The Maison de Luxe Designer Showhouse at the Greystone mansion is one of, if not the, most famous showhouses on the West Coast. Located in Los Angeles, Greystone was built in 1928 for oil tycoon Edward L. Doheney, the stunning Gothic revival style home and its grounds have been designated as a park for the City of Los Angeles since 1971. Every year, some of the country's best designers show their skills at a showhouse at the home. And this year, Mark D. Sikes' "garden halls" have absolutely stolen my heart.
The two halls, one emerald green, and one pale turquoise fretwork, are delightful examples of the "blue loves green" color schemes Sikes is known for. And everyone knows blue and green is the best color palette in the universe anyway, so come, let us drool.
Emerald green walls with blue and white plates and ginger jars on brackets? Yes please. Skirted rectangular console table? Yes please.
The rattan chairs are from Mark D. Sikes' furniture line from Soane. Also, putting a blue and white Chinoiserie garden seat next to anything is pretty much my go-to solution for every quandary. You need a side table but don't have room? Blue and white garden seat. You need extra seating that easy to get out of the way? Blue and white garden seat. You have a zit that won't go away? Put Neosporin on it, and then go buy a blue and white garden seat, you'll find a spot for it!
This triple-neck brass sconce with teeny turquoise shades is obviously a fixture after my own heart.
A view to the other side of the hall shows fluffy ferns on fluted columns, And you get a peek at the killer peaked pediment over the door.
OH BABY -- the second hall space is pretty much what the inside of my brain looks like on any given day. Bright, elegant, classic and happy.
Schumacher's iconic "Zanzibar Trellis" wallpaper in the aqua colorway provides the perfect fretted backdrop for this Chinoiserie garden inspired fantasy. I love the contrast of the breathy wall color and furniture palette with the graphic black and white floors, and the hefty wooden doors.
Framed Gracie paper provides the visual effect of the handpainted panels without the small fortune it would cost to actually cover the hall in this stuff. The rattan sofa is again from Sikes' line from Soane.
The trees potted in seagrass baskets could not get any more charming, and help to truly bring the outside in. I also love that they are trees and not, the somewhat more obvious, topiaries. The leafy casual vibe of the trees works so much better for a southern California manse, than the clipped East Coast formality of a boxwood.
Another skirted rectangular tale adds a dash of silk glamour amongst the profusion of natural textures.
These spaces pretty much read like a grocery list of killer design elements: emerald green walls and velvet, blue and white porcelain everywhere, hefty mouldings and doors, brass accents, crips white millwork, aqua fretwork, black and white floors, skirted console tables, potted trees, Gracie paper, and lots of natural texture. What makes these spaces so great is the flawless juxtaposition of the elegant formality of this historic home and the pretty, breathy, airy, garden inspired decorative scheme. So lovely.