Photographs by Gordon Beall
Written by Rhoda J. Murphy
One of the largest projects we have undertaken as a magazine was to stage the Traditional Home Built for Women Showhouse in New York City to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The showhouse hook: We invited leading interior designers to create beautiful interiors for influential women. The showhouse was a great financial success—we raised more than $260,000 for the Foundation. And it was a great design success too.
One of our favorite designers, Mary Douglas Drysdale, was asked to design a kitchen for the ever-fabulous singer and actress Bette Midler. As Midler is known for her impressive voice, Drysdale is known for her marvelous use of color and mix of classic elegance and modern comforts. Drawing from Midler’s talents and unique personality, Drysdale was inspired to create a kitchen with vibrant hues, eclectic art, and custom-designed comforts.