Around her collection of 1930 Shirley Temple glassware and other personal treasures, Carol Burnett has built and furnished a house so sensational that "House Beautiful" and "Architectural Digest" both wanted to memoralize it.
"House Beautiful" wanted to give Burnett's interior designer, Barbara Lockhart, its equivalent of an Oscar or a Coty fashion award in a special presentation on the "Merv Griffin Show."
"Architectural Digest" intended to make the 17,000-square-foot house a cover story, a tribute few owners can resist.
But there will be no pictures of the house. Burnett is so concerned about kidnappers, Lockhard says, that she keeps a mobile security guard parked outside 24 hours a day.
Lockhart, a celebrity decorator from Los Angeles, is in Washington this week to finish a new penthouse restaurant for the Marriott Corp. atop its Key Bridge hotel across from Georgetown. The restaurant, from which you can see up and down the Potomac, across to Georgetown and all the way to the Capitol dome, has been renamed The View.
In its previous incarnation, the restaurant was best known as the place Wayne Hays used to take Liz Ray.
It wasn't a place you went to be seen. It was a place you went NOT to be seen by anyone but out-of-town tourists who wouldn't know you anyway unless you were on television as often as Walter Cronkite.
Lockhart, who decorated the popular Le Dome in Los Angeles, was brought in by Marriott to give the restaurant the same kind of class that in Hollywood attracts a clientele that includes Rod Stewart, Elton John, Olivia Newton John, Cheryl Ladd and Cher.
According to Lockart, Rod Stewart is so fond of Le Dome that he wanted her to make him light fixtures exactly like the ones she designed for the restaurant using $6 glass salad plates that are shaped like seahells and look like opaque Lalique crystal.
Lockhart works for a lot of stars. She did the late Totie Field's house.
(At the housewarming party, Fields forgot to have the water turned on and dishes had to be washed in the swimming pool.)
Recently, Lockhart redid the interior of the 20th Century Limited Silver Streak" train for a hide-and-leather tycoon, who uses it for entertaining and lent it to Mitzi Gaynor's friends to give her a surprise birthday party.
Lockhart owns a shop on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, where she sells antiques and contemporary home furnishings. Johnny and Joanna Carson browse there for their new beach house. Frank Sinatra's decorator bought stainless steel pieces there, which were made in Paris by Maria Pergay, for Sinatra's Palm Springs house.
Carol Burnett calls Lockhart "The Color Witch." Dress designer Bob Macke, who does Burnett's television gowns, made Burnett a soft-sculptured witch out of feathers and fabric scraps that was installed in the dressing room of Burnett's new house on a pedestal, like a work of art.