Their shotgun-style house in New Orleans’ lower French Quarter is as polar opposite as Helen Mirren's palace digs in her Academy Award winning role portraying Queen Elizabeth ll in the 2006 blockbuster hit; “Queen". Mirren shares her home here with husband Taylor Hackford, director of many successful films. Unassuming from the street, the intimate side courtyard draws you into the open living, dining and kitchen space. One with high ceilings to marginalizes the steamy heat, broad, luxurious moldings and period antiques that say “stay and let's catch up with all that's new. "
An eclectic blend of artwork ranging from old portraits to African busts complement the hand woven rugs, wrought iron tables, cushy day beds and sofas. Warm and light paint colors provide a backdrop for Mirren and Hackford to unwind from professional demands that span the globe. French doors with transom windows are a recurring architectural feature in the bedroom wing, where a love of dramatic color surfaces. Vintage beds found on vagabond trips into the southern countryside are focal points and contrast starkly against the Hunter Green and Sunshine Yellow walls. Mirren and Hackford's New Orleans’ low-key refuge from the formality of England speaks more about their sensibility, which here in the deep south is nothing but pure American style.
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