Melissa Rivers’ Santa Monica Villa Holds the Canopy Bed of Our Dreams

published Oct 16, 2020
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Melissa Rivers created her dream house with her Mediterranean-style villa in Santa Monica, CA. The television host and producer gave Architectural Digest a tour of her new home, a 7,048-square-foot space that shows off her mother’s antiques. What feels particularly luxurious is her canopy bed, a large and cozy staple fit for a fairy tale. 

Canopies have long been used as a symbol of status. Older versions were made of brocade silk and were used out of necessity.  The canopy curtains were created to establish a much-needed sense of privacy, giving the overall sense of a “cozy room within a room.”  Not to mention they provided warmth from the cold air that drifted within castle walls.  

Rivers’ custom canopy bed is a perfect addition, adding that retreat-like space to the large bedroom. Cream-colored curtains surround each side, paired with white linen bedding. “It’s the California version of the ‘Princess and the Pea’ bed—a classic but lightened up, very tonal,” said Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Rivers’ interior designer, to AD.

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On both sides of the canopy, Rivers displays pieces from her late mother Joan Rivers’ malachite collection. The 19th-century Syrian-designed tables add dimension and interest. “The color is so spectacular, and the green is just exactly what fits in this soft, soft palette of a room,” Rivers said to AD. The rest of the house is filled with even more of Rivers’ family heirlooms—including Fabergé eggs and Han dynasty pottery.

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See more of Melissa Rivers’ home over on Architectural Digest. And if you’re looking to create your own dream canopy bed, here are some options.