Who comes to mind when you hear (or in this case read) the words class, sophistication and refinement? The divine Audrey Hepburn, most likely. Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will forever go down in history as a woman who did what she could to make her way to the top. Writer Sam Wasson, who penned the book, “5th Ave, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman” said in an interview with Vanity Fair that he hopes people realize “how much [the filmmakers] pushed the envelope, and how [the film] truly did change the course of women in the movies.” Wesson’s right.
Holly Golightly was a character ahead of her time, and thank God for that. You have to remember that this film came out in 1961. The world was starting to change, and the film’s message challenged how we understood traditional social constructs and gave us a taste of freedom we didn’t know was out there.
Holly Golightly is a woman of spirit and spitfire. If you’ve found yourself inspired by her dazzling smile and rapier wit, perhaps living in a space similar to hers will bring out the sass in you.
Start with Signature Pieces
As the invisible guest in Holly Golightly’s Upper East Side apartment, you probably noticed her penchant for interesting and unique accessories. Take the white suitcases stacked against the wall, the fuchsia thro pillows, the gold clock and the halved claw-foot bath sofa. These furnishings make for a very distinctive aesthetic look. Style blog, Refinery29, recommends that in gathering your signature pieces, look for balance between the odd and the feminine stylistic elements.
In the living room for example, balance a rustic coffee table with a hanging luxury chandelier. Holly Golightly is all about those diamonds, so why not bring some sparkle into your living room? Sites like Lumens specialize in selling exquisitely designed chandeliers that will make even the Emily Eustace (2E) Failensons of the world bow down to your designer know-how.
Dress It Up in Pink
Yes, we are all aware that the little black dress to center stage in the film. I mean my goodness; it features widely in any media relaying to the original film! But who can forget Holly’s pink cocktail dress? When decorating your space, lifestyle blog MyDomaine tells aspiring interior designers not to be afraid to sprinkle a few pink-hued accents around. Whether you do it in a pillow, a rug, or you happen to find some pink porcelain ballet flats at a garage sale that look strikingly similar to the wearable pair Holly pulls out of her refrigerator, the choice is yours, just make sure you mix it up.
Don’t shy away from the more exotic accessories. Holly doesn’t have a simple and overdone chevron-patterned rug on her floor, she has a zebra hide. Love animals and don’t want to have an animal carcass on your floor? Good news! Faux fur rugs are available. Remember, to get Holly Golightly’s style, we have to mix and match aesthetics. This means that faux animal hide would contrast beautifully with that pink thro blanket slung on the armrest of the sofa.
Sleep in Style
What’s the first thing we all want to do as soon as we wake up? Go back to sleep! Crisp white linens and a soft mattress will have anyone melting into the pillows, but let’s not forget about the bed frame! To truly capture Holly Golightly’s style, we need a lightly stylized iron scroll bed. The masculinity of the iron frame set against the light feminine linens will bring balance to your bedroom and a good night’s sleep to you.
Never be afraid to dress up your space in prints, patterns and textures of your choosing. It’s your home, so rock it!