Diva Decorating Secrets

In a 19th century townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a handful of A-List designers participated in "Traditional Home Built for Women Showcase" -- a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each designer re-created the rooms he designed for nine multi-talented and celebrated divas -- from Bette Midler to Tina Turner. Their mission: to create a retreat where these divas could kick-off those Jimmy Choo sling-backs and chill!

If it's good enough for a diva, it's good enough for us...here are some our favorite tips:

Diva: Tina Turner

Designer: Stephen Sills and James Huniford


  • Giant pieces of quartz crystal were used in the fireplace, illuminated by a light from below.
  • Built a platform and created a beautiful mass grouping of orchids.


Diva: Bette Midler

Designer: Mary Douglas Drysdale


  • Used cool colors like orange, yellow and chartreuse.
  • Repainted an old secretary table a bright color (Bette's is orange) and added it to the kitchen.


Diva: Diane Sawyer

Designer: Barry Dixon


  • This self-professed bookworm had bookcases made from wooden columns.
  • A bamboo shade fitted into an oversized antique frame was suspended from the ceiling by hooks as a divider.
  • An oval sisal rug was tacked to the floor with chunky nail heads to keep the rug from sliding and to create an interesting border around a plain rug.


Diva: Barbara Walters

Designer: Mario Buatta


  • Created a cozy media room by covering all the walls with shirred green taffeta on curtain rods...from floor to ceiling.


Diva: Jane Seymour

Designer: Roderick Shade


  • Contemporary elements in this room include a sisal area rug and striped window shades
  • The drapes, pillows and chair throw were made from saris from India, which the designer purchased from a small shop in Queens N.Y. He cut them apart and sewed them together.


Diva: Candice Bergen

Designer: Kitty Hawks


  • Built shelving in her bathroom near her tub so she can lounge in a bubble bath, watch TV, and read a book.


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