Monday, December 05, 2011

Downstairs at Maison de Luxe

I want to thank Luxe Magazine for inviting me to attend last week's Maison de Luxe Opening Night Gala event. The show house, taking place at the glorious Greystone estate in Beverly Hills, is quite a success thanks to the hard work and skill of an impressive mix of designers. Over the next few days, I plan to show my photos of the house. (You'll have to forgive the quality of some of the images; taking photos at night with people milling about is not my area of expertise.)

The house is around 50,000 square feet, so needless to say, I took a lot of photos. Today's post features the rooms on the first floor and basement. Tomorrow, it's the upstairs that will be the focus. There are many other decorator rooms that I was not able to photograph, so if you happen to be in Los Angeles over the next few weeks, I highly encourage you to visit the show house for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

First up, the Grand Entry Foyer that was decorated by Timothy Corrigan. Corrigan chose a rich red Phillip Jeffries grasscloth paper to warm up the vast space.

Corrigan also designed the Grand Center Hall on the second floor.

A Corrigan vignette on the second floor.

A detail of one of the urns flanking Corrigan's seating area in the second floor hall.

Looking down the stairs into the Grand Hall and Card Room, both decorated by Michelle Nussbaumer. Born settees were a popular accent in a few rooms.

Looking across Nussbaumer's Card Room.

Two card tables at the ready.

One side of the Card Room.

This fixture in the Card Room caught my eye.

Barry Dixon decorated the Library.

One side of the Library.

I'm taken with this intaglio table (one of a pair) that Dixon chose for his room.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of this vintage dog book that was displayed on a cocktail table in Dixon's room.

The Living Room as envisioned by Jamie Drake.

Mary McDonald decorated the East and West Grand Halls in shades of blue and white. How stunning is that ceiling?

An assemblage of brackets with blue and white porcelain and white flowers.

McDonald even created vignettes above the doors.

Two more detail shots of McDonald's Hall.

Suzanne Rheinstein decorated the Guest Suite. At either end of the room were screens upholstered in her new embroidered Vermicelli fabric for Lee Jofa.

A square born settee.

The opposite side of the Guest Suite.

Philip Gorrivan's Breakfast Room.

Another view of the Breakfast Room.

And another born settee.

A detail of the Kyle Bunting rug used in the Breakfast Room.

The Social Secretary Room as designed by Kathryn Ireland.

The Dining Room by David Phoenix.

Phoenix chose one of my current favorite china patterns for the table: Alberto Pinto's Champignon.

Nathan Turner's handiwork is seen in the Rec Room off of the basement bowling alley.

A vintage issue of Playboy graced the bar in Turner's room.

All photos with the exception of the exterior were taken by Jennifer Boles for The Peak of Chic.


  1. The Greystone estate has been used for a location for many films, especially the exterior. I have been enthralled by the house ever since seeing "Dead Ringer" with Bette Davis on TV in the late 60s; in those days one could read the credits and see where the films were shot.

  2. What a FAB visual report of the decorated house. I particularly enjoyed the ceiling in the hall...just gorgeous dahhling.

  3. Love Greystone and surely the designers did some wonderful work but what good bones to begin!

  4. Love Greystone and surely the designers did some wonderful work but what good bones to begin!

  5. Wow! The art is spectacular!

  6. Thank you for these great shots. I think that I will love Greystone when I get there. Mary

  7. So fabulous! Can't wait to see more photos. Hope you had a great trip.

  8. I've been anticipating this show house for a while. Thank you for the spectacular tour. Mary McDonald does it again. Her halls were beautiful. Come visit our Thanksgiving trip to Paris post and enter our giveaway--a gorgeous faux tortoise chest worth $1,200!

  9. Anonymous6:46 PM

    Absolutely Stunning! This was a wonderful post. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Wow! Wonderful second floor hall urn, Card Room screen, intaglio table, walls in breakfast room, Kyle Bunting rug! And, so much more. Great tour.

  11. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Thank you so much for the tour! I've been waiting for the unveiling and feel like I was there with your great shots.

  12. Crans Baldwin6:43 AM

    I would like to thank Luxe Magazine for the incredible effort they put into this showhouse/palace. As a supplier, I can attest to the monumental "behind-the-scenes" labor that went into this, but what an outstanding result! We love Jamie's room, of course, but every room was impressive. Thanks to all the designers for a visual banquet!

  13. Anonymous10:44 PM

    shoot. i was invited, i should have gone. i would have loved to meet you!!! i had no idea the caliber of designers - all my favorite s- i love dixon's library - and nussbaumer's room and suzanne's. wow. too many to name!

  14. I would like to thank for the efforts you’ve put in posting this blog.

  15. How Fabulous!! I would have loved to see it, So many amazing spaces and details! Thank you for sharing!