Carrie Fisher's Dressing Room Makeover

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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Dressing Room Before

This bleak space within Broadway’s Studio 54 theater was set to be actress Carrie Fisher’s dressing room. Thankfully, HGTV’s John Gidding came to rescue her from a sea of dirty white paint, folding tables, mismatched chairs, and this inspiration-sucking space.

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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art

To visually separate the public and private zones of the dressing room, thick gray felt drapes were installed to create the illusion of a doorway between the two. Fois Bois modular carpet tiles in two colorways (grey-biscuit and blue-biscuit) form graphic area rugs that further delineate zones.

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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
To achieve the room’s sophisticated yet lighthearted feel, quirky elements like this funky crooked wood floor lamp from were layered in. The cowhide pillow was custom made by reclaiming leather tile and removing its backing. A “Wishful Drinking” T-shirt was sewn onto a throw pillow. The black leather Schelly chair is from , and the wool throw is from .
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
The soft curves of Como sofa are part of a subtle theme in the room. A large contractor-grade wall mirror has been decoratively camouflaged by bold patterns made with paint. Head figurines on the side table are from Oliver’s Twist, a vintage store in Cambria, California.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Carrie Fisher’s Quick-Change Dressing Room Makeover
The custom pillows are sheathed in h organic fabric; the citrus colors complement the walls' happy palette. For extra whimsy and sparkle, Giddons' pinned a vintage brooch to one of the simpler pillows. Above the sofa, Mark Schulis’s playful portait of Princess Leia gazes down at visitors.

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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
This grouping of art hints at Carrie Fisher’s whimsical view of the world. The spiffy señorita was photographed by , then titled Her Name Was Lola. The ink-on-paper Greyhound Print is by illustrator . Allison’s Alavi’s Princess Poodle is acrylic on board, and the close-up of a child’s face was taken by .
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Carrie Fisher requested whimsical twinkly lights, but designer John Gidding shied away from the usual Christmas strings. When he spied these Grape Cluster , he was captivated and bought six boxes. The Ladoro translucent polypropylene looks less heavy in the room than a solid wood bookcase would. The Offi keeps Fisher’s dog company.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
These with their stainless legs in a “turned-wood” profile are whimsical and feminine and yet exude industrial chic. They’re ideal as vanity tables because they’re easy to clean. have “Chinese Checker” and “Child” imprints that personalize the classic seats. They’re also shock-, stain- and scratch-resistant.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Designer John Gidding felt that the acrylic of the tended to look a little antiseptic in a dressing room filled with color and pattern, so he had their backs imprinted with an eye-catching image.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Umbra’s Icelet jewelry stand artfully displays Fisher’s necklaces while keeping them ready for quick costume changes between scenes. stainless steel makeup trays corral brushes, makeup and earrings.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Allison Alavi, an artist from the , was commissioned to do this poodle painting with its whimsical take on the hairstyle Fisher wore as Princess Leia in Star Wars. The iconic hairpiece also features prominently in the play Wishful Drinking.
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Photographer: Joshua Thomas, JThomas Fine Art
Bamboo laundry organizers from the Container Store were used as Fischer’s clothes and shoe racks. The middle partition was removed from the left unit so longer dresses and coats could be hung from it; the other is suitable for shorter items like shirts. The round ottoman is from , and the glass lamp and stainless steel shelves and tables are from .
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Photographer: Joan Marcus 2009
Carrie Fisher onstage during production of Wishful Drinking at Broadway’s Studio 54.
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