Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in The Lady Eve

One of the absolute best romantic comedies, ever, The Lady Eve (1941) stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda as a con artist and a brewery heir who cross paths on a transatlantic trip.  The result is incredibly charming.

For a Lady Eve inspired interior, I began by refashioning the glossy-white exterior of a Las Vegas Chanel boutique into the walls of a Dining Room.  Chanel’s nautical influence is referential of a yacht or luxury liner, the setting for the film.

The color palette is black and white with warm yellow and fleshy peach tones: an appropriate execution of a classic black and white film.

There is often a piano playing softly in the background of a 40s film.  This one is of the Art Deco period and balances well with the game table on which the characters play poker and enjoy cocktails.

The dark lines of the Moroccan rug, the window frames, and the game chair silhouettes maintain a dialogue, while the warm glow of the Sputnik chandelier and bowl sconce provide the prettiest light, especially when dimmed.

1940s Art Deco Dining Room Design

To read more about the film and see the trailer, click here to visit New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Images / Flickr / “Walls,” (Las Vegas CHANEL store facade}, “View.”

Sources: Vintage Moroccan RugMazzega Sputnik ChandelierJ. Strohmenger & Sons ‘Boudoir Grand’ Piano Lucite & Faux Fur Piano BenchVenini Bowl SconceRegency Dining Table,    Maison Jansen Game ChairsHermès ‘Le Yacht’ Drinks TrayAsprey Poker Chip Carousel }

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.