TINA: Book (Stephen Sills)

A Vision For Design (2022)

Tina Turner - A Vision For Design (Stephen Sills) - Book

Tina around June 2022 reading a preprint of the book for which she wrote the foreword

When Tina Turner was struggling to decorate her new home in the South of France, she got a helping hand from designer Stephen Sills — and ended up with a friend for life. Tina told Sills about a new property she'd just built on the French Riviera and asked for his help filling it with treasures. He admits he was nervous to work with the superstar at first, but he went to France to see the villa perched on a hilltop above the Mediterranean Sea and come up with a vision for the jumbled mix of pieces that occupied it at the time. He draped wicker furniture in sheets, rearranged things and created a new floor plan. And Turner's reaction proved he had nothing to worry about: After showing her his ideas „She just said, 'I love it. Let's do it.' She was just magical.“

The pair became fast friends, visiting stately homes in the area hunting for inspiration and making shopping trips to the flea market in Paris. „We became very close instantly.“ In addition to good taste, they shared a common history. „I was from southern Oklahoma. She was from Tennessee. We talked about growing up in the country and how we got out. We'd stay up and drink champagne from 2 o'clock in the morning talking around the fire. Just about decoration and creativity. It was just an enchanted moment.“

Turner also visited him at home in Bedford, New York. When TINA The Tina Turner Musical was debuting on Broadway, she and her husband Erwin stayed in his guest house for weeks and Sills threw a party to celebrate for a cast of their international friends. One of those guests was Martha Stewart. When guests started arriving and Tina had still not appeared, Sills and Martha went to retrieve her from the guest house where she was napping.

„She was in bed with the covers up to her head. And I said, 'Hon, this is Martha Stewart. People are coming, darling. Come, let's get ready and go over.“ But before Turner could get up inspiration struck. „I said, 'Can I take a picture of both of y'all together?' She said, 'Sure, let me get dressed.' I said, 'No, just stay in bed. Martha, go over there.' I pulled back the cover and I said, 'Get in like you're in bed with her. Pull the sheet up so you look like her.' And I took it.“ Martha posted it that night. „She told me, 'I've already got 7,000 likes in the past 20 minutes!‘“

Sills also took on a special project for Tina in Tennessee. When he learned that her childhood schoolhouse in Nutbush was going to be torn down, they worked together alongside the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center to relocate it and turn it into a museum about Turner's life and music, the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, which is open to visitors.

In Turner's final years, Sills continued to visit her and Erwin in Switzerland. „I saw her six months ago. I went over there and stayed two days and two nights and we went out to dinner and everything. She seemed great, but I really think it was ... she wanted to go. She told me that two years ago. She said, 'Stephen, I'm ready to go anytime. I'm not scared of death. I've had a wonderful last part of my life and I've enjoyed it, but I'm tired.‘“ 

The new book is an in-depth look at several of Sill’s most recent projects, absolutely stunning homes located in New York City, Florida, the Hamptons, and Connecticut, as well as Stephen’s own homes. Tina Turner wrote the foreword.

Release: October 18, 2022
Writer
: Stephen Sills
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Language: English

Tina Turner - A Vision For Design (Stephen Sills) - Book

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