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The warmth of summertime exudes the feeling that surrounded the Rat Pack’s world. Modern Rat Pack design should make you feel like you are living the high life, shuttling your time between Vegas and Palm Springs. I’m not necessarily advocating the party lifestyle, rather the playful look to the interiors where the Rat Pack partied.
Hot colors mixed with a heavy-handed dose of retro, mid-century design is the hallmark of this look. Think about coupling pop colors like turquoise and yellow with walnut furniture set against crisp white walls and curtains. Don’t be afraid to offset period pieces with contemporary items like architectural outdoor furniture and stylish outdoor lighting.
Modern Rat Pack design is also all about creating spaces tailor-made for entertaining. Open plan living spaces are a perfect jumping off point for this look. While bars were key to the “Pack’s” way of life, don’t worry if you don’t happen to have one. Kitchen islands can instantly become bars...add stools and voila! If you do have a bar, open shelves to display colored glassware and barware looks great when placed against mirror, while modern kitchen pendant lights can highlight the high balls enjoyed by all the high rollers in your life.
Shopping guide: 1. Hydra 16-Light Shiny Silver Pendant Chandelier 2. Amber Swirl Hand-Made Glass Vase 3. Chevron Zig Zag Moss Green Table Lamp 4. Yellow and Cream Outdoor Accent Pillow (currently unavailable) 5. Arteriors Home Trenton Lacquered Wood Console 6. Arteriors Home Tennyson Turquoise Linen Stool
Photos: House of Turquoise.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.