10 March, 2009

Lux Lease on Small Spaces...

Above- Instant glamour... Mirrored dressing table, reflective surfaces can make a small space look infinitely larger.

I found this article from Elle Decor about the interior design & decoration of Marcia Cross ' [of Desperate Housewives television program] on-set trailer at Universal Studios. I just love how this small space was transformed into a cosy, but glamorous & luxurious hide away nook. I have to say that the use of colour and its application attracted me firstly with its deep dark walls and sumptuous lift on a pale Tiffany aqua blue combined with reflective mirrored surfaces, stainless steel and pure white timber [trims], and glazed light ceramic [lamp bases]... combining contrasting patterns in irregular animal like spots, Missoni-like zig zags, and Florentine wall paper scrolls on a back drop of solid espresso and light aqua

Soft blue mixes with chocolate brown to create a rich, serene between-takes retreat.
Rarely do the terms “glamour” and “trailer” go hand in hand, except when you’ve tiptoed into actress Marcia Cross’s chocolate-and-aqua-velvet-encased trailer on the set of Desperate Housewives at Universal Studios. “It’s like walking into a chocolate kiss,” enthuses David Brian Sanders, the Los Angeles-based interior designer who transformed the 12x30-foot space into Marcia’s own private between-takes haven. Wrapped luxuriously in shades of warm brown velvet and pale blue—plush espresso-colored carpet, cocoa-colored sea-grass wall covering, soft blue upholstery, fresh bursts of crisp white trim—the trailer is a study in how to shut out the bright lights and big demands of the outside world and make one feel like, well, a star.
Designer David Brian Sanders, a former talent agent, is no stranger to Hollywood life. “My only design requirements,” he says, “were to use her favorite colors and make the space as private as possible.” The dazzling touches—mirrored surfaces and exquisite yet child-friendly accessories—were the surprise elements that Sanders chose from a favorite shop, Grace Home Furnishings, in Los Angeles. “I wanted her to feel like a star,” the designer muses. “I wanted her to feel beautiful and glamorous, and I wanted to create a nest-like environment with special pieces and soft textures—velvets, silks, and satins. It’s really the combination of those elements that creates the Old Hollywood look.”
The accomplished actress and new mom of 7-month-old twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, couldn’t agree more. “When I first saw my trailer, I was in awe. My home is quite casual and not done at all,” Marcia says. “This space is beautiful and rich in every detail. It brings me so much pleasure to be in it and have it be my little oasis on long workdays.” With privacy and luxury in place, how does the actress, wife, and mother of two use her retreat? “I can be here for 12 hours in a day,” answers Marcia, “so I use it for everything—eating, sleeping, time on the computer—but most important, for squeezing in some sacred family time. Yesterday my desk became a changing table while the girls were visiting. The lush curtains were perfect for their naptime.” When asked to share her favorite elements of this snug and hushed retreat—a world away from her character’s brightly lit and spartanly crisp on-set household—Marcia is pressed to choose just one. “There is so much I love about the trailer that I cannot pick one thing. I delight in the divan, I am in awe of my vanity, and the desk is beyond fantastic.” But after giving it some thought, she decides that it’s the way she can welcome her real life into her work breaks that makes her happiest about her newly decorated trailer. “My favorite thing is having my girls visit and filling it with diapers, toys, and lots of cooing!”

Photograph: Joe Schmelzer / Design: David Brian Sanders, David Brian Sanders Interior Design, 132 S. Swall Dr., Suite 4, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310/729-7186, dbsinteriors.com.
Article/ Images from Traditional Home.

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