Greystone Design House International Shows How the Other Half Sits and Sleeps
Would you sit pretty on an $80,000 chair? Could you sleep at night on $17,000 bedding? L.A.’s most prominent designers show you how.
Everyone was dazzled by the recent Titans of Business and the Best of Design show house at historic Greystone mansion, partially because designers used wild abandon in curating the best of the best for the business and design titans who inspired them. Many visitors were intrigued by the lavish furnishings, and were excited to find out that some of them would be on sale at OneKingsLane.com. Their enthusiasm was a bit diminished, however, when they took a look at the price tags. Many were in that “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” category.
For example, don’t let that teddy bear whimsically displayed in the Carat Chair fool you, that seat costs about as much as a Tesla. Handmade by Tredart in France, it’s an antique made of leather, fiberglass and steel, and sells for a whopping $79,229. California-based French designer Francois Jantzen displayed it in the Bedroom/Ladies Lounge.
That makes those two “Wooly Bella” chairs at $23,999 for the pair sound reasonable. They were in the 3rd Floor Bedroom/Office, which was designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey of House of Honey, who was inspired by iconic interior designer Phyllis Morris.
And then there’s the elegant bedding in the Doheny Doll Room. Designer Kelly Morgan of Kelly Morgan Interior Design re-imagined the room as a feminine master suite, and added a bed to die for. But the prices might kill you before you have the chance to cuddle down in it. The art deco-style king headboard will set you back $6,599. The four silk pillows at the foot of the bead cost $1,799 for the set. The linen bed skirt is $1,199, and that fabulous, long silk blend, antique bolster pillow has a $1,399 price tag. The pair of faux raccoon, king throw pillows go for $1,499, and the over-sized velvet throw is priced at $1,999. Oh, and don’t forget the set of three Euroshams for $1,499, or the custom eastern king coverlet, $999. Add it all up and you’ve got a bed worth $16,992, not including mattresses and frame. Perhaps you’ll have enough leftover to purchase the art deco-style bench at the foot of the bed, for $4,999.
If you're into a more modern look, you could go for the bed in the Son's Bedroom, designed by Kelly Sutton and inspired by crystal titan Nadja Swarovski. The four-poster king bed frame is priced at $7,649; the three sets of medium-sized throw pillows got for $449 per set, and the three larger silk pillows collectively cost $975. So you could get the whole schmere for $9971, but again, mattress not included. And who could resist the tufted metal ottomans at the foot of the bed for $2,249?
The preceding makes the Custom Eastern King Bedding Set, white with gold embroidery, look reasonable, at $6,799. It’s displayed in the Master Suite, designed by Marc Thee of Marc-Michaels Interior Design, and inspired by the Queen of Motorsports Betty Jane France, whose late husband founded NASCAR.
Even the dog bed in the “Pet Room,” also designed by Marc Thee for Betty Jane French, who has a passion for helping animals in need, is a bit on the pricy side. The chic, silver upholstered box on short legs with a fluffy white pillow goes for $815.
Not quite a bargain, but a little more reasonable would be one of the silk pillows from the bed in the kelly green Halston-inspired Son’s Room, by Michael Ostrow of Grace Home Furnishings. That room is bold and breathtaking – and the pillows made from vintage green silk are going for $299 each.If you absolutely must have something from the Design House, perhaps your best bet would be the Opi nail polish, created especially for the event. It seems designers Lori Sitz-Teacher and Monique Blum of Lo + Mo Design used Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-Founder & Artist Director of Opi Products, Inc., for their inspiration in designing Daughter Lucy’s Room. Each bottle of the special polish, called Lo & Mo Do Greystone, benefits Friends of Greystone, and goes for $10.00.