Screenspiration: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Breakfast At Tiffany’s is the standard by which we measure style. In this film Coco Chanel’s “Little Black Dress” was realized, Audrey Hepburn became synonymous with Holly Golightly, creating a super-icon and America defined our fashion aesthetic as playful-sophistication. Breakfast At Tiffany’s as a Screenspiration is long overdue (and not just because Patricia Neal plays one hell of a naughty decorator).

Hepburn plays Holly Golightly who goes lightly on having any real responsibility in her quest to marry a wealthy man. Her easy going lifestyle shows in her decorating skills, or seemingly lack thereof.
The $50 to go to the powder room she gets from dates doesn’t go into her apartment; luggage and boxes are her surface areas. TIP: When using a hand me down table you aren’t crazy about or some crate that used to cart bananas and is now the focal point of your apartment, try covering it with vintage magazines and coffee table books, as seen above. It is a fun and relatively inexpensive way to add a little bit of the past to your space (not to mention guests’ minds will be sure to “reel” at all your cool finds).

Improvising, as Holly does with a sheet, is key for this single girl living.

On the other hand is Mrs. Failson, or 2-E, Paul’s older lover, interior decorator and keeper. She is a Queen of Park Avenue and has the style to prove it. When she decorates Paul’s apartment she uses a lot of gold leafed furniture, which is meant to clash with the more bohemian lifestyle Paul and Holly live.
Here we can see the power of great great set design; below 2-E looks at home in Paul’s apartment yet in the black and white photo Paul looks… well, not so much.

We love our heroine Holly, but she could use some help finding her design identity. Below are pictures of her revamped apartment when she is with her Brazilian boyfriend. Like her at the time, it’s confused to say the least.

We took the liberty of designing a room for Holly and Paul when they get their happily ever after drawing upon their free spirit attitude.

Fun Fact: Holly and Paul’s brownstone on the Upper East Side is at 169 East 71st Street should you be in the neighborhood and want to check it out for yourself.

Well, we are pretty stylish so let’s end things stylishly (as Paul says) and say to check out more great products for the home visit us at The Well Appointed House and be sure to browse our every growing collection of over 9,000 products.

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