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Ask Casa: A Backstage Sitting Room

Hey Casa,
I've been loving all of your bedroom ideas lately! Since I am currently thinking of redoing my bedroom and sitting room, I was hoping you'd be able to help me with some imagery or ideas. I want darker walls, vintage movie posters, and a dresser like the ones they use "backstage" in movies with rows of light bulbs. I'd like to incorporate a bit of a Broadway theme into my room. I want the sitting room to be colorful and crazy, but still comfortable and cool. Do you have any thoughts for me?

To hear my suggestions for Elle,


Hi Elle,
You've imagined a very inspired space. How fun!

I assume when you say "dresser" you mean a vanity, where you sit down to get all dolled up. I've gone ahead and rounded up a bunch of furniture to help you achieve this look you've dreamed up. First, you'll need that vanity, and I've selected a few for you. I think a dark wood one would be ideal, but you can always paint a more affordable white one. If the vanity you choose doesn't come with a mirror, I've picked one for you. If you want the real thing, check out this 1970s Mirror From a Dressing Room in the Moulin Rouge ($750).

Beside the mirror, you'll want to install bathroom light bars on the wall. Depending on the size you want, you can find them at Bathroom Lighting Source for $37.50 to $93.50.

For seating, go with a tufted velvet stool for your vanity and a relaxing fainting sofa. Set a mirrored coffee table beside it. Velvet curtains will coordinate and add glamour. To achieve that "crazy" quality you're aiming for, choose a theatrical rug, which will become the focal point of the room.

I'm partial to original movie posters, and is a great source for them. Pick a few of your favorites and have them framed. Try La Dolce Vita ($16), Barbarella ($16), My Fair Lady ($15), or Lolita ($16) to add some color and spice.


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ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
I really wanted to redo a room as a fitting room in my house too, either in this style or in a 19th century style, maybe like a salon or something. I was going to write you about that too Casa, but I didn't know how to word it like Elle did. This room here is spectacular, beautiful and very creative! As for my room I'd want to do something really lush (like crinoline, silk or taffeta...I just think of those materials)that looked like an upscale seamstress would use or a fitting room that would be kinda French like the aesthetic in the movie Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola) or really the BEST example is in Little Women. Does anyone remember when Meg gets invited to stay with her rich friend Annie Moffat for a weekend? Her friend was wealthy and all the girls get ready for the party in a fitting room and they have many dress changes. The book was of course written in the 1800s, and I love the movie too. I think that style and the description is what I would go with. Casa, can you do a variation on this post and my idea? I'd want to do something less Glitzy and more classic. I would love that. If you want I'll post in Ask Casa. Thank you!
ladolcealana ladolcealana 8 years
LOVE this!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love that blossom rug!!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
i love all of these suggestions
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