Thursday, January 29, 2009

Behold... The Pink Palace!

Browsing through "Hollywood at Home" by Architectural Digest I came across this gem, Jayne Mansfield's "Pink Palace" in Bel-Air. Nothing new, but its new to me! This place is so bad I can't look away. I can see where Anna Nicole and Bobby Trendy drew their inspiration.

Pink Palace

Exterior of the pink Spanish/Southern Mediterranean-style mansion on Sunset Boulevard. It contained 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, dining room, bar, library, and wine-cellar. There was also a 3-bedroom staff suite and guest house on the property. The actress had the entire place -from the surrounding walls to the actual mansion they enclosed- painted baby pink and sprinkled with the powder of crushed sandstone.


The staircase of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay's home was decorated with her magazine covers.


Jayne on the balcony overlooking the living room.

The indoor fountain near the window was equipped to circulate champagne. The lettering in the arabesque above the living room fireplace commemorated her marriage to Hargitay, who did much of the handiwork in the house. Her favored motif, hearts, was quilted into the purple sofas.

The savvy bombshell wrote to over 1,500 furniture and building suppliers asking for free samples to decorate her home in exchange for promotional appearances and bragging rights. She scored over $150,000 in goods for her $76,000 mansion. The price of an average house at the time was $7,000.


Red leather office. Note Jayne's pink typewriter.


The Copper Room with ceiling made of real copper.

Copper Room

Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay in the Pink Palace


Jayne and Powderpuff in the couple's pink bedroom. You can see the heart-shaped fireplace in the reflection of the stained-glass mirror headboard.



One of the home's 8 bathrooms with a heart-shaped tub, pink marble blacksplash, and pink shag walls.



Hubby Mickey.




Jayne had Hollywood's first-ever Heart-shaped pool, complete with matching Jacuzzi. Mickey had "I Love You Jaynie" written on the bottom in gold-leaf mosaic.

Sadly, it was demolished in 2002.

Monday, January 26, 2009

More uploads from my style file

After a year living in Germany, I've really started missing the whole laid back West-coast, MCM vibe. Just looking at those palm trees and sunny pool makes me wistful. Its been a dark, cold winter and its looking at beautiful sunny homes like Michael Maloney's (below) that help.

[Photographs by Joe Schmelzer]

Above: Sitting room in the newly renovated home of Rupert Smith and Warren Mathee, owners of Chemistry of Living Boutique in Cape Town. The wallpaper is Osborne and Little, the lounge suite is a second-hand score.

[From "Elle Decoration South Africa"]

Sunday, January 25, 2009

YOLO Colorhouse Paints

YOLO Colorhouse (named after founders Virginia "Yo" Young and Janie "Lo" Lowe) offers a limited designer palette of environmentally-friendly paints in natural colors.

To assist you in making color choices, you can order color family cards and poster-sized swatches before committing to a color.

YOLO Colorhouse Paints

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009