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Maison de Luxe
Greystone Mansion and Jamie Drake's Maison de Luxe living room

Interior design used to have an aura of swankiness. Now TV shows promote designing on a dime and, heaven help us, storage-unit drama.

So we're thrilled to take a trip to elegant days gone by, right in our own backyard. Today through December 22, Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills hosts Maison de Luxe, the country's largest decorator show house. High-profile interior-design stars including Barclay Butera, Kathryn Ireland, Mary McDonald and 21 others each take over sections of this 19th-century English Revival manor.

Unlike most show houses, this huge structure (55 rooms over 46,000 square feet) is as intriguing as its decor. Built in 1928 by a scion of the Doheny oil family, the house's owner lived there for only four months before being found dead in a murder-suicide with his assistant.

The manse is a popular film set; you'll remember it from the film The Holiday, and the basement bowling alley was prominently featured in There Will Be Blood. But we're thinking the house is really ready for its close-up now that Michelle Nussbaumer has made over the card room in a preppy green, and Jamie Drake has enriched the living room with warm tones, placing sculptures near big bay windows. The house is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; admission is $35.

Maison de Luxe, Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-285-6830 or

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