May 27th, 2011
01:42 PM ET
Photographed this spring, the four-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot house was purchased by Taylor in the 1980s and decorated by her close friend Waldo Fernandez.
The walls, many awash in blues and lavenders to reflect her violet eyes, featured such artwork as Impressionist paintings, an Andy Warhol silkscreen of the actress and costume sketches from her 1968 film "Doctor Faustus."
A bronze sculpture by Taylor's daughter Liza Todd Tivey sat in the living room, while family photos, Oscars and other awards resided in the trophy room.
Taylor's swimming pool was tiled by her nephew Christopher Taylor, and her lush garden included Cécile Brünner roses, pink cestrum and gold breath of heaven, and, of course, the Elizabeth Taylor tea rose.
Though she lived a glamorous Hollywood life, Taylor's home was anything but flashy, and she, her grandchildren and pets had the run of the house.
“Of course when she had to appear at an important event, she would put on the most beautiful dress and the most amazing jewelry and become Elizabeth Taylor, the star,” says her friend, fashion designer Valentino. “But at home she liked a cozy life, friends, good food.”
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