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Mario Buatta on L.A. decorating and 50 years of interior design
Mario Buatta on L.A. decorating and 50 years of interior design

In the old-money-obsessed 1980s, Mario Buatta was one of the go-to designers for the rich and famous. His love of English country decorating and glossy floral fabrics earned him the title “The Prince of Chintz.” Buatta's luxurious interiors, with silver-leafed ceilings, glazed walls, patterned carpets, ornate antiques, elaborate draperies and all that flowery fabric, may read as blue blood indulgences today, but his skill at mixing colors, patterns and prints has influenced contemporary California decorators who attempt a similar layered look with ethnic accents and modern furniture. And in an era defined by Belgian gray and industrial furniture, Buatta's sumptuous spaces are being...

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