2016 was–not surprisingly–fecund with eye candy and inspiring fashion that, in many cases, recalls equally stunning interiors.  Here are 5 such instances…

If Met Gala Gowns Were Rooms | Met Gala 2016 | Kendall Jenner

What do this Miles Redd decorated room and Kendall Jenner’s Met Gala 2016 gown have in common?  How about dizzying patterns (faintly reminiscent of trelliage) in classic blue and white?  That and they can both be described as arrestingly beautiful.

If Met Gala Gowns Were Rooms | Beyonce | Met Gala 2016 | Motley Decor

Nude meets grapefruit to form the shade that best describes Beyonce’s Met Gala gown and this stunning room by Suzanne Tucker.  However, the similarities don’t end there.  Notice how the moody abstract art echoes Beyonce’s smoky eye makeup.

Met Gala 2016 | If Gowns Were Rooms on Motley Decor | Olivia Wilde

Katherine Kwong and Olivia Wilde were on the same wave length when they chose this door and gown, respectively.  In both bases, the studs and rivets impart an edgy feel to something that was already gorgeous.

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A muted agave hue, towering heights, and delicate floral touches unite Karolina Kurkova’s 2016 Met Gala Gown and Erin Fetherston’s dining room in a cross-disciplinary design duo.

If Gowns Were Rooms | Red Carpet Inspired Design on Motley Decor | Met Gala 2016 | Zoe Saldana

With neutral bases–one in white and one in black–both this Spanish bedroom and Zoe Saldana’s gown for the Met Gala 2016 celebrate colorful plumage (or fur).  After all, mother nature’s wonders always trump man’s.

For more red carpet inspired design, read my previous post on Oscar gowns and their interior design equivalents.

If Oscar Gowns Were Rooms

I’ve been looking forward to the Oscars all month and last night did not disappoint.  So many actresses brought their A-game to the red carpet that it was difficult to choose a “best dressed”.  However, following are 5 contenders who’s ensembles recalled some pretty spectacular interiors.  If Oscar gowns were rooms, they might look like this…

If Charlize Theron's Oscar Gown Were a Room

What do Charlize Theron and Max Azria’s foyer have in common?  Sparkling jewels that plunge to depths previously unimagined.  The color red.  Oh yes, and both make an arresting first impression.

If Tina Fey's Oscar Gown Were a Room

Seeing Tina Fey in a bold color was a rare treat.  She radiated in a flattering, royal purple dress and matching diamond-and-amethyst choker.  Feminine curves, limited adornments, and–of course–that stunning shade of violet–unite this opulent vanity and everyone’s favorite funny girl.

If Cate Blanchett's Oscar Gown Were a Room

Cate Blanchett is known for her daring red carpet choices.  She often takes risks in the name of fashion.  Last night the screen siren fluttered across the red carpet in a feather-embellished aqua gown.  Like Cate, this room wears aqua, incorporates feathers, and pushes the boundaries of classic design.

If Saoirse Ronan's Oscar Gown Were A Room

This kitchen and nominee Saoirse Ronan’s dress share a murky, sexy shade of green with a glittering sheen.  In the case of the kitchen, it’s thanks to a lacquer finish.  Ronan’s dress, on the other hand, is made metallic by thousands of sequins.

If Priyanka Chopra's Oscar Gown Were a Room

Priyanka Chopra, star of Quantico, may very well have stolen the show (at least on the red carpet) from her more seasoned peers at the 2016 Oscars last night.  She can only be described as drop dead gorgeous and the gown she chose was equally exquisite.  Like Khloe Kardashian’s dining room, Chopra is luminous in white with light filtering through lacy cutouts.

So who was best dressed?  I’m at a loss.  Tell us what you think in the comments.

Red Carpet Inspired Design: 2016 Grammy Awards

Whenever I see a woman with a strong sense of style, I can’t help but wonder what her home might look like.  Is it as fashionable as she is?  Last night, as I watched the 2016 Grammys, I marveled at songstresses like Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, and Adele as they paraded across the red carpet–curious to know how their styles carried over into home decor.  Here’s how I imagined each of their outfits might translate into a diva-worthy vanity area…

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga 2016 Grammys Red Carpet Inspired Design

Lady Gaga–never one for subtlety–glided across the red carpet in a sapphire blue Asian-inspired gown, paired with towering red platforms.  Her hair and makeup were equally strong and the overall effect was stunning.  For her hypothetical vanity, a Chinese Art Deco rug echoes the vibe of her dress.  The desk and mirror take their color cue from the blue rug.  Black Murano glass sconces recall the embroidery and the funky red chair is as unexpected as her shoe choice.

Florence Welch

Florence Welch 2016 Grammys Red Carpet Inspired Design

Florence Welch looked whimsical in minimal makeup, flaming locks, and blush pink chiffon, embellished with sequined appliques.  The shape of her dress was relaxed, boho, and maybe a little 70s.  I imagined her vanity would follow suit.  A pink wicker peacock chair would serve as her throne and blend into rose quartz painted walls.  A silver Moroccan pouf and star-shaped lantern both reinforce the bohemian feel with their similar geometric designs.  In lieu of a traditional vanity, I gave her a trompe l’oeil lucite table that feels delicate and mimics her long skirt.  On top sits an antique vanity mirror and red votive candle holders.


Adele 2016 Grammys Red Carpet Inspired Design

Adele showed up a glittering black number with classic appeal.  Her look remained fresh thanks to soft makeup and unfussy hair.  I imagined her primping in an all-black room with walls covered in Cole & Son’s draped design.  A black lacquer console table serves as her vanity, accompanied by a chair with hand-applied egg shell that gives the illusion of sparkle.  A Venetian mirror in black adds a touch of glamour.  Underfoot is an over-dyed ebony rug and overhead is a simple alabaster globe pendant that glows like her pretty face.

I can’t wait to see what inspiration the Oscars’ red carpet provides…

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