Whenever we get the urge to spend time in Europe -- a daily urge, for us -- one place pops into mind (and saves us a few thousand francs): Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills. Elegant and old-world-ish, this movie-location staple is also the perfect place to set a posse of talented designers upon, which Veranda magazine has just wisely done. "The Great House," on now at Greystone, is open to the public for tours and features the gorgeous, fabric-and-furniture-laden visions of two dozen top interior designers.
The surprise, however, is not that these designers are going in the direction you might think. While Greystone's look and historic period suggest tassel-y curtains and heavy, somber rugs, the task of the artists is to think modern and today. We're sure the contrast is striking, and will inspire anyone to think outside of the architectural style of their own home (we like the concept of a stucco-y '50s ranch house filled with gilded Regency antiques).
Lawry's is on-site, so you can buy your lunch and nosh away on the stunning grounds. There are also a bevy of in-the-know authorities ready to talk Greystone, its history, its lovely surroundings and why it remains one of Southern California's most important houses.
Daily through Sunday, November 16, 10AM-3PM (extended hours on Thursday)
$30 tour/$50 lecture
Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills