Monthly Archives: October 2011

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

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