A little bit French, a little bit rustic, this entrance isn’t meant to scream grandeur. It’s meant to warmly welcome. Transom windows above and flanking the door, and the addition of a screen door give the entrance to this Beverly Hills home an unpretentious vibe, as do the giant pots overflowing with blooms. A single, traditional lantern illuminates the elegant outdoor space, similar to the Cambridge Pendant from Restoration Hardware.
The ultra-casual, overstuffed sofas with slipcovers accessorized with floral-print throws are hallmarks of decorator and designer Rachel Ashwell’s famous shabby chic style. (Ashwell is reported to have been the decorator of this home.) Neutral drapes that pool elegantly on the floor and a crystal-laden chandelier in a burnished gold finish add polish to the look, as do crown moulding and panelling, and a wall sconce. Meanwhile, a roaring fireplace amps up the coziness factor. For slipcovered shabby chic style armchairs, design-lovers need look no further than IKEA’s slipcovered Ektorp armchair in Blekinge White. Also, Home Depot carries a chandelier with similar traditionally elegant look called the Hampton Bay Tulip Cut Chandelier.
An antique oval dining table, simple wallpaper and slipcovered dining chairs mix formality and comfort graciously in Lawrence’s new Hollywood house. Linen drapes that pool on the floor are a feature that is carried through from the adjacent living room. A sheer ready-made take on these drapes is available at Bouclair, available in panels called the Sandridge curtain, and they come in a variety of lengths. For a soft, damask-print wallpaper, try Farrow & Ball’s Renaissance BP 2804.