Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fleur De Lys Photographs of the Day (Part 4)

In today's installment, we appeal to the gastronomes and gourmands of the world and present two of the several dining rooms of Fleur De Lys, as well as the main kitchen.

On the left we see that Miz Suzanne Saperstein and her army of decorators have continued the pervasive rose and gold color palette that we have previously seen so flagrantly and excessively used in the Entrance Hall and the Rosegold Music Salon. Your Mama is not sure if these photos were taken just before a dinner party, or if Miz Suzanne instructs her dining room staff to keep the table set at all times just in case 20 guests pop by for a formal meal. Serve from the left, clear from the right, please.

Moving on to the photograph at the right, with somewhat restrained decor and Medieval theme. We originally and mistakenly thought this might be the dining room were the household staff congregated to eat their porridge and gruel. But we have been informed this room is actually the wine tasting room. Please note the stair rail in the foreground. We have also been told that on occasion Miz Saperstein has hired minstrels to stand on the staircase and serenade the gathered oenophiles as they taste flights of Chateau Lafite Rothchild, Louis Latour, and Margaux vintages. Whatever. Your Mama thinks this room looks like an upscale Chucky Cheese Pizza Parlor

The bottom photo, which shows a portion of the all stainless steel main kitchen, is a room that we imagine the Sapersteins seldom visited. This is not a kitchen for the casual cook, or even a single cook. Oh no. We see multiple work stations, multiple commercial grade ranges, warming ovens, a deep fryer, a restaurant grade toaster, and against the back wall, a row of stainless kitchen sinks and dishwashers. And do the children notice that even in a $125,000,000 house that the damn microwave oven is sitting on the counter top just like it does in trailer and tract homes across America?

15 comments:

Phoenix said...

From the Los Angeles Times:

Leveling restrictions on McMansions

As America's desire for bigger houses grows, communities declare enough.

Fed up with seeing outsize houses popping up in open spaces or overwhelming the scale of established neighborhoods, cities and counties across the United States are declaring war on McMansions.

Famously eco-friendly Boulder County, Colo., is considering forcing people in some rural areas to pay extra to build homes bigger than 3,000 square feet. Atlantic Beach, Fla., has restricted home size to half the square footage of lots, and the Los Angeles City Council is due to consider a similar measure.

In Minneapolis, reining in big homes was the top issue Betsy Hodges heard about when door-knocking in her successful campaign for City Council in 2005; last month she and the rest of the council unanimously passed a law restricting home size to half the square footage of each lot.

Anonymous said...

OMG, the "medieval" dining room looks like the dining hall in the Harry Potter movies, LOL.

Thanks for the pics, mama, keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

The cheaper looking dining room is almost certainly a wine tasting room. The gated door is clearly an entry to the wine vault.

Come on Mama, I thought you would catch this.

Phoenix said...

lmao @ "the damn microwave oven is sitting on the counter top just like it does in trailer and tract homes across America".

A 'common touch' to anchor this house in the reality based community, no doubt ;)

Anonymous said...

Many, many years ago, I went to a party at a home in Bel Air. You may know the home as it was featured in 9 to 5 as the home for the evil boss, Dabney Coleman.

One of the most beautifully decorated houses I have ever seen...amazing hardwood floors and panelling, beautiful fabrics, antiques, landscaping, high ceilings. The whole nine yards. And a kitchen that actually looked worse than Miz Suzanne's kitchen. I don't think it had been touched since the house was built. I'm not sure the owners ever were in the kitchen as well, which was the first thought I had when I saw Miz Suzanne's kitchen.

For all the money these people are paying to decorate rooms that they never use, don't you think they might want to drop a dime on a room that is used everyday? Perhaps not by them, but they might just want to make it nice for the poor staff who has to put up with them.

jay said...

A microwave needs at least 6 inches of air space around it or they overheat and burn out. I killed several of mine in their built-in cubicle before I read the instructions and had to move it out to the counter. It may look trashy but at least my microwave works now.

Anonymous said...

Perfect setting for the next Surreal Life....btw I love your site Mama!

Anonymous said...

The photo on the right is indeed the wine cellar. The gold railing up to the right corner of the photo is the balcony where the minstrels play. (I am not making this up!)

Phoenix said...

jay, good point, and dovetails nicely with my tongue-in-cheek comment; livability and common sense first. I personally don't like the look of mounted microwaves and keep mine stored on a utility cart in the pantry most of the time.

Phoenix said...

Unrelated NewsFlash: Lindsay Lohan was busted for DUI again last night with a .12 blood alcohol level. She also had cocaine in her pocket.

Anonymous said...

I'm having such a time trying to wrap my head around someone actually living in a place like this.

These "people" are definitely rich in cash but very, very poor in common sense.

Do something good with your money instead of having these obscenely sized and decorated houses. You sure can't call them homes.

RLT said...

And, once more, the obvious failure in their aspiration to a grand scale. In an authentic mansion - not a McMansion, or even the attempted imitation you see here - the dining room would be of such a size that the chairs would not need to be crowded on top of each other. And if it were not possible to fit a dining room of the required size into the house, then the classy thing would be to put a dining set that would fit - NOT cram a bunch of furniture in there for the number of people you wish you had room to feed. Geez.

Anonymous said...

The kitchen is nice, quite functional. Definitely for a staff, though.

topclass said...

look mama don't be so judgemental or jealous!!! It is a beautiful home with tons of class! I know because I have been there many times. The kitchen has all the top Chef appliances....they did not cut any corners when it came to the heart of the home. Top chefs have entertained there and are very pleased with the layout and the applicances.

Anonymous said...

is that a kitchen or a chemical testing rooom?