Thank you for being a friend. Not just because you were on my TV screen every week, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. But because a sense of peace came over me every time the opening credits of The Golden Girls ended and the screen was filled with a close-up of your house. And then we were transported inside, where tropical fabric, high ceilings and a plethora of lush plants were juxtaposed with your over-sized clothing and large enamel jewelry.
And when you made a reference to going “out on the lanai,” my first question was “What’s a lanai?” It almost didn’t matter–Even as a grade-schooler, I knew it had to be good.What makes Golden Girls style so awesome? Perhaps it’s the way the look combines tropical and Asian motifs in a way that references both Florida resort elegance AND a low-key vacation vibe. In addition to the undeniable comedic talents of Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty, the interior design highlights of this popular television series that ran from 1985-1992 clearly made an impression on viewers.
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There are several signature elements of Golden Girls style:
- Rattan flourishes, especially on furniture (see the stills above)
- A tropical palette, reflected in soft-toned floral fabric and teal cushions
- lush vegetation motifs, from house and patio plants to fabrics and wall decor
- ceramic vases in signature ’80s colors (see the stills above)
- Asian touches, such as porcelain vases and wall art
Now let’s take a look at another still from the show and brainstorm some ways to bring Golden Girls style home to roost:
It’s hard not to love the cool tones of the tropical tablecloth, the abundance of plants on the standing shelf, and the white rattan chairs, which could easily be updated to high-end design territory today if the cushions were re-covered in a geometric print. If we turn our attention below, we see three ways to add Golden Girls glam to your home.
Evoke a tropical vacation by filling an apothecary jar with white sand and some of your favorite marine finds (shown below, left). Then add a touch of lattice patterning (middle), which manages to give an air of crisp elegance mixed with a laid-back vibe when used as a textile or wallpaper highlight in a room. Finish with a bit of bamboo or rattan, as shown in the frame on the vintage painting (right).
Now let’s journey to Blanche’s room, where an abundance of palm leaves on the bedspread can’t help but climb their way up the walls. Check out the resort-like feel of this space, as well as the elegant curves of the furniture:
We’ll end with a look at a few more tropical touches that can bring the Golden Girls’ Miami resort style to your abode:
The mauve triangular ’80s vase above (top left) is balanced with the softness of magnolia blossoms. Can’t you just see this piece on Blanche’s dresser?! A cloisonne vase (top right) brings Asian floral style to a room, while a vintage Georges Briard dish offers a modern take on seashells.
Thanks for joining Mirror80 in this celebration of Golden Girls style. Like a beachy breeze, this ocean-side look makes a summery statement, all the while celebrating some of our favorite ladies of the small screen.
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