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Thinking Outside the Boudoir: The Prince and the Showgirl

If you saw my first post in the monthly series Thinking Outside the Boudoir, you will know that I have a fascination with certain homes in the movies. While some may not be practical for everyday life, or represent my overall ideal decor, I would love to spend some time in them, even just for a night. In some it is the decor that I fancy. In others it’s the architecture or floor plan. And in some I think it’s my fondness for the characters. The movie home that I want to share today is from The Prince and the Showgirl.

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In this film, Charles, the Grand Duke, played by Sir Laurence Olivier, looks to seduce a young showgirl, Elsie Marina, played by Marilyn Monroe in his private quarters of the palace. With her charming disposition, Miss Marina ends up being befriended by both the Grand Duke’s son and his mother-in-law.

The entrance…

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The foyer…

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I love the Greek key border in the stairwell…

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The Grand Duke’s private quarters. I love the layout of this room. It basically consists (at least what we see in the movie) of a circular living area, with a room on each side. Now wouldn’t this be a fabulous master bedroom set up? His quarters on one side, yours on the other, and a common area in the middle. This certainly doesn’t mean that your sleeping quarters have to be separate, but it gives both the man and woman their own boudoir…LOVE it!

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I must admit I’m not too fond of the color scheme in this room, but I do love a sofa with tufted buttons,
floor to ceiling windows (and french doors), a chandelier, a library/study and intricate mill work.

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This still gives you a better idea of the layout. Elsie Marina is entering into the common area from the room in which she slept, while the Grand Duke is getting dressed in his quarters.

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Remove the crest on the fabric, change the linens and this is a pretty snazzy brass bed.

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The M.I.L.’s quarters. As you’ve probably suspected by now, with all the pink and a crystal chandelier, this is most certainly a ladies boudoir.

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The decor in this boudoir is a bit too frilly for me (is there such a thing?), but wouldn’t this place be dreamy even just for a night? If could perform a soft renovation on this place, I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave. The chaise lounge, dressing screen and canopy bed give this room the boudoir touch.

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…oh, yes….and diamonds, of course (wouldn’t you love to have that jewelry box?)…

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And lastly, the son’s quarters. I think the color palette in this room is my favorite. I do have a thing with navy blue lately. I adore a damask print. And the mill work is fabulous.

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1 comment

  1. Episode Watcher

    Hi, superb writing.

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