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March 4, 2014

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I love how the Oscars have turned into another reason to get together with your friends and family and have a fabulous party! It is entertaining to exchange movie and celebrity knowledge. And it’s always fun to enjoy a little celebrity gossip, like “I can’t believe she wore that?” “I thought they broke up?!” “She fell? Again?” An avid (and shameless!) daily reader of Perez and People mag, I feel somewhat validated when I can answer most, if not all, the whose who questions without hesitation. You gotta be in-the-know in the design industry! Wink.

This year, I celebrated the Oscars with Traditional Home and Sunbrella in Atlanta as a part of the Design Blogger’s Conference. A lovely buffet, wine and champagne, and candlelit vignettes with chic furniture; it was an exceptional viewing party in the ‘Fishbowl’ at The Lofts at Atlantic Station.

The Oscars would not be the Oscars without the red carpet, and what would the red carpet be without those coveted designer dresses? Sheer creativity goes into the design of each garment, and effortless poise from the actresses who wear them makes each dress a show stopper. I picked five of my absolute favorite dresses below and and paired them each with an item I love from demiryan.com. Maybe you can’t have the Giorgio Armani dress for your closet, but  you can still shine like the stars with the Uttermost chandelier for your home?!

Emma Watson and Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table

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Emma Watson’s Vera Wang dress combined raw edge with classic chic: silver muscle sleeves on the top and timeless black mermaid fit on the bottom. I love the Oly Studio Ichibad Side Table for the same juxtaposition. It is crafted with four cast aluminum sculptural legs and topped with a glossy resin or shell round top. It is a petite table but sturdy. A perfect place for a glass of wine, a book, and a candle.

Lupita Nyong and Lili Alessandra Jackie Jacquard Duvet in Blue and Silver Silk

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Lupita may be my favorite person and my Number 1 for “Best Dressed.” She wore a stunning “Nairobi” blue Prada gown with Fred Leighton headband and jewels, and she showed us there is no better accessory than a bright, warm smile. Her dress reminded me of a warm, comfortable bed with luxury bedding, and I mean that in the very best way possible! The Lili Alessandra Jackie Jacquard Duvet combines gorgeous colors and a silky texture. It awakens bedrooms with a timeless aesthetic and a luxurious feel of silk.

Cate Blanchett and Uttermost Fascination 3-Light Hanging Shade

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Cate Blanchett wowed us with her role in Blue Jasmine and then wooed us with her Giorgio Armani gown and her supersize Chopard earrings. I saw a lot of nude dresses on the red carpet, but Cate’s dress stole the show. It was a gorgeous display of cascading appliques that resemble delicate flowers or snowflakes. The same classic and whimsical appeal is seen in the Uttermost Fascination 3-Light Hanging Shade. A silver trimmed, off-white linen drum shade houses a grouping of free falling crystals. It is a perfect fixture for a breakfast table.

Chrissy Teigen and Surya Bombay Taupe

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Black is bold and makes a statement and when used as an accent, it pops even more. It can be New York Glam when lacquered on a console table or Nantucket Chic on a chair frame aside white linen. Chrissy Teigan wore a gorgeous black and pink Monique Lhuillier gown, which even had pockets! Our Surya rug has the same casual elegant design with geometric florals in black. It is hand-tufted in India and made from finest hand-spun and twisted New Zealand Wool yarn, but with a variety of sizes with prices ranging from $102 to $1,337, this rug is basically your designer dress with pockets.

Bette Midler and Currey & Company Corail Accent Chair in Red

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We all know age brings wisdom, but Bette Midler shows us that with age also comes more beauty. At 68, Bette rocked this red lace, cap-sleeved, Reem Acra dress and brought color to a show that would otherwise be full of neutral-tone dresses. Currey & Company began in 1988 and has been creating beautiful home furnishings ever since. This brilliant red chair is an eye-catching Marjorie Skouras design, and I love it’s playful silhouette. Bette, Corail Chair, you both are stunning.

Cheers,
Michelle