Did you know Elvis and David Bowie share the same birthday? I find this information strangely fascinating in light of recent events. On more than one occasion David Bowie’s musical masterpiece “Changes” has played over and over in my mind as I make ch-ch-changes to a design and decor space oddity. Shocked and saddened by the news of David Bowie’s untimely passing, I began a session of connect the dots to the similarities and commonalities between these two icons of individuality. There is no mistaking the contribution these larger than pop life figures made to the world of music, fashion and design. The art of reinvention is the cornerstone of relevance, and Elvis Presley and David Bowie mastered the art form in a style all their own.
The King’s kitsch jumpsuited his flamboyant taste to a tee, while David Bowie’s penchant for brilliantly navigating the waters of fearless originality placed his persona in a time capsule of out of this world self expression. Individual style and taste is often influenced by the nouns of notion- the people, places and things we come into contact with that make a thunderbolt impression upon us. Sensory experiences inspire the brushes we use to paint the canvas of our life.
Elvis and David Bowie prove moxie mixed with just the right amount of nonconformity produces heroes and icons of individuality for so much more than just one day.
Channel surfing through the digital guide, I noticed Turner Classic Movies is once again featuring a day of Elvis Presley movies. Our son’s girlfriend recently visited Graceland, and her review of the interiors, especially The King’s Jungle Room, was one of mixed reactions. Time stood still for the decor of Graceland decades ago, but giving a bit of thought to a just for decorative fun update poses the question, how difficult would it be to untacky the tacky? Immediately I put on my redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink thinking cap on. Seldom is over the top flamboyant chic the style aimed for when designing and decorating commercial and residential spaces, but not all commercial and residential spaces are created equal. There are spaces and places where understated just won’t do.
Ostentatious decorating and design has a standing relationship with grand scale museums, historical homes, architectural marvels, Las Vegas and hooray for Hollywood interiors. Some tacky, some tasteful, some unforgettable and some better forgotten. What is it they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder? Celebrities love to dial up extravagance in a manner befitting a true Hollywood style story. You live what you know as some would say, and if flamboyant is just another day at the office it becomes the rule versus the exception. Paging Liberace, Elvis and Michael Jackson! Talk about extravagance on and off the stage.
From the articles, books and interviews I’ve read referencing the interior spaces of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, his flamboyant personal taste and style on stage followed through to his home as well. I often find myself deep in if this was my house, hotel, or shop thought – a first cousin to window shopping for the decorating minded. Deep contemplation of exactly how I would redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design takes over, and suddenly I’m looking for pen and paper to jot down ideas and sketches. I do the same thing when watching a television show or movie. Drives Dave the Builder crazy! My redesign and redecorating services have not been engaged by famous architects, heads of Hollywood studios, hoteliers or the fine folks at Graceland, but a girl can ponder can’t she?
In an article on How Stuff Works, it is revealed Elvis purchased the furniture for the jungle room on a spur of the moment whim to stir up his father. The article states Elvis’ father thought the furniture was the ugliest he had ever seen. I must admit I agree, which brings us to today’s let’s redo, remodel, rearrange, remove, repaint, rethink the entire design: The King’s Jungle Room edition.
Camera, scanner and computer problems paid me a visit last week, but not to worry. Creative minds stumble but do not fall, Besides, how bad can things really be when Turner Classic Movies run Elvis movies all day and I found a refreshing Spring Break Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe to share? When a Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie is this delicious, it’s spring break everyday.
The seven dwarfs whistled while they worked. Seeing that I have never mastered the art of whistling, I groove while I work.
Here’s a video to put a little dip in your “Spring Fever” cleaning, cooking or decorating swinging hip.
Why wait until the cleaning is over, the project is complete or the meal is prepared to enjoy a refreshing beverage? Spring and summer days are tailor-made for refreshing smoothies, and in Elvis appropriate fashion the recipe for a Banana Peanut Butter smoothie from Good Housekeeping hits the spot.
Do you dream in color? This is a popular question asked on the subject. Color is such an influential and integral part of our decorated lives, and yes, I most definitely dream in color. No big surprise as I write, source and see enough of it in my daily spin around the interior design world. I happily refer to Chicago’s “Colour My World” as the theme song of my life. It’s a colorful world we exist in, and thank goodness it is!
I often wonder if when others dream or see something of particular interest or beauty if they see it in terms of decor. When you see an image of an iconic figure from the world of fashion, film or music, do you think interior design?
I thought it appropriate to include the gorgeous design of interior designer Roger Thomas, the genius behind the fabulous interior design of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas.
Frank Sinatra ruled the Vegas strip as one of the most iconic entertainers in the town’s entertainment history. The swank, swagger and style influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes is woven into the history, character, landscape and design of Las Vegas.