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If Daisy and Jay were here today:

“The parties were bigger, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the models were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired.” – The Great Gatsby


The elite society of the 1920’s could not have been louder, more extravagant, more excessive. Although this lifestyle was a flashy reality for Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, it was not a dream. Their dream instead, was this comfortable yet elegant room in The Cedar Knoll Mansion of Laurel Hollow, where they could create their own paradise and start a family.


Using Daisy’s natural beauty and charming dynamism as a muse, Gatsby created this room incorporating elements of art nouveau. After first choosing a Greek key pattern rug from Starks’ Nairamat collection, complimentary fabrics were chosen created by Clarke & Clarke and Duralee. To Gatsby, the gray and lavender palette represents illuminating relief from a chaotic world, while the balance of wood and woven textures symbolizes an inner harmony that has finally been achieved by the couple.


Now, for Jay and Daisy: the parties are only for birthdays, the shows are for private performances put on by their children, the building is cozy, the only models are Jay’s toy boats, and the ban on alcohol is still ineffective. So old sport welcome to the one, the only, the Great Gatsby’s room of simplistic, romantic devotion to his one, his only – Daisy. 

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