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Greystone Design House 2014: color and FUN!

November 10, 2013

It’s rare that I take to the ol’ blog format, Facebook and other forms of social media being more to my taste. But as I want to share this across allllll those lovely social media outlets, here I am.  It’ll be short but sweet.

So my message to you about the 2014 Greystone Mansion’s Design House International is…. GO!      (runs thru 11/24)

OK, that’s it, I said short and sweet.

Ha!  Just kidding…a bit more.  I was so pleased to attend the press preview and had allocated an hour for this…which turned into 2 hours-plus. Seeing all the familiar faces was just lovely, but I especially enjoyed having a smile put on my face in many of the rooms I entered. Autumn sun streaming through the beautiful old house didn’t hurt the experience.

Overall, there is a sense this year throughout the house of fun and lightness–from the Muppets to white feathers, from the stunning white upstairs office to live goldfish-in-a-bowl centerpieces in the formal dining.  And OHHHH, just wait til you get to the bowling alley inspired by Valentino and his “Valentino red”…surprise awaits!

The designers’ direction was based on their choice of a ‘titan of business’, ranging from Phyllis Morris to Robert Greenblatt (Chair of NBC Entertainment), from Halston to Stevie Wonder, from William Randolph Hearst to Betty Jane France (queen of NASCAR racing!).

Since a picture tells a 1000 words, I’d like to share some snippets of design (we were limited to vignette photography, but that was just fine to give some great teasers!).  Enjoy…

Image One of the most eclectic rooms, but filled with things you’ll want to take home is the Living room Ballroom.  Loved this cardboard seat, but don’t miss the ART in this room (main living room) — the art / wall hangings caught my eye first thing!  Designer: Francois Jantzen for Modoo Modoo.

ImageWallpaper, you think?  Think again! Lace stencil based on a pattern by Solstiss Lace, with detail filled in by hand via a decorative artist…incredible.  This West hallway is to die for.  Designer: Francois Jantzen for Modoo Modoo.

Image Celebrate Stevie Wonder in all his collecting and musical glory! (Lisa Turner, designer, with historic African art provided by Joshua Dimondstein of Los Angeles Tribal association)

ImageYes, you enter looking at this reception hall by Maya Williams…if you aren’t immediately giving in to being transported into beauty, please exit and reenter.

ImageDesigner Fernando Diaz is just too fun…I mean, really!  Sense of humor along WITH incredible taste (ohhhh the chairs are so elegant, but guess you have to go there to see ’em!).

ImageCheery breakfast room features pieces by Vladimir Kagan and Kelly Wearstler, and this wonderful banquet. Rosie Dulbandzhyan, designer.

ImageSimple, I want this Scrabble armoir (via JF Chen, but of course).

ImageFABULOUS tub and wallpaper too!  And oooohhhh, the faucets.  Calgon, take me away (ok, actually please use your choice of French brand to match this bathroom, but you get the idea).  And again…Designer: Francois Jantzen for Modoo Modoo.

ImageIt’s fashion all the way in this room, from the BAZAAR magazine collection to the wonderful photos, and chaise, etc.  You just want to be ALL WOMAN in this room and the adjoining dream office…both by Sue Firestone/SFA Design.

ImageJust darn cool and fun, wouldn’t you agree?

ImageAs I said at the start, sense of fun and lightness.  Here is my proof.

ImageAre you Ernie or Bert?  Two beds in this fabulous boys’ room by Eric Brand give you JUST that choice! Tons of fantastic Muppet moments throughout the room.

ImagePUCCI pillow made from online-sourced scarves…I need say no more.  Yummmm.  Room by Grace Home, kudos!

ImageWho wouldn’t want to curl up and read or stare and daydream in this corner?

ImageOne of my favorite chandeliers EVER…Swarovski.

Image Well, I COULD give away the surprise downstairs, but then I’d hate myself, and you’d hate me, too.  Thanks, designer Alissa Sutton, for your great creativity and love for Valentino rolled into one (and you know you have a 2nd career now!).

I leave you now, and simply encourage you to attend, enjoy, fantasize!

Designer Barclay Butera to Design Showcase Room at Hearst Castle for Winners of “Hearst Castle Overnight”

September 3, 2009

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SAN SIMEON, CA (September, 2009) — For 2009 Hearst Castle Overnight, renowned interior and lifestyle designer Barclay Butera will create a contemporary interior inspired by the design collaboration of Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Notably, this is the first interior design of a room at Hearst Castle since Mr. Hearst left the estate in 1947.  Butera’s respect and admiration for the old Hollywood lifestyle garnered him this enviable project.

The design of this rarely seen room and special evening celebrates Mr. Hearst’s passion for the decorative arts, his graciousness in sharing this passion with countless guests and the importance of his collections housed at Hearst Castle, a State Historical Monument and California State Park.  The overnight stay at the Castle was won in a benefit auction sponsored by Friends of Hearst Castle in 2008, honoring the 50th anniversary of public access to Hearst Castle . A nonprofit cooperating association, Friends of Hearst Castle supports art preservation of Hearst Castle’s world-class collection of art and artifacts and art education, including programs for youth at-risk.

The winning couple has invited eight friends for a swim in the Neptune Pool, tennis, dinner on the terrace, a garden stroll, and an after dinner movie in the Castle theater, followed by an evening just for the two of them in this specially decorated showcase room with a view of the Pacific.

The Barclay Butera designed Hearst Castle Overnight room, will feature contemporary reproductions and interpretative designs by Hearst Castle Collection licensees whose home furnishing designs bring new awareness to the depth and importance of Mr. Hearst’s collections, while contributing significantly to Hearst Castle’s preservation. Butera is one of the select licensees, having debuted upholstery and pillows over the last year. The individual pieces and design of the room for this special evening respect the historical environment of the Castle with integrity and illustrate the contemporary relevance of Hearst Castle, its art, antiques and antiquities.

Mr. Hearst was a man with a reverence for the past and anticipation of the future. By bringing together his collections at Hearst Castle, he sent the message that one should be immersed in and surrounded by art and this message continues at Hearst Castle with the preservation of the works of art and antiquities for generations to appreciate. It is fitting that Butera who brings art “home” is redecorating a room in a home of priceless art and beauty.

Barclay Butera has great admiration for old Hollywood and great architecture, having owned former homes of Frank Sinatra and Betty Davis, and initiated  redesigns that paid respect to their special past. He did the same as creative director of the $25 million renovation of L’Auberge del Mar in Del Mar, CA, a former playground of old Hollywood.  Butera knows how to capture the era in furnishings, in this case for the ultimate home, Hearst Castle. Butera’s designs and accessories will honor the environment with integrity and interest. Proceeds from Hearst Castle Collection licensed designs benefit art preservation and education at the Castle. The design of the Hearst Castle Overnight bedroom is being accomplished through the generous contributions of: Architectural Detail Group, Barclay Butera Home, Castilian, Habersham, Hearst Castle Collection Design, Ambience by Minka Group, Pindler & Pindler, Taracea,  Tilevera, Jeff Margolin and Susan Ward Designs.

“I am honored to be selected as the interior designer on this project. I have a great respect for Mr. Hearst’s vision and am confident that he would be proud of the completed room in this incredible home,” states Barclay Butera, CEO and President of Barclay Butera, Inc.

The next Hearst Castle Overnight is planned to honor the 25th anniversary of Friends of Hearst Castle in 2010.

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Barclay Butera Home Debuts Harbor Collection, More Hearst Castle Collection at Spring 09 High Point

July 2, 2009




LOS ANGELES, CA (April 2009) – This Spring, national lifestyle designer Barclay Butera is optimistic and wants to share that outlook.  There’s been a shift:  months ago, people began to nest because they had to, and he was attuned to that with his soothing colors in Fall.  Now, he believes, people are enjoying nesting voluntarily, realizing how nice it is to nurture one’s home environment and create a haven, and also hearken to an earlier time, and a more primary color scheme.  To that end, Barclay Butera Home launches the Americana-style “Harbor Collection” at High Point Market: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings (April 25-30), Interhall #IH211.  Additionally, Butera will showcase new pieces from his continued association with the Hearst Castle Collection®, reflected in upholstery and pillows. 

The color palette of the “Harbor Collection” includes navy and indigo blues, ocean and sky blues, crimson reds, deep gold, wheat and brown. The textiles feature a variety of striped patterns—many of a nautical ilk—plaids, and of course textured solids.

For this Spring, Barclay Butera Home is proud to present all new for High Point Market:

Taylor Wing Love Seat – Clean-lined club chair feel, inspired by BBH popular Taylor chair, has elegant details such as a traditional English arm, turned legs and casters with slight wing-chair feel, while meeting an increased demand, in this case, for slipcovered furniture. Comes standard upholstered with bench cushion.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Decking Stripe Indigo/Cadet. (72”w x 32”d x 32”h)

Lido Host Chair – Host chair features tight seat and tailored legs.  Butera plays with classic designs and modern elements, adds slight wing detail and slight flair of arm.  Standard with bracket base and nailhead detail.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s casual Mazarin Nautica.  (32”w x 31”d x 34”h)

Lucia Chair—Barclay Butera for Hearst Castle Collection®,    

Butera and Hearst Castle Collection® are selectively adding to the line with this occasional chair, with slightly curved back and flared arm, patterned after one in the Casa Grande at San Simeon.  The rooms in Casa Grande were more modern in style, reflecting the changing interior design styles of the times up through the luxurious Hollywood design of the 1940s.  Upholstery exhibits taste of 1940s era, and features the modern detailing of Butera’s style.  Standard with tufted detail, nailhead, turned leg and casters.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Piazza Wheat.  (34”w x 38”d x 39”h)

Harbor Sofa — Loose back sofa with rolled arm and carved bun feet.  Large nailhead applied around inside back and around base of sofa; and small nailhead applied on arm posts.  Shown in Harbor Collection’s Glynn Linen Crimson Red.  (90”w 40”d x 39”h)

Butera’s creative collaboration with Kravet is rolling out.  His selection of original designs for Tufts by Kravet Carpet—richly textured and hand-tufted—are out and available now.  And his four-book, 300 SKU fabric collection for Kravet Collections will be launching June 2009, creatively merchandised in four lifestyle themes ala Butera’s Living in Style coffee table book (Assouline):  Beach, City, Mountain, and  Town & Country. 



Barclay Butera, Inc. is based in Newport Beach, CA, and entails the Barclay Butera collection showrooms in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, CA, and Park City, UT.  Barclay Butera Home, Inc. products ( are distributed through over 300 showrooms and To the Trade nationwide, and are represented in the designer’s retail showrooms and his ‘to the trade’ showroom in New York’s Design & Decoration (D&D) Building.  Butera designs and manufactures his products in Los Angeles, CA.  Please visit for a full introduction.  


Balboa Chair

Balboa Chair

Harbor Sofa

Harbor Sofa