Décor Dictionary: Hollywood Regency Style

As this bold and glamorous décor style is one of her favourites, we asked Capetonian Interior Decorator, Kim Stephen of In A State Of Luxe to define the trending Hollywood Regency Style for us…

Hollywood Regency Style: originated in what was considered the golden age of Hollywood – the 1930s. The film sets at that time were created with highly theatrical accents which were often brightly coloured. One of the movie stars of the time, William Haines, later became the interior designer in Hollywood. His experience on these elaborate film sets combined with his use of Neo Classical elements, modernism and Chinoiserie was the foundation for a new interiors style. Dorothy Draper, considered the first real interior decorator, was simultaneously decorating over scaled and brightly coloured interiors. Both of these designers created the foundation for Hollywood Regency style which has since had various revivals.

The current resurgence of Hollywood Regency (this is its third incarnation since the 1930s) was spearheaded by a new wave of bold American decorators fronted by Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler.

The Hollywood Regency of today (which in a nutshell is all about high-gloss glamour) is characterized by:

  • Bold Colour – fuchsia pink, bright green, turquoise and yellow…all often tempered with black and white
  • Luxe – fringing, velvet, crystal-dangled chandeliers, shiny silvery finishes and silks
  • Bright and Shiny – plenty of lacquered furniture in black, white or any bright colour as well as the abundant use of mirrors both on furniture and walls
  • Geometric Shapes and Chinois Influences – geometrically patterned carpets and plenty of faux bamboo along with other Chinoiserie (and other references alluding to the idea of travel and far-away lands)

Check out Kim’s website: here and her awesome blog: here

Image via: (from left to right: 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7, 8)


Décor Dictionary: Surface Design

Surface Design - Design Kist

Here is a brilliant little Décor Dictionary entry as suggested and defined by surfaced designer, Kristen from Design Kist (and you know I love me some Design Kist!) It’s such a valid entry to our dictionary as surface and textile designs play a big role in the creation of décor trends.

Surface Design:   describes the design of repeating and non-repeating patterns that can be printed or applied to a variety of  ‘surfaces’ – for example: fabric, wallpaper, paper products, crockery, etc.

Check out Design Kist’s website: here or find them on Facebook: here (they have recently added some super awesome local designs to their wallpaper section – *swoon*)

Textures Create Warm & Cozy Spaces

“We came across a very cool lighting blog a while back whilst trawling the web for some lighting info and found it to be quite a resourceful source of lighting fixture ideas, trends and information. The blog is run by Arcadian Lighting, a very big and popular American online lighting retailer, and since every now and then they write about more than just lighting we asked them to write an inspirational image décor guest post for us…”

Hi, I’m Susi, a writer from Arcadian Lighting. I am so happy to be visiting The Design Tabloid today. I was inspired by the idea of a Safari lodge and its close connection to nature for my post today. Rather than focus on colour, I’ll be writing all about how texture can create warm and cozy spaces, even when the colour palette is neutral. Hope you enjoy!

Bedroom Designs

We discovered the work of South African designer Kim Stephen through The Design Tabloid. Love how she mixes textures on this beautiful bed. The throw pillow has tons of knit texture that is so cozy.

Bedroom Designs

Take a note from this lodge interior to add amazing texture to your room. Wood on the ceiling and a mix of smooth and nubby linens add warm, organic texture to this bedroom suite.

Table Lamps

Layers and layers of texture make this bed feel ultra cozy. Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns and textures in neutrals; it will add depth to the décor.

Living Rooms

Timber stools add unexpected texture in this South African beach house. The rest of the furnishings have smoother texture so the wood is a great addition to the décor. Love how the under cabinet lights bring into focus the colourful accessories on the counters.

Pendant Lights

Mixing textures in a bedroom can create a cozy environment. Velvets, cottons, silks and linens layered together make for beautiful texture.

Living Room

The Romantic Organic collection by Laurie Owen, a Cape Town interior designer, focuses on amazing texture in neutral colours. Love the wooly covering on the chaise.

Table Lamps

Texture on the walls makes a room feel cozy. Grasscloth is a great choice to add texture and neutral colour to a living room, bedroom, hall or bath.

Table Lamps

Woven abaca, jute, sisal and other natural materials add tons of texture to a room. Look for woven rugs, accessories, furniture and shades for lamps to introduce a little or a lot of texture to your décor.

Using textured elements throughout your home instantly adds interest and cozy details to your rooms.

(Images Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Thanks for visiting us Susi (and the folks from Arcadian Lighting) – that was great! For more lighting and décor ideas and general lighting awesomeness be sure to check out Arcadian Lighting’s website: here and their blog: here

Quick Tips - Decor Diva - The Design Tabloid

Quick Tip #8: Scatter Cushions – It’s All In The Stuffing

That cheap scatter cushion might be beautiful but you should think twice before buying a stack of them…a good scatter is all in the stuffing you see.

#8   When selecting a scatter cushion the density of the inner is quite important. Try not to buy scatters that are either too hard or too soft as they have a low comfort factor and will be an irritant when sitting. Down or feather-mix inners are considered to be the premium choice and can easily be reshaped and plumped. Try avoiding cushions with shredded foam as it gets lumpy or 100% polyester/hollow fibre inners that becomes as flat as a pancake. Rather have 2 quality feather-mix scatters on your sofa than 5 inferior scatters.

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Let’s Keep Cape Town On The Map!

By Marica

Cape Town World Design Capital 2014

Congratulations Cape Town we did it! It was announced this morning at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei that Cape Town will be the World Design Capital for 2014! This is such a great honour and achievement for South Africa and I am SO immensely proud of the Cape Town Bid Committee, Creative Cape Town and all the other players that made this possible (ek kry sommer ‘n knop in my keel). I’m frantically waving the yellow flag today and super proud to be a Capetonian! Can’t wait for 2014 and the build-up to South African design awesomeness!

Image via http://www.votefortablemountain.com

Now, there is currently another very important voting process in progress – The New7Wonders of Nature and for those that do not know, Table Mountain is in the running. However, the current trends and statistics have shown that Table Mountain is falling behind in votes – a travesty we can not allow! Table Mountain is such a beautiful, awesome and extraordinary natural phenomenon and it’s inclusion in the New7Wonders of Nature can attract many a potential tourist to Cape Town and South Africa.

I read a report on Cape Info regarding the benefits and according to Grant Thornton, South Africa could benefit by R1.6 billion a year, equivalent to over US$ 1 billion for the first five years, if Table Mountain is chosen one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature. Tourism to Cape Town would increase by up to 20 percent annually, with 70 percent of the visitors expected to come from overseas. “This would support around 11,000 employment opportunities in South Africa,” the Grant Thornton report said. Amazing!

Image via http://www.votefortablemountain.com

Archbishop Desmond Tutu had earlier emphasized the importance of voting for Table Mountain by saying: “It is important that South Africa wins as it’s important for our psyche. And this vote is apolitical – Table Mountain belongs to us all – let’s show we can win. If we win, we will all have a spring in our step.”

The small town of De Rust has even thrown down the figurative voting gauntlet by challenging other small towns to do the same and beat their 600 + votes.

Image via Thomas Riley Photography

We too are challenging you – Table Mountain desperately need YOUR vote! Please, please cast your vote – only 15 days remain till the New7Wonders are announced. The New7Wonders will be announced on November 11, 2011 and we need your help to ensure our place in the history books. You can vote for Table mountain in the ways shown below, please comment on this post after you have voted to let us know – we hope to see A LOT of comments. Pass on this post to inform your friends – every vote counts! Let’s see how many comments we can get on this post before the 15th.

Vote for Table Mountain online,

via MXit

or via SMS as often as possible. SMS “Table” to 34874. Each SMS costs R2. 

You can also vote via Facebook.

 Check out the Vote for Table Mountain website: here.

Colour-Coded Inspiration – Blue

Hi, my name is Marica…and I am addicted to blue. I’m not ashamed to say it, whether it’s aqua, cobalt, indigo, robin’s egg, turquoise or ultramarine – blue attracts me like a magnet.

Blue is known for being a calming colour. It can be strong and steadfast (the deeper, darker hues) or light and friendly (the lighter, brighter hues). Did you know blue can help you sleep? Because of it’s calming effects is a perfect colour for bedrooms. However, too much blue could can just as easily depress and chill. In 1999 the wizards at Pantone named the light almost sky blue Cerulean the colour of the new millennium.

I found the following About.com explanation quite interesting:

“Blue conveys importance and confidence without being somber or sinister, hence the blue power suit of the corporate world and the blue uniforms of police officers. Long considered a corporate colour, blue, especially medium and darker blues, is associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.”

Feature Image via Pinterest. From top left: Gorgeous Blue Server – Tonic Design / Glass Votive Candle  – Mr. Price Home / Awesome Imported Chair by ParriCan be ordered through us! / Scatter Cushions – @Home / Turquoise Ceramic Pots  – Le Grange Interiors / Teal Velvet Quilt – Mr. Price Home / Indian Chest – Weylandts / Blue Glass Vases – @Home

Feature Image via House To Home. From top left: Blue Perspex Pendant Light – Can be ordered through us! / Gorgeous Ginger Jar Fabric from Hertex  – Can be ordered through us!  / Oriental Jar with Lid – Le Grange Interiors / Turquoise Protea Scatter Cushion – Mr. Price Home / Ruffled Scatter Cushion – @Home / Oriental Statue – Farriers / Blue Perspex Pendant Light – Can be ordered through us! / Striped Throw – Mr. Price Home / Blue Glass Pots – Le Grange Interiors / Ikat Cushions – Loads of Living / Perspex Stool – Marcel Wanders available through Crema Design