Hidden Hollywood Glamour

A St. Louis Designer indulges her powder room in old Hollywood glam fit for the blonde bombshell.

By Catherine Rolwes
Photography by Anne Matheis


Local designer Pamela Calvert has a knack for getting inside her client’s minds. “Once I understand what my client wants, I fine tune their look by giving it an ‘outside the box’ approach.”  But when it comes to her own home, there is only one agenda she needs to follow—her own.

Pamela describes her home's upper level as eclectic, with a mix of old and new. However, she allows more personality to show through her jazz-themed lower level. The Beatles and The Three Stooges are just some of the characters that bring life to her entertaining area. But camouflaged amongst three decorative niches is a hidden door, designed and built by her husband, which leads to the glamorous powder room with a mural that embodies Hollywood glam—Marilyn Monroe.

Monroe is portrayed in life-size form behind the door, looking out at the stylish room overflowing with sophistication. The three other walls are covered in black slate tiles. The ceiling matches with granite tiles. When designing for a small space, the old rule of thumb is to shy away from dark colors, but Pamela chose to decorate purely in black, silver or white to allow specific elements to shine through.

“By making everything black slate, I was able to make the floor the focal point,” Calvert said.

The spiral floor motif, which covers the 5-foot-by-5-foot space, was done entirely with single mosaic tiles. At the core of the tiles sits a modern pedestal sink that draws on the spiral influences. Anchoring the mirror above the sink are two crystal chandeliers.

Pamela has received nothing but positive responses from guests. “People come to my house just to see the bathroom,” Pamela expresses. “You can’t even tell it is a bathroom. It just looks like a wall of art until you open the door.”