Last week I wrote about the history of Hollywood Regency which originated in the 1930’s. Today the style has undergone a few changes but retains the feeling of luxury that made it so popular more than 80 years ago.
As in the 1930’s, Hollywood Regency today uses luxurious materials, clean lines and geometric patterns to draw the eye into the space. The style today uses bold, bright colors on statement pieces such as curtains, lamps or chairs and intersperses these with black and white patterns on rugs, walls and larger furniture items.
While classic furniture is still heavily used in modern-day Hollywood Regency style, certain items from the mid-century modern period are now incorporated as well. The Parson Table being one of the favorites.
Above all, Hollywood Regency is playful elegance. There is always a sense of wonder, glam and whimsy to rooms decorated in this style. From faux fur rugs to bright colors, and from giant statement wall decor to animal statues, this style takes traditional elements and infuses them with a bit of frivolity.
For those of you looking to create your own Hollywood Regency space there are a wealth of resources out there. Pinterest and Domino are my go-tos for inspiration, Jonathan Adler, One Kings Lane, and Joss & Main are all great websites for finding furnishing. For vintage styled wallpapers Secondhand Rose is THE go to for New Yorkers but for removable wallpaper or a more modern look I like Murals Your Way. I have also had a lot of luck on Etsy but it does require a bit more searching. If you do decide to try this style have fun and if you can’t afford buy the gilded furnishing you desire don’t be afraid to try a little ikea hack, the end results will be worth it.
I’m an old-fashioned kind of girl. I grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, learned to swing dance when I was a teen and often wear vintage attire if I can get away with it. So when I started designing my new room I was looking to create a space that would reference the Hollywood Regency style of interior design. As I was searching for furnishings that might help highlight the look, I realized that more and more flash sale sites were carrying gold and white furnishings. Clearly I was not the only one loving the vintage style.
Hollywood Regency became popular in the 1930’s with the explosion of the movie industry. The style utilized Georgian and Edwardian furniture and modern Art Deco architectural lines; geometric shapes, chinoiserie, metallic and reflective surfaces, as well as luxe materials were highly favored. The style was frequently featured in the homes of the Hollywood stars as well as in film set and popularized by designers William Haines and Dorothy Draper.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films often featured the style in their sets. In the above photo Ginger perches on a newer style of bed that features clean lines and cut decals (the star) while behind the bed the tufted satin headboard adds a feeling of an older, aristocratic time.
Old Hollywood Mirrors
Mirrors and highly reflective surfaces pepper the sets and homes of this time. Often they were elaborately framed such as the image on the above right. In the later 30’s and early 40’s cleaner lines for mirrors started to be favored as in the image above left and below but they were often then flanked by more ornate furnishings such as the chinoiserie wall paper in Rita Hayworth’s Dressing Room.
While we may think of Hollywood Regency as being a more feminine style today it was considered appropriate for both men and women’s rooms during the 1930’s. In this scene below, Fred Astaire’s apartment features the large mirrors and tufted furniture (you can just make out the dressing-room screen in the mirror. However the roman bust, Egyptian style phoenixes in the fireplace, and the darker colored table and lamp lend a more masculine air to the room. Fred Astaire singing “Needle in A Haystack”
Above all Hollywood Regency was about high drama. Tall ceilings, large drapes or furnishings and rich materials were key to making this style a success. Next week I’ll go into more detail about how this style is once again sweeping the design scene. But for now I leave you with this exquisite set of a “Hotel Suit” to feast your eyes on.
Hey Folks, after a long hiatus I am back to blogging. It’s been a hectic spring; I moved, started doing more work for the film union on shows like “Broad City” and “Blacklist”, helped a cousin with the design for his wedding, traveled to CA to see my college friends and this month I have 3 more weddings! It’s been a lot to tackle, so I’m glad thing are finally getting unpacked and back to normal.
I’m now living in a 3 bedroom with two lovely ladies in Brooklyn and the exciting thing is …I get to do whatever I want with the decor of the house! My roommates are totally chill with repainting, hanging new art and putting up storage. There is always so much potential when you move to a new space and I love getting creative with paint, curtains etc.
The new place is a 6 story, multi-unit apartment building built in the 1920’s. The bedrooms are big and mine looks out onto a leafy tree, but it’s very dark compared to my old place and the walls were all an awful gray putty color when I first saw the space. So my first course of action was figuring out how to brighten the space. I did some research and started gravitating to gold and white decor but I also wanted to keep the feeling of the room soft (it is a bedroom after all). I pulled some images (see below) and decided to go bold and do white walls with gold trim and a blue and gold accent wall behind the bed.
The painting took an entire weekend and cost me about $150 (gold paint is not cheap people) but the transformation was pretty dramatic. I’m still working on hanging pictures and unpacking boxes but here is a little teaser of the before and after of the room.
As I said, I’m still putting the finishing touches on the space but painting everything made a HUGE difference! The room feels much more romantic and it was totally worth the 2 days and 3 nights it took to get the job done.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to get to work on a super fun Valentines Day party. Dances of Vice is well known in NYC for throwing extravagant themed parties. Lead by the ever glamourous Shien Lee, the parties attract a bevy of “dandies, aesthetes, and dreamers who gather in shared enthusiasm for the music, fashion, culture, and beauty of times past and re-imagined.”
Friday was La Vie Parisian Masquerade Ball. I was able to help out with the decorations for this event and have some photos to share with you. The location was the fabulous Downtown Association in Wall Street and the decorator was Francesca Signori and there were a ton of other creative types on hand to help out. Check out the photos of the event below!
I’m still working on weddings this summer and for the latest one (For my friends Katie and Jonathan) I am doing some vintage style wedding signage for the photo booth, guest book area and dessert table. This is what we have so far:
The photo booth sign is taken from the wedding chicks DIY projects but while they let you change the color they don’t let you do much with the font. We downloaded it and then with a bit of tweaking in photo shop and some hunting around for a better font type we came up with the above!
For these ones I had downloaded the shape ages ago but I made them my own with this FABULOUS font by George Williams and FontSpace. I’ll keep you posted as I keep working on them to let you know how everything turns out!
Hey Folks, it’s wedding season here in the NYC area and this summer I have been commissioned to work on 2 weddings. Stina and Matt’s took place earlier this month and I will be posting photos once the Bride and Groom are back from their honeymoon.
In the mean time I am working with Katie and Jonathan on ideas for their wedding. The reception is going to be in the fabulous Cracker Factory (which is a hipster’s dream in dark wood and white- washed brick) located upstate. After our first design brainstorming meeting it became clear that romantic lighting was going to be really important for both the bride and the groom.
Our research has led us to some amazing images and we will be taking some of these ideas and combining them to fit with the old factory setting. Check them out and perhaps they will inspire you too!
I’ve moved into a new place this summer and with a new home comes a whole new set of decorating challenges. My roommate and I wanted to make the new place extra special so we started with a new coat of paint. Lucky of us our landlord was fine with us painting so we could do pretty much whatever we want.
The living room was the first place we started. The room is huge! But it only has one window to the outside, this being NYC we do have an interior window so there is a little light that comes through there, but overall the space is fairly dark through the day. We wanted to keep the walls light but highlight the beautiful molding and add some personality and color to the space.
In the end we settled on painting just the trim a happy blue color and leaving the walls white. We started by washing down all the walls with a damp cloth, laying down drop cloths to protect the floor and then taping out our lines in blue tape. It was really important to use long strips of blue tape and to press it down really well so that we didn’t get any pant spilling out along the corners. Then we got started with the paint.
Because of the detailing on our molding we used a combination of acrylic brushes and sponge brushes. We did two coats of paint and waited 30 min. in between each coat for it to dry. Because the time in between each coat was more than just a few min we placed our brushes in some tepid water to keep them from hardening – if you do this just remember to dry them really well before you go back to painting so you don’t have a watery second coat.
Then it was time for the tape to come off.
For the most part our lines were pretty straight but there were a few places that I needed to go back in and touch up with a tiny brush. Overall though it turned out pretty well!
We are still working on decorating (nice looking, affordable couches are notoriously hard to find in NYC) but I will post more photos as we progress!