Before & After: Megan Mullally's Charming Broadway Dressing Room
A decorating challenge only a talented few have the opportunity of tackling, a Broadway dressing room is a strange bird… essentially a cross between a living room, a boudoir, and an office. For Megan Mullally, best known for her role as Karen on Will & Grace, comfort and storage were the most important considerations for the design of her dressing room for Broadway’s It’s Only a Play (also starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane).
“Before the show, I get my wig put on and sit quietly for a minute. At intermission, I read, practice ukelele, and do fan mail,” she says. “It also needed to be comfy for friends who come to the show to hang out afterward and chat for a bit.”
The space is cozy, charming, and understated—and a far cry from its beginnings when Mullally moved in. “It was pretty, shall we say, no frills,” she says. With industrial carpet, fluorescent lighting, a bare window, and fiberboard furniture, the space was devoid of personality and character. “I got it decorated pretty fast.”
In the interest of time and cost-efficiency, Mullally turned to a few convenient and affordable resources for her dressing room décor. She picked up a curtain, curtain rod, and affordable art at Urban Outfitters, frames from PictureFrames.com, and furniture, a rug, and lamps at West Elm. “Whatever West Elm had on the floor at that moment that would fit into an 8’x8’ room,” drove her aesthetic, she says.
A natural concern, the small size and narrow shape of the space certainly influenced her furniture choices, but she managed to fit a sofa, a vanity, and a side table, with a little room to spare. “The layout is first, and then you can kind of do anything,” she says. “It’s creative and a fun puzzle to be solved.
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