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Luxuriously lavish: The red-haired wife of Gordon Getty, fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, shows off her dazzling San Fransisco mansion, designed by architect Willis Polk in 1906 in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

The self-proclaimed socialite-turned-interior designer, Ann Getty, has opened up her home to give the world a peek into the lavish life of a style doyenne.

After starting a publishing company with Lord Weidenfeld in New York and London and completing archaeology studies at the University of California at Berkeley, she settled on interior design, where she now focuses all of her attention on her clients and her team.

Her new book, Ann Getty: Interior Style, to be released next month, proves her point.

The Getty house boasts paintings by Renoir, Matisse and Degas, which all sit above George III armchairs, on walls covered in Chinese gauze.

Her own tables, set with 18th century china, Tiffany’s silver, period place mats, elaborate flower arrangements and crystal glasses, have entertained presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Princess Margaret, and Queen Sofia, as well as Luciano Pavarotti.
Traveling from old-world Italy and England, to intricately decorated China, Vietnam and India, she has spent decades seeking out her decorative treasures.

Style doyenne: Ann Getty, along with her composer husband, is a longtime patron of the arts and sciences – the couple have hosted numerous fund-raisers and charity events at their Pacific Heights mansion.

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