Sunday, February 24, 2013

Where Are You Watching The Oscars?

Oscar night! Are you going to an Oscar party? There are two biggies here in New Orleans.

As a benefit for the American Red Cross, The Theatres at Canal Place host the Oscar Experience, Louisiana's only Oscar-viewing party sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And The New Orleans Film Society also hosts an Oscar party at the Prytania Theatre. Guests are invited to wear their red carpet finest or come dressed as a character from an Oscar-nominated film. The party includes trivia and costume contests. Alberto and I are hosting our monthly tango dance at Galvez with some Oscar themed goodies.

Entry hall of the Green Room designed by Madeline Stuart- Flowers by The Velvet Garden

In honor of the Oscars, here are some pics of the Green Room Architectural Digest puts together every year. This year Madeline Stuart was chosen to design this year’s Academy Awards Green Room. Baker Furniture was used throughout.

This Baker stool was used and upholstered in orange
"We are pleased to once again partner with Architectural Digest to bring Madeline Stuart's Green Room to life in a most elegant manner," said Austin Rothbard, president - Baker. "Baker has been handcrafting fine furniture for over a century. Both the Oscars and Baker have earned and enjoyed global recognition, yet ultimately, we are hallmarks of American design."

I think this 750 square foot room is great inspiration for a media room for some one's home. You can get the furniture from Baker.  Architectural Digest tells where to get many of the finishes in the captions with each photo. Schumacher fabric was used, and I am sure you could find it pretty easily.

Love the Schumacher fabric on the Baker Chair
What a difference the fabric used in the Green Room makes

A glam seating arrangement via

This is the Baker couch used in the seating arrangement above

And this is the chair - Several were used with different fabric

Changing the fabric on the Baker pieces makes them so much more glam

Love the lamp on the side table - It's from Baker too

Adorable - Get it from Baker

The outdoor area of the Green Room is fabulous!

Here;s the designer as a little girl - “For a child of the industry, this is an incredible honor,” says Stuart. “I revere Hollywood history.” And she’s a part of that history: Her late father, Mel, directed 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as well as several award-winning documentaries, and Madeline played a small role as a chocolate-loving, golden-ticket-coveting schoolgirl in Wonka. via

Madeline Stuart designed the  Deco-style bar and stools -- the latter of which she’ll add to her own furniture line. “My pieces are usually named for writers,” she says. “But I’ll call this stool The Oscar.”

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Stuart’s inspiration for the 750-square-foot room, where presenters and other VIPs will hang out during the telecast, is the legendary Hollywood art director and production designer Cedric Gibbons, who oversaw the creation of the Oscar statuette in 1928 and went on to win 11 of them.
Gibbons was a natural choice for Stuart. When AD reached out, Stuart -- who is on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the top 25 decorators in Hollywood -- was already at work redoing interiors for a house that Gibbons designed for himself and actress wife Dolores del Rio in 1930.

“A lot of people don’t know who Gibbons is anymore,” says Stuart. “That’s sad to me.” She credits his work on The Thin Man for the room’s glossy black flooring and Art Deco-style furniture and objects; she also incorporated stepped ceilings inspired by Grand Hotel and The Wizard of Oz. Stuart imagined a space where George Clooney might throw back a Scotch with Cary Grant. “I wanted to create something chic, stylish and sexy,” Stuart says. “I could live in this space.”

Have fun watching the Oscars!

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  1. Fantastic. Madeline is one of my favorites!
    Love, Jamie

  2. Will be watching every single minute tomorrow night. Can't wait!

  3. I'm watching at an annual party at a friend's house where we also dress as a character. My Mary Todd Lincoln plans fell through so I'm going as Coral Lijek from Argo - I have a sweater and glasses alot like hers!


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