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_ William Morris
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Castle Couture: Maya Williams Design

If you owned a haunted mansion, how would you decorate it?  Fractured Fairytale? Urban Dungeon?

Who might be your inspiration?

Interior designer, Maya Williams answered that question beautifully as one of this year's contributor's to the Beverly Hills Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase House.

Taking cues from two of her favorite fashion designers, Coco Chanel and Alexander McQueen, Williams and her team at Maya Williams Design used elements from Egg & Dart Home to transform the Grand Reception Hall into castle couture.

Custom-designed single-armed chairs are turned invitingly outwards to welcome guests while a glittering crystal chandelier drapes from the ceiling like one of Chanel's favorite pearl necklaces.

Details such as boucle-tweed pillows, curved chair legs, bustle-backed chairs, a photograph by Mark Shaw from a fashion house-rival and a runway-esque swath of carpet have the thematic approach completely sewn up.

The softly shimmering, glamorous wallcovering from Parisian studio, Arte, is reminiscent of McQueens' elaborate embroidery pieces and created with metal and glass. The paper carries an equally impressive price tag: It took $20,000-worth to line the hallway. Sometimes there's a fee for fabulous.

"I think anyone can take the person they love most and create [their style] in a room. Take a look at what they're known for, and what they're best at and apply it --whether it's in the fabric, or the colors or the wall covering and just get creative and have fun."


The Designer Showcase House will be open through November 24, 2013.

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