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A select group of Los Angeles top interior designers was invited to bring
the historical Wattles Mansion back to life.
Starting March 25, 2016 for nearly one month, the 1908 Mission Revival estate recognized as “the only remaining intact example of the once plentiful Hollywood estates from the period preceding the film industry”, opened its doors to the public and showcased its magnificent and unique rooms designed around the theme “Hollywood, The First 100 Years”. Designers were asked to use past movies or Hollywood stars
as an inspiration for the rooms they designed.
Los Angeles-based Italian interior designer Francesca Cavallin Mead, founder of SentireDesign (www.SentireDesign.com), participated in the first of its kind event with a tribute to young Sophia Loren.
“This guest bedroom’s inspiration” - explained Francesca – “is twenty-three-year old Sophia Loren, the Italian Hollywood icon. Despite her status as Hollywood glamour darling, she has always been a simple-hearted beauty. She stood on the threshold of humble childhood and silver-screen renown. With her trademark smile and nubile curves, she attracted attention and smoldered with an energy that carried her through a lifetime of celebrity.
At this time, on the cusp of immortality, Cary Grant wrote her an endearing letter, anticipating her arrival in America: “It is, probably, the most important year of your life. Spend it thoughtfully, Dearface. In these next months you will create the lasting impressions by which you will be judged and remembered all your life.” He asked her to wear two little gold bracelets he’d given her—“They will keep you safe.”
Grant, like some many after, saw in her a vintage, unalloyed beauty, both outward and inward, in the young Italian starlet. The gold bracelets, like the gold accents of this room, are symbolic of the treasure of her simple past and her international stardom. This room attempts to capture the latent energy, privacy, simplicity, and luscious elegance of the young Sophia Loren.”
The event was organized by Reitzhaus, Inc. in association with the City Of Los Angeles, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and Modern Luxury Media.
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