Magazine article Out

Out's Guide to the Finer Things in Life

Magazine article Out

Out's Guide to the Finer Things in Life

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Deborah Bowness's hand-printed wallpaper designs adorn high-profile walls around the world, including London and New York's Soho Houses, several Philippe Starck hotels, and the Christian Lacroix boutique in Paris, and since debuting in 2000, they've become one of the chicest and easiest ways to freshen up your living space. Why lug all those books around from place to place or commit to buying that Corbusier chair-throw up one of Bowness's panels instead (though they won't save you much money-the 22-inch x 130-inch panels start at $300).


* Once confined to gentlemen's lodges and trophy rooms, antlers bounded into hipster haunts and homes with a vengeance during the past two years, making them as entirely unavoidable and unoriginal as most "Umbrella" remixes. It's time to put the animals back in their cages, or attics as it were.


Moving from the English countryside of 1935 to 1939 London might not seem like a night-and-day switch-up, but for production designer Sarah Greenwood, leaving the buttoned-up manor she brought to life in last year's Atonement for the dizzy glamour of the playful pied-à-terre in the just-released Miss Pettigrew Lives a Day was a breath of fresh air. Greenwood, who was nominated for an Oscar for her sets on 2005's Pride & Prejudice, was eager to create a world for Pettigrew's stars (Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, and an especially adorable Lee Pace) to inhabit. Using archival images of projects created by period designers William Haines (see below) and Dorothy Draper, she straddles art deco and Hollywood Regency to sumptuous results. …

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