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Luxurious, sparkling, and oh-so-chic spaces

Written and produced by Lucy Fitzgerald
  • From gilt to starburst mirrors, powder rooms to dining rooms, the opulence is tangible in these spaces that will make you feel like a legend of stage and screen. 

    Here, a gathering area composed of ivory and gray glitters with touches of silver and soft candlelight. The painting above the settee and two chairs introduces notes of lavender to keep the palette warm and inviting.

  • This French-inspired master bath is drenched in luxury. A master of country French design, Charles Faudree created an ultra-feminine space full of gilt details, reflective surfaces, and marble furnishings. Octagonal mirrors surround the transition area between master bedroom and bath, concealing practical storage options. The space is anchored by a capacious tub beneath two windows framed with formal damask swags and opaque silk café curtains with gold tassels.

    Designer: Charles Faudree

  • This dressing area is a shoe fancier’s paradise.  Organized into individual boxes lined neatly along shelves, the shoes can easily be concealed with ivory curtains instead of solid doors for a dreamy effect. A fluffy white faux fur-and-Lucite chair adds glamour straight out of Sex and the City.

  • This dining room stuns with glamorous textures and surfaces, from the glowing damask of the wall covering to the silver leaf perimeter of the white-painted wood floors. A fabulous chandelier from Dennis & Leen hangs above the round dining table; the chairs’ rounded backs complement the large-scale wall covering from Area International.

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    Photographs: Werner Straube
    Designer: Gail Plechaty

  • Chocolate and caramel hues look striking against simple white walls and a plush ivory area rug. Drapery from Scalamandré marries the warm brown of the furniture with clean ivory.

  • A dressing room painted in soft gray features mirrored closet doors and a stainless-topped island for extra glam.

  • The asymmetrical bathroom exudes a luxurious serenity all its own. “European Gray” from Benjamin Moore wraps the space in a cool hue. Silk window panels, a crystal chandelier, and a framed charcoal drawing lend subtle opulence.

    Click to explore more of this bright, white, and inviting Chicago home.

  • Romance abounds in this parlour room, designed by Charles Farruggio. Created for a “marriage proposal celebration,” the space is filled with tangible glamour and opulence.  An antique Murano chandelier hangs above a table for two. Warm gray walls cocoon the space, and a metallic vinyl wall covering adds champagne-like sparkle to the ceiling. A sofa covered in fabric by Kravet is a comfortable spot to fantasize about wedding plans. 

    Photograph: Marisa Pellegrini
    Designer: Charles Farruggio

  • Every detail of this dressing area was designed to correlate with the refined, neoclassical look of other rooms in the 1913 Beaux Arts-style home. Bifurcated cabinet doors wear muntin-embellished antiqued mirrors. Wood floors match those on lower levels. A gracious area rug offers a cushy place to stand when deciding what to wear.

    Photograph: David Livingston
    Designer: Antonio Martins

  • A glass-walled, cylindrical dining room represents the fearless International Style of this home’s original architecture. The table is mounted on a motorized pedestal that was designed to lower into the floor after the guests had eaten to make room for dancing. It doesn’t get much more Hollywood-glam than this!

    See more of this historic home on the following slide.

    Photographs: John Bessler
    Designer: Eric Cohler

  • The swimming pool was a must for a lavish weekend home, which Cohler restored while preserving the original stonework. A comfortable outdoor seating area sits between the swimming pool and a small reflecting pool.

    See more of this modernist home, designed by the late famed architect Edward Durell Stone for A. Conger Goodyear.

  • This master bath features elegant architecture that creates a to-die-for setting. Underneath a smoky dome dotted with torn pieces of silver-leafed wallpaper sits a Greek-style tub with a gracious marble surround. Creamy white-painted trim and tranquil blue damask-print wallpaper add to the serenity.

    Photograph: Tria Giovan
    Designer: Suzanne Kasler

  • A crystalline chandelier lends sparkle and personality to the gilded powder room in designer Berkley Vallone’s family home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The daughter of a designer, Berkley turned designer herself and says the most important thing she tells clients is to “find things you love, and we’ll make them work.”

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    Designer: Berkley Vallone

  • The main-floor powder room features rich gold damask, complemented with bold lime and hot pink details. A gilded mirror brings even more sparkle and shine to the space, which serves as a definitive counterpoint to the modern simplicity of the rest of her home.

  • A small chair in the bedroom lives large in a bold cheetah print.

  • “This is my favorite room,” Berkley says. “I love the glamour of it. It’s like a giant dressing room.” With its girly pleated skirt, a pink ottoman from Hickory Chair is ideal for lounging.

  • The master bath and dressing room combined are larger than the master bedroom. A tub from Sunrise Specialty fitted with Waterworks’ crystal-handled “Boulevard” faucet look elegant against the light Carrara marble walls and floors. Framed vintage Barbie prints are lined up above the tub for a touch of shamelessly girly glam.

  • A mirrored tea tray holds small glass dishes and perfume bottles, bringing tiny pops of color to the marble vanity. Such dainty details feel right at home in this glamorous master bath.

    See more of Berkley’s stylish family home here.

  • This Palm Beach home may be close to the ocean, but cool cocktails are better served poolside. The crisp white façade of the home extends to the pool area, accented with indigo and navy details for a classic American aesthetic. A quartet of towering palms gives the yard a definitively glamorous vibe.

    Photograph: Robert Brantley
    Designer: Jack Fhillips

  • Actor and author Sidney Poitier fills his Beverly Hills home (designed by wife Joanna) with classical furnishings and eclectic details. In Joanna’s study, and 18th-century chinoiserie desk and an antique black-leather Italian chair establish the gorgeous workspace.

    See more of the Poitiers’ home here.

    Photograph: Edmund Barr
    Designer: Joanna Poitier

  • This Ritz-Carlton Showcase apartment designed by Doug Atherly exemplifies a naturally clean, Zen-like space high above the streets of Chicago. In the contemporary living room, a low L-shaped sofa from Minotti establishes the seating area, which is surrounded by a wrap-around sofa cabinet to keep the simple space clutter-free.

    See more from this exquisite apartment on the following slides.

    Photographs: Werner Straube
    Designer: Doug Atherly

  • At one end of the living room is a sleek bar area designed by Mick De Giulio. The unit is made of polished stainless steel cabinet doors with clear glass inserts, which contrasts with the glossy ebony walnut below. Crystal knobs add a hint of glamour.

  • In the dining room, a chandelier by Bocci serves as the graphic focal point above the table, appointed with white china and Baccarat crystal. The space takes full advantage of the apartment’s wonderful view of the Chicago skyline. Janette Kerr’s “Fragments of Fire” painting hangs on the window for an unexpected touch.

  • A cozy breakfast area helps the apartment’s kitchen multitask. Polished nickel hardware, granite countertops, and lacquered gray cabinets from SieMatic BeauxArts reflect the city skyline and keep the room bright, while black wooden floors ground the space.

  • A luscious bedroom dressed in cappuccino, chocolate, and cream is suited for Hollywood royalty. A custom tufted headboard establishes the repeating rectangular pattern throughout; luxe fabrics in a mellow palette create a serene space that begs to be touched, far above the bustle of the city.

    See more of Doug Atherly’s apartment designed for the Ritz-Carlton Showcase.

  • This glorious English-style garden would make any Jane Austen fan swoon. Boxwood hedges surround the garden, abundant with fragrant flowers. Urns are planted with roses, geraniums, bacopa, and ivy, imbuing the grounds with a certain air of classicism.

    Photograph: Tria Giovan
    Design: Jane E. Lappin

  • “It’s a small but glamorous sanctuary for the lady of the house to relax and admire her collection of shoes, hats, and handbags,” says interior designer Tinsley Hutson-Wiley about this shoe closet. High-fashion shoes perch on lacquered chinoiserie shelving whose curved ends accommodate traffic in and out of the confined space. The room’s pink-and-black color scheme (especially the black polka-dot wallpaper, fuchsia Art Deco chair, and black-and-white door drapery) was inspired by the fanciful rug.

    Photograph: Philip Harvey
    Designer: Tinsley Hutson-Wiley

  • A dressing area in the master bedroom is bathed in clean ivory and crisp lines. A pair of upholstered chairs face off across a luxe Lucite table. A freestanding bureau models the same classic molding in its drawers as the wall panels, which open to reveal clever storage space.

    Photograph: Werner Straube
    Designer: Gail Plechaty

  • Sheathed in mosaic tiles, this open arched shower features fiber-optic lighting that twinkles overhead like a starry sky. A matched pair of towel warmers keeps sumptuous bath towels fresh, dry, and ready to snuggle.

  • James Dean’s legendary visage peeks out over a mahogany bureau, designed by Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa. On either side of this ultra-cool portrait are English Deco wall sconces from the 1930s.

    Designer: Eric Cohler

  • In this bright dining room, a custom strié gray-green paint covers the walls, which are trimmed with silver leaf for added sparkle. Panels add to the quintessential Louis XVI look but also offer a freshness ushered in by views through three arch-topped French doors that lead to the terrace and garden.

    Photograph: Werner Straube
    Designer: Marshall Watson

  • Designer James Rixner created this Valentine’s Day-inspired living room for the Holiday House Designer Showcase. “My goal was for visitors to experience a grand traditional space in a totally new way,” Rixner says. Dark brown walls and champagne-colored draperies are punctuated with passionate red accents. Matching chairs from Century with sexy cushions are covered in tufted cinnabar silk. 

    See more inspiring rooms from the Holiday House Designer Showcase on the following slides.

    Photograph: Nick Johnson
    Designer: James Rixner

  • When it came time to decorate the stair landing in honor of a theatrical occasion, designer (and performer himself) Charles Pavarini III knew it needed to be filled with music and bold color. The black lacquer Bechstein piano (a grand instrument was a must for Pavarini) serves as a dramatic focal point for a space rich in red, orange, and gold hues. Abstract paintings by Charlotte Park hung on luxurious travertine walls are juxtaposed with the sweeping curve of the staircase. A tiger-print silk velvet by Scalamandré covers the leather ottoman, complementing the marble floors.

    Photography: Phillip Ennis
    Designer: Charles Pavarini III

  • This cozy space is dressed in mature blues and grays to reflect the theme of independence. “We are celebrating the strength of the individual and the basic human right to have time alone to reflect and learn,” say designers Thomas Hickey and Edward Yedid of Grade Architecture + Interior Design. A textured rug by Stark offers fluffy comfort underfoot. Purposely free of technology so that guests can relax unplugged, the room’s design is masculine chic—soft fabrics such as drapery silk by Christopher Hyland mix with hard surfaces, enlivened by eclectic pieces of furniture, lighting, and art—all promoting self-expression.

    Click here to see more from the Holiday House Designer Showcase.

    Photograph: Peter Rymwid
    Designers: Thomas Hickey & Edward Yedid

  • Black-and-white photos of early-Hollywood stars hang in a tight grid in this bedroom, complementing the geometric Greek key pattern at the bed. The room’s contrasting palette and canopied bed give off and air of drama. A glossy bamboo desk chair lends texture.

  • A sitting area in this lilac-infused master bedroom is given a glamorous edge with gilt details and reflective surfaces. A mirror-topped coffee table sits between twin armless chairs and an upholstered sofa, which was a family heirloom.

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    Photograph: Virginia McDonald
    Designer: Colette van den Thillart

  • Rich sapphire-blue walls inject this powder room with unexpected glamour. Fuchsia blooms pop while a vintage lamp and Murano glass bowl keep the space feminine.

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    Photographs: Werner Straube
    Designer: Jan Showers

  • The master bedroom is saturated with a serene blue-green wall paint from Benjamin Moore, creating an ethereal ambience accented by champagne hues. The bench, with its Lucite legs, adds a note of modern simplicity; the sunburst above the bed recalls retro design.

  • The same blue-green walls melt into the dressing area. A sleek, shapely chair, also with Lucite legs, takes center stage below eye-catching artwork.

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  • A lovely Tuscan-style fountain brings classic beauty to this backyard pool and lounge area. Potted plants and shrubs line the pool to enhance the lush, natural environment.

  • This handsome patio brings the elegance of the home’s interior to the outdoors. "Through the use of exterior fabrics, vinyl rugs designed to mimic sisal, and cast iron and stone pieces, we were able to create an outdoor living and dining terrace that felt as if it were an extension of the home's gracious interior," says designer Andrew Law.

    Photograph: Gordon Beall
    Designer: Andrew Law

  • This entryway, designed by Samantha Todhunter for the Ritz-Carlton Designer Showcase Apartments, makes a serious statement with a lively hand-painted wallpaper from Fromental. A chocolate lacquered console by Jonathan Adler brings the whimsical wall covering down to earth, while a jaw-dropping “Sunburst” chandelier by legendary designer Tony Duquette hangs above.

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    Photograph: Werner Straube
    Designer: Samantha Todhunter

  • The living room is kept light and airy with varying shades of purple, gray, and green. Modern fabrics mix with sweet touches, like latticework garden stools that serve as side tables. The bold butterfly rug is a silk and wool blend from The Rug Company.

  • The airy dining room is warmed with cheerful yellow accents, like the geometric pattern on the rug by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. A trestle-style dining table is topped with glass and upholstered in white linen to match the chairs. Another Tony Duquette chandelier shines above.

  • Chinese trunks are used as bedside tables in the bedroom. Samantha mixed textures with silk, velvet, and linen for a stylish yet serene effect; bed linens are by Matouk.

    See more of this apartment, designed by Samantha Todhunter.

  • Andy Warhol’s Technicolor homage to Marilyn Monroe pops against traditional furnishings, swags, and bright Prussian blue walls in this library.

    Photograph: John Bessler
    Designer: Jamie Drake

  • Like minnows shadowing whales, small, crinkly gold silk bolsters pair up in front of a duo of jumbo bolsters covered in linen on the bed. That’s just the beginning of the textural mix and assertive juxtaposition of scale that informs this master bedroom with cutting-edge interest. Above the upholstered custom headboard, which bristles with the look of a rough, natural fiber, marches the room’s pièce de résistance: a shadow-boxed set of seven rubber duckies, whose tiny scale offsets the bed’s bulk. A fun fur throw performs a touch-me finale.

    Designer: Tommy Chambers

  • Designer Julia Wong created a serene space for Chicago’s Ritz Carlton Showcase Apartments. In the living room, an end table made of petrified wood lends an industrial-chic look, which is juxtaposed against the luxurious sheen of the pillows.

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    Photographer: Werner Straube
    Designer: Julia Wong

  • A double chaise designed by Julia sits on a plush rug from Rexx Rug. The view of the city is better than any screen in this restful area, perfect for a morning cup of coffee. The soft drapery framing the vista is from Schumacher.

  • This small room had the worst view in the unit, so Julia transformed it into a super-glamorous dressing room. A velvet lipstick-red bench sits in the middle as a colorful focal point, while the rest of the palette stays elegantly neutral to highlight the homeowner’s wardrobe. Storage items from California Closets keep clothes and accessories organized.

    Click here to see more of this stylish Chicago apartment, designed by Julia Wong.

  • As an expert in historic architecture and interiors, Frank Ponterio wanted his space for Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton Showcase to represent fine living within a historical landscape. Taking his lead from the reconstructed building, he offers a modern translation of a 1920s European interior. “This was designed as an in-town place to relax,” he says. A sofa from Bradley Hughes introduces the sleek lines of the room as well as the shimmery neutral palette. A geometric grid pattern on the wall adds texture.

    See more of Frank’s elegant apartment, designed for the Ritz-Carlton Showcase.

    Photograph: Werner Straube
    Designer: Frank Ponterio

  • A workspace in the master bedroom can easily double as a vanity, especially a workspace this elegant. A desk from Lawson-Fenning is as practical as it is beautiful, its gilt drawer pulls matching the scroll mirror above. The shapely chair lends a dose of modern sensibility.

    Photograph: Grey Crawford
    Designer: Jeff Andrews

  • This masculine master bedroom is designed with dark neutrals and nuanced patterns. The dark headboard and slate-hued velvet stools mix with silver, charcoal, and white accents. Walls are painted a calm taupe. The mix of neutrals, sleek lines, and luxurious textures work together to ensure a restful retreat.

    Photograph: Colleen Duffley
    Designer: Bob Williams

  • A dreamy bedroom dressed in ivory exudes 18th-century colonialist style with dramatic drapery and crystalline details. The frothy white mosquito netting can be tightly drawn at night for a cozy fortress; fluffy white pillows at the bed match the plush rug below.

  • A celebration of natural stone, this master bathroom's shower, floor, and tub surround all feature beautifully grained, polished Equator Marmara marble tile from Artistic Tile. Antiqued Silver La Leaf Glass tile sheaths the subtly gleaming walls, while a Curly Ribbon Clear Venetian Chandelier shines from above. The animal-print upholstered bench adds a whimsical touch.

  • Contrasting textures bring life to the white color scheme in this lovely living room, designed by Laura Day for the Little Rock Showhouse. A diamond pattern on the walls wraps the space in geometric pattern, while a recessed ceiling is painted dark gray for depth and drama.

    Designer: Laura Day