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.