The designer is redecorating a room at Hearst Castle; the first interior design at the estate since Hearst left in 1947.
Newport Beach designer Barclay Butera, featured as one of OC METRO’s Creative Geniuses this month, has pulled off another historic décor coup: he will be designing the Hearst Castle Overnight showcase room at the mythic estate in San Simeon. This will be the first time a room of the property has been redesigned since Hearst left the estate in 1947.
Butera will create a contemporary interior inspired by the design collaboration of famed architect Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. This is the first interior design of a room at Hearst Castle since Mr. Hearst left the estate in 1947.
The room is being created to accommodate the overnight stay at the castle won in a benefit auction sponsored by Friends of Hearst Castle in 2008, honoring the 50th anniversary of public access to the property.
The winning weekend includes a swim in the Neptune Pool for the winning couple and eight guests, in addition to tennis, dinner on the terrace, a garden stroll and an after dinner movie in the castle theater. Afterward, the couple will spend the night in the Butera-decorated Hearst Castle Overnight room overlooking the Pacific.
The new décor will feature contemporary reproductions and interpretative designs by Hearst Castle Collection licensees whose home furnishing designs bring new awareness to the depth and importance of Mr. Hearst's collections, while contributing significantly to Hearst Castle's preservation.
Butera's knowledge and reverence for old Hollywood architecture and décor garnered him this enviable project. Having owned or decorated former homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Betty Davis, Butera created redesigns that were a visual homage to the history and style of a bygone era.
Proceeds from Hearst Castle Collection licensed designs benefit art preservation and education at the Castle. The design of the Hearst Castle Overnight bedroom is being accomplished through the generous contributions of: Architectural Detail Group, Barclay Butera Home, Castilian, Habersham, Hearst Castle Collection Design, Ambience by Minka Group, Pindler & Pindler, Taracea, Tilevera, Jeff Margolin and Susan Ward Designs
Article courtesy of OC Metro
By Susan Belknapp
Published: September 10, 2009