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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Homes Inspired by Icons: Audrey Hepburn’s Timeless Sophistication

No one in popular culture embodies elegance the way Audrey Hepburn did. She exuded class, sophistication, and confidence that were manifested on the silver screen. Bring the iconic style and grace of Audrey’s most unforgettable characters into your home with design ideas from the Balsam Hill blog:

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Holly Golighty’s Manhattan Flair from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of the most captivating elements of Blake Edward’s film adaptation of the Truman Capote novella is Holly’s simple and immaculate New York City apartment. In the movie, she created a tasteful decorative scheme using bare fixtures and a single shade of color: white.

A Lovely Space Imbued with Simple Elegance

Matching your clean walls with white curtains, a beige sofa, and carpet will achieve the simple and lovely allure of Holly’s home. Gray throw pillows can provide a subtle contrast to the modest atmosphere, while a dark coffee table and a shelving area with minimal accents will keep the room pure and uncluttered.

Eliza Doolittle’s Lavish Style from My Fair Lady

George Cukor’s adaptation of My Fair Lady sees Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from a rural flower girl to a high-class English lady. With a few changes in your sitting room, you can bring Eliza’s chic European sensibility into your home.

A Classy and Lively Space

Neutral wall colors showcase Eliza’s simplicity, setting the ideal tone for this space. Adding blue and green accents to mimic the color of the sky and the hues of foliage delivers a pleasant atmosphere. The mood of the room can be further elevated by including a glass coffee table. This presents an air of formality, allowing visual floor space and practicality for the host who wants to serve tea when guests arrive.  Silver accents and framed photographs are also a classic touch.

It’s also a wonderful idea to hang a large mirror above a beautiful traditional case good. The mirror visually expands the size of the room, much like the way Eliza’s horizons were broadened throughout the film.

Princes Ann’s Chic Allure from Roman Holiday

In William Wyler’s Roman Holiday, Princess Ann escapes from her lavish lifestyle and enters the exciting world of Joe Bradley. One of the memorable scenes in this 1953 masterpiece is when Princess Ann ends up inside Joe’s humble apartment. Although the place does not resemble what she’s accustomed to, she warms up to the beautiful simplicity that surrounds her.

A Charming and Tranquil Space

Capturing Princess Ann’s tranquil charm requires a simple but captivating design aesthetic. Juxtaposing old world elements, such as a chesterfield green sofa and ceramic jars, with modern fixtures like a minimalist chandelier and warm gray wingback chairs with throw pillows, creates a distinct visual effect. The combination of blue and green hues offers a vibrant component. It also balances the neutral base, creating an elegance that is comfortable and chic without appearing stale.

Sabrina Fairchild’s Grace from Sabrina

Sabrina has been ignored for most of her life. That changes when she goes to culinary school. In a couple of years, she becomes a woman imbued with grace and sophistication, capturing everyone’s attention. With a chic decorative scheme, homeowners can infuse their sitting room with Sabrina’s charm.

A Pleasant Sitting Room

The bold combination of transitional and contemporary features reflects Sabrina’s sudden rise in society. Dark walls create an intimate mood without being claustrophobic. A neutral-colored sofa can bring a pleasing charisma, while an upholstered ottoman reflects the color of the walls and anchors the delightful cream tones of the couch and chairs.

Patterned pillows are the accent that is key in this room. The fabric brings together the brown and cream colors harmoniously. Frosted lampshades and chrome accessories, meanwhile, keep the room light and complement the dark hues of the walls.

Give your home the Audrey Hepburn touch with these fine design ideas from the Balsam Hill blog.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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