As the new year dawns, many feel the urge to spruce up their space to better reflect current trends. But to whom should we turn for direction on the topic? Only Hollywood’s best and brightest!
Although we’re early into 2017, it’s clear that one home style has emerged as a favorite among A-Listers – Cold War Abandoned Hospital.
Prepare to rip off that shiplap and take down the globe pendants as these Hollywood icons guide us on a style tour like no other.
Entry / Foyer
“If eyes are the window to the soul, then the entryway is the esophagus to the bowels,” said Kathy Bates in a recent interview. “I make sure my home has impact immediately upon arrival.”
Kathy’s right. Convert your home to Cold War Hospital Chic with sparse, well-worn accent pieces, like waiting room chairs and antique OSHA certification paperwork.
Symmetry is completely optional – stick something in the middle as spunky way to indicate that “anything goes” in your home. The distinctive feeling of crushed urn ashes underfoot as guests enter will feel like Narnian snow, the gateway to a true wonderland. Lighting optional.
Esquire’s recent chronicle of Ralph Fiennes’ extensive cocktail confectionary raised the bar for entertainers looking to set the standard for their party pad. A strong commitment to the Cold War Industrial Abandonment palette will leave guests wondering just how many types of spirits they’re likely to find in your home.
“The key here is the absolute dishevelment,” Fiennes said. “Total chaos. You need the feeling that a pack of raccoons got into a turf war here and blood was spilled.”
“No labels on anything,” he added. “Is that gin? Rubbing alcohol? A tetanus vaccine? Doesn’t matter – the result is going to be the same – Fun.”
After a bevy of cocktails and mistaken ingestions of aged medical remedies, your guests are bound to be searching for a bathroom. The initial temptation is to leave this common room as-is, but a commitment to your motif must be total in order to have its effect. It’s also a no-brainer for resale – savvy buyers are sure to notice a home with fragmented style.
“It wasn’t until my designer took the first few swings of the sledgehammer that the pieces started to come together,” said Fred Savage, who recently converted his home to CWAH-style. “The constant suspension of dust in the air is the closest thing to what I’ve experienced while spelunking, one of my truest passions.”
“And the lack conventional running water forces guests to improvise, unlocking their creativity. In our field, we need creativity like we need water.”
“Well, I guess actually even more than water, in this example,” he added.
Countless surveys of homeowners reveal it’s the bedrooms where the design struggle is perhaps greatest. Anchored by a large bed, nightstands, dressers, etc., the clutter can quickly become overwhelming.
“Damn the torpedoes, I said,” agreed Trisha Yearwood. “It’s too cookie cutter. King-size this and that. It’s too much.”
“What if a series of grenades went off and then the room went untouched for 4 decades? Wouldn’t that simplify things?”
Yearwood suggests starting with a focus on natural light – the key to waking up and going to bed in a natural rhythm.
“Honestly we just started throwing medicine balls at the ceiling and we didn’t stop until light broke through,” she said.
Instead of a large bed, try two smaller beds spaced unevenly apart, even at varying heights. Exposed conduit makes the perfect area for hanging clothing, eliminating the need for clunky dressers and armoires.
“Saturday mornings are just the best – the kids come running in with their thick-soled boots (for protection), and we all pile into the beds together before chasing the roosting birds out for the day.”
“I started off by thinking about that term – ‘Man Cave.’ So many of my friends’ homes had these rooms that felt less like caves and more like resorts,” said Judge Reinhold. “My masculinity was stifled.”
The first thing Reinhold did was scrap the all the the TVs and digital media. “Just flickering pixels.” He goal was to empty his thoughts so that the creative juices could swell in.
His staple items for a functional and effective man cave? A single chair, surgical light, and tile patterns that look like games of unfinished Tetris games from hell.
“It’s funny. Without a TV to look at, I find myself playing those Tetris games in my mind, solving them,” he said. “You really start to think in 2D.”
“Sometimes I fall asleep in the chair and wake a few hours later with about a half an inch of grit all over me,” he added. “It’s a bit like being embalmed, and awakening again each time to a new life! I feel truly blessed.”