The Greystone Mansion and I

“Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills Remade Into Design Wonderland”
Los Angeles Times

Last fall, Nicholas Lawrence Interior Design produced and participated in an over-the-top decorator show house at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. As producers of the event (under the umbrella of their company Design House International) they brought together nearly thirty of Los Angeles’ most talented designers to transform rooms inspired by some of the biggest names in American business.  “Titans of Business and the Best of Design” was visited by 5,000+ guests and generated extensive media coverage with close to 100 different placements in print, online and broadcast venues.

As a participating designer, Lawrence Lazzaro, of Nicholas Lawrence Interior Design, transformed Greystone Mansion’s “Gun Room” into the “New Craftsman Great Room” — a media room inspired by his “Titan of Business” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC.

Photo credit: Mary E. Nichols

Greystone Mansion – The Gun Room as the “New Craftsman Media Room”

“Mr. Greenblatt is an admirer of the American arts and crafts movement and the design of my room pays tribute to the ideals of the movement: honesty of design, truth in materials, and motifs inspired by nature,” said Lawrence Lazzaro.

According to Lawrence one of hidden gems of his room was the Erickson Woodworking chairs. “The exquisite chairs are made of California Walnut and Maple. Erickson Woodworking is applauded for their ergonomic design and beauty.” Lawrence collaborated with the Nevada City craftsman on the game table designed in California Black Walnut.  “The spade shape in the center was a happy surprise,” said Mr. Lazzaro.

Greystone Mansion – The Gun Room as the “New Craftsman Media Room”

The custom designed upholstery pieces were made in Los Angeles and covered in Robert Allen fabrics.  The lighting is from Zia Priven and the carpet is from Feizy Rugs. The walls are custom stencils with three metallic paints over Benjamin Moore “Deep Coral.”  The Zia Priven Skeleton Floor Lamp was the perfect homage to Greenblatt’s shows like Grimm, Six Feet Under, The Borgias, and it stole the show.

Roberert Greenblatt is Chairman of NBC Entertainment. He is rebuilding NBC with emerging new hits such as The Voice, Blacklist, Chicago Fire, and Grimm. Previously as President of Showtime or as head of programming at the FOX network he was responsible for developing some of television’s seminal shows including: WeedsDexter, Nurse Jackie, The Tudors, Californication, The Big C, The Borgias, Shameless, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, The X-Files, Party of Five, Ally McBeal and King of the Hill.  He is also an award-winning producer of more than a dozen series including the critically-acclaimed Six Feet Under.