Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fleur De Lys Photographs of the Day


Children, Your Mama would have to kill you if we told you how it is that we came to possess a couple dozen photographs of the INTERIOR spaces of the tremendous and upsetting Saperstein mansion in Bel Air. So rather than go all hara-kiri on ya'll, we're going to keep that information locked deep in our vault. However, just so that you know, we received these photos in a rather obscure and not very obvious way, thank you very much.

In the interest of public safety, we are going to post just a few at a time rather than all at once. Your Mama is deeply concerned that presenting too many photos at once might induce a collective gasp of shock and awe so strong that all of the oxygen would be sucked right out of the air, causing the deaths of many thousands and millions of people around the world.

What you have the distinct and memorable displeasure of seeing above is the very grandiose entrance hall to the main house, which ya'll now by now was modeled after Versailles. Like you are now, Your Mama was left utterly speechless and short of breath at upon seeing the insanely garish, vulgar, and inexplicable display of wealth for the first time. We find the interior spaces even more grotesque and difficult to digest than we had anticipated.

This does not even look like a home. It looks like the damn Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Or one of Saddam's palaces. Your Mama hopes the Sapersteins have thoughtfully provided a basket of designer sunglasses with polarized lenses for guests to wear when they enter this gilded and shiny house. Please note the 24 carat gold gilded molding and ceiling details that glisten and throw light with such intensity guests run the risk of being blinded without a good pair of dark glasses to protect their eyes. But then again, Your Mama might just prefer blindness over being subjected to the visual insanity of this room.

Sorry Mister and Missus Saperstein, it may be just our humble opinion, but Your Mama is totally and completely appalled at your over the top sense of taste and style, and we sincerely think your decorator took you for a very, very expensive ride.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mama: you are a goddess! I can't wait to see the rest! Thank you so much.

PS My house and entire lot that came with the house would fit in the Saperstein foyer.
PPS I still prefer my house.

Phoenix said...

LOL, I'm dying laughing here. OMG Mama, good thing you got pictures because words really do fail in cases like this :) I have a hunch the REAL reason interior shots are not included on the realtor's web site is because they know it's a better strategy to get people calling. And it's even worse than I remembered.. the furniture is gold too. Gawd help us all.

Anonymous said...

I am speechless. IT truly does look like Versailles.

Smiley said...

I like the line about the sunglasses.

I was dying laughing inside.

:)

SMILEY said...

"Your Mama hopes the Sapersteins have thoughtfully provided a basket of designer sunglasses with polarized lenses for guests to wear when they enter this gilded and shiny house."

:)

Anonymous said...

One of your best, Mama! Thanks for saving the world from being sucked of all its air :)

RLT said...

You know, I think it is quite possible to go completely over the top with a Versaille inspired interior that would still be - in its own way - very attractive. This is just ugly. It's just one more example, out of many, that money does not in any way necessarily buy taste.

Kimmie said...

LMAO!!!! Oh, mama...It's a gajillion times worse than I ever imagined!!! Thanks for sparing us little by little...The gold molding does not surprise me--it seems that every super duper richie rich does this 'cause they don't know what else to do--BUT GOOD LORD, this house is hideous!!! Definitely not a cheap laugh Mama!!

Anonymous said...

OMG I CANT WAIT TO SEE THE REST, HOW FREQUENTLY ARE YOU GOING TO POST PICTURES?

Anonymous said...

If you want to know what God thinks of money......just look at the people he gave it to.
Dorothy Parker

Anonymous said...

There's a reason styles change. I wonder if Mr. Saperstein enjoys wearing tights and curly wigs too. This house is the last thing any normal man would want. Nauseating

Anonymous said...

There is a term for people who live like this:

Doucheoisie

The ultimate form of Douche Bag!

Anonymous said...

hmm ... in a 17th century chateau in rural france then perhaps the furniture would be more at ease ... it just doesn't suit a 21st century fake mansion in california .... with a fake blonde, perma-tanned, stretched face malibu barbie walking around it [yes i know she's swedish but she seems far more american than swedish!] perhaps to long in texas?

Anonymous said...

A few years ago there was a spread in Vanity fair, It had Mrs. saperstein lounging in gowns around the house. It was silly.

Miss Scarlett said...

When will the people with taste get money and those with money get taste?

Okay, I totally ripped off that quote but it seems that the Saperstein's decorators ripped them off too.

Oy Vey-I think I'll have nightmares about how tacky this travesty truly is!

Anonymous said...

...one of Saddam's palaces. Exactly. Ouch. Going to rinse my eyes with bleach now.

margalit said...

This wins the prize as the ugliest, gaudiest, most horrible interior I've ever seen. Even worse than those 'summer cottages' in Newport, RI. Evidentally, the Sapersteins were both blind, eh?

Anonymous said...

1501 SUMMITRIDGE DR, BEVERLY HILLS POST OFFICE, CA 90210

WHO OWNS THIS HOUSE?

Anonymous said...

I own it, what do you want to know about it? Asking 5.45M you want?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Mama!!

What a hideous mess!That staircase is absolutely vile - a curved one would have been better. The gold leaf needs to be toned down Mr & Mrs S need a decent decorator. (As a British person) I like our interiors to be liveable and not like your residing in a badly designed hotel!It does look like something in the "Dictators Homes"
book by Peter York. : )

Anonymous said...

looks like trumps apartment

natalee said...

This is the tackiest display of wealth I have ever seen. How can you call this place a home?

Anonymous said...

Any good realtor would contact the Mary Kay corporation to see if they would like to use this house as their corporate retreat.
Couldn't you picture it, all those Tammy Faye's running around, with 50 pink Caddy's parked outside....

Anonymous said...

I've had the unfortunate experience of being in this house. Fortunately, only the ballroom. Was there for a party and it has a separate entrance. She is even more hideous than the house. A truly nasty woman. Sorry, don't mean to be a "hater." Also, it's Holmby Hills mama, not BH.

Anonymous said...

What you all don't realize is ....
The furniture is NOT reproduction.
Its real !
Furniture is worth more then the house easily ...

Anonymous said...

This was all posted in "Hello" ages ago.
Some scoup!
hjb

Anonymous said...

About the boroque style of this estate I could not agree more. It give me a stomach ache just looking at it. Wonder what Jesus would have done...

Anonymous said...

So, I've seen the former Mrs. Saperstein, but what is she actually LIKE, other than known for having gaudy taste? Have people actually met her? Can anyone post about her? I know it's just wrong, but I'm absolutely intrigued by this family.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Suzanne (actually Susan before it was changed) worked as a stewardess for Sterling Airlines before she met Mr. David I. Saperstein. I can only guess that Mr. Saperstein's interest was piqued by the fact that Mrs. S. had a Swedish girlfriend at the time by the name of Eva. Too bad he only got to watch on their wedding night. I guess he should have seen it coming. At least Mrs. S had some looks before the plastic transformation started. Too bad we can't say the same about the newly rebuilt "Nanny". A shame that you can't find a person that you don't have to give a breast augmentation, two total teeth bonding sesssions to, a chin implant, a cheekbone implant, hair extensions to, etc, etc before you can truly "commit to life for". Fortunately, Mr. S. will probably not survive the insult and humiliation of another WOMAN leaving him because after all, he only has money, and that will only buy him time for so many face-lifts, hair-plugs and designer Ferre Alligator couture clothes before he actually has to attempt to interact and pull off a regular relationship with a significant other and his off spring without being able to buy them out. No new Hummer, Clothing designer job in NY, or coercing to try to get the children on your side.

Jay said...

I've heard about the house, but never actually seen the interiors before this. I hate to say this, but it's really not bad! While your description is hilarious, this place has nothing to do with Sadaam's palaces.
It's actually a very good, NOT GREAT, recreation of the 17th to 18th century french style. Yes, the gilding is bright- and it would have been when Mme. Pompadour was roaming the rooms of Versailles.
There is some very good furniture there, even a few great pieces. The stair hall is a knock off of the stair in The Elms in Newport, but Trumbauer did it better in The Elms.
I'm stunned that it's not as bad as I thought that it would be!

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