Monday, May 26, 2014

Ann All American Beauty

Ann Getty by Keith Morrison, courtesy ANN GETTY INTERIOR STYLE 

Ann Getty in Oscar de la Renta

Ann Getty in Morocco 

Ann Getty, (in Valentino Couture) ANN GETTY INTERIOR STYLE, by Diane Dorrans Saeks

Ann Getty in San Francisco

Ann Getty, 1979, by Slim Aarons


Ann Getty, in San Francisco
Ever since the mid 1980's, when I was fortunate to work with my old school friend, Tice Alexander- I began my journey involving hearing about Ann Gilbert Getty, and seeing images of her beautiful apartment on Fifth Avenue, in New York.  Tice worked with Sister Parish, Mrs. Getty, and Albert Hadley on the New York apartments, and traveled frequently to Paris to shop for the job.  I heard the most fabulous stories of how the details were worked out, and was shown photographs as well.  One thing I vividly remember was that the drawing room was created with entirely new (interior) walls- so that the silk stripe wall upholstery would then "lay out" perfectly evenly- including the corners...!  As well, a set of four "important" chairs were procured, costing in excess of a million dollars.  At the time, Mr. Getty was the richest man in America, having sold Getty Oil to Texaco for about ten billion US dollars.
For all these years, Ann Getty has inspired me, and now, I have the wonderful book on her design work, called ANN GETTY INTERIOR STYLE, which is something I often go to for further inspiration and pleasure.  So, should you find yourself at loose ends this weekend, do pick up a copy, and enjoy the visual feast.  Some of the images were previously seen in the "Architectural Digest" spread on the Getty residence.
I love that in the ballroom, disco and house music is often heard...and that children and dogs are always around.  It's the all American dream come true, for an all American girl!  Inspiring.  Beautiful.  Enjoy!  DF ***** You may also order here