Marilyn was the classiest woman when it came to fashion; but her sense for what worked and what didn't work certainly carried over to her interior design skills. She seriously had the "je ne sais quoi", and one could learn a lot by taking a cue from her sophisticated style and incorporate it into their own design style!
Sadly, a quick Google search will not be of much help. Go ahead. Type in any combination of the words "Marilyn Monroe Interior Design" and you will find a somewhat hideous array of Andy Warhol knockoffs, black & red hued rooms, and fluffy pink chairs.
These are far away from the reality.
Marilyn Monroe's CHIC INTERIOR DESIGN
Marilyn Monroe was not flashy when it came to her home decor, in fact, she was almost the exact opposite. She was known for decorating almost completely in white.
She loved art, and reportedly purchased a Rodin statue of a couple embracing. She also loved Goya, Picasso, El-Greco -- the list goes on and on.
When she purchased her first home in Brentwood, she finally had the chance to make a house her home, one of her very own. A place she could feel safe in. I have pulled inspiration from furniture she had in that home (Greg Schreiner's private collection was a huge help for reference), along with examples from previous apartments she had in New York and Los Angeles, to compile this list of home decor.
Items Inspired by Marilyn Monroe's Style (INCLUDING PIECES THAT LOOK SIMILAR TO Furniture She ACTUALLY Owned)!
Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing... Marilyn Monroe did NOT endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research they look very similar to things she actually owned (you can see the original photos from her house with some Internet searching). That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. :)