No, I’m not a single man, but to say I adore every aspect of the interior style of Tom Ford‘s 2009 film is indeed a truth. From the first time I saw A Single Man, I knew I had to replicate the Hollywood Regency style and softly glamorous feel in my own living room as soon as possible! Because the decor in the film spoke to me on so many levels, I knew the look and the feel was absolutely “me” and my style. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect living room than that of the character played by Julianne Moore in the film. I love a great cocktail party, old world elegance, vintage pieces, a mix of textures, sixties fashion, and all-around glamour.
For me, a living room should be a haven in which conversation is effortless. It should be comfortable and inviting – yet, still exciting. It needs to hold an individual’s interest and be appealing to the eye. While the bedroom should be serene, a living room should be welcoming and calming, yet still a pleasant and lively space infused with a few exceptional conversation pieces.
my crescent sofa from Again and Again- Dallas, TX
I began bringing the style of this movie to life in my own townhouse bit by bit. I found the fabulous 1961 crescent sofa at Again and Again in Dallas. I may recover it someday, but for now, I find the soft peach velvet to be pleasant and warm. I mixed the sofa against a modern contemporary graphic rug from Calypso Home in a beautiful charcoal gray. And, the sofa and rug mixed perfectly with the white marble top brass side tables I found last fall at the The White Elephant Antique store in Dallas.
my one of a kind vintage leg lamp from Pocket Full of Heirlooms - made with 1930s mannequin legs
detail of the lamp’s skirt from Pocket Full of Heirlooms
And, the mannequin leg lamp? I purchased it at the Missing Q Press holiday party last year in Dallas. I thought I was just going to be leaving with stationary and somehow managed to exit with a letterpress calendar AND a lamp made with 1930s mannequin legs. I can assure you it is one of a kind. The lamp was designed by Pocket Full of Heirlooms. It’s beautifully done and even lovelier when lit. One of my favorite movies growing up was Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. I feel like this is my grown up Alice in Wonderland piece! The lamp certainly sparks many a conversation and adds an extraordinary dose of whimsy to the space. I love it.
antique marble top claw footed brass side tables from The White Elephant – Dallas, TX
I think the most important thing about decorating is not to purchase everything at once. If you want a room to truly speak to you, then you should be sure you are surrounded by things you truly love. Can’t find that perfect coffee table? Then store your books on a side table or away in a closet until you find the one you can’t live without. If you purchase things here and there and always keep your eye out for that must-have piece, you will never forget the moment you first saw it and you will be glad you waited! Often, the ideal piece will find you at an unexpected time. I’ve purchased a piece of artwork from a local post office shop before. The owner of the shop made it herself out of antique house numbers- so I knew there wasn’t another one in the entire world quite like mine!
Lastly, inspiration is incredibly important when it comes to creating a space that speaks to you and that you adore more with each and very use. I would keep an inspiration binder and when you see a photograph or a picture in a magazine that grabs your attention- tear it from spread and store it in your binder. You will be amazed at how many images you compile! Whether it’s a chair, a small desk tray, a mirror, a light fixture, or even a door knob- it’s all about the details when it comes to interiors. And, until you find that perfect picture frame for the mantelpiece – a gorgeous bunch of your favorite fresh flowers will do just fine!
Quick Tips: 1.) The ‘Wow’ Piece: Purchase one statement piece to serve as the focus of the room (be it a great sofa, ottoman, chair, etc.). This could be your investment piece.
2.) Color: Paint your palette beforehand – pick at least 3 colors you are going to stick with. For my living room, they are: charcoal, peach, and gold
3.) Unique: Add something meaningful to the space- be it a piece of artwork or a curious dish on a side table that simply begs for a second glance!
4.) Accessorize! This is basically dressing up your room- pick out fun rugs and pillows that you adore! I purchase mine at a moderate price point (like West Elm) – that way I can change them out with the seasons.. and my moods!