I recently learned that Jennifer Lawrence just bought this house for $8,225,000 which was previously owned by Jessica Simpson, who commissioned a Shabby Chic remodel by Rachel Ashwell. The home is located in the infamous 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills and has over 5,500 square feet of living space. It has at one time or another also been owned by other celebrities such as Paul Hogan, Rick Yorn, and Ellen DeGeneres. The home underwent additional renovations after it was purchased from Simpson last fall as a flip which was eventually resold to Lawrence. Although the décor has been toned down from its previous frilly and more girlie state, it still has many remnants of a Shabby Chic design aesthetic which combines the use of slipcovers with a relaxed fit and vintage design elements.
In the last post we took look at how fashion can play a role in developing an approach to customizing a space that is inspired from the home interior design of a popular television series or shelter magazine photo resulting in a space that’s more personalized and reflective of your own home design aesthetic. Sadly on Monday we loss a fashion design icon that has seamlessly and successfully put his imprint on both the fashion and home design industries in grand style. In 2010 fashion design powerhouse Oscar de la Renta formed a collaboration with another powerhouse established in 1823, high-end fabric design house Lee Jofa for his debut home design collection.
One of the most interesting final exams that I’ve ever taken was in a historical interiors class which involved watching films and identifying various architectural and interior design motifs and details. Once you’ve been trained to watch a film or any television show in that manner watching TV is never the same. When it comes to my TV viewing habits there are relatively few programs that I make the effort to watch on a regular basis with the exception of my Thursday night standing appointment viewing Scandal. As a Washingtonian it’s hard to believe that watching a program about Washington political scandals could still be new or interesting. But getting back to design it struck me that for some, the homes of the leading characters are a source of inspiration. Although there is a lot of buzz about Olivia Pope’s fashion sense when it comes to her home design sense not so much. Could it be that in the mist of so many scandals it’s hard to get excited about a traditional home décor scheme?