Sparkling, Luxurious and Glamorous. These are words that describe the Hollywood Regency decorating style. Sometimes called Hollywood Glamour, this decor delivers high style that's decadently opulent yet elegant. Whether you're a qualified starlet or simply ready for your close-up at any moment, Hollywood Regency will make you feel pampered. Hollywood Regency is marked by high drama. It's the details that make this decorating style really sing. Luxurious textured throws, thick trims, plush upholstery and billowing curtains create a soft, luxe feel. Accents should be big, bold and highly decorative. A great favorite of mine in the Los Angeles area for the Hollywood elite, and not so elite, that compose this great city where I reside.
In a nutshell, this form of decorating uses items found in all parts of the world. Any given room may have a Turkish rug with an Italian table sitting on it. There may be German crystal accent pieces and pillows made with fabric from Ireland. Since I have traveled extensively, I love to incorporate my finds and experiences into interior spaces.
The only "rule" with this type of decorating is to use items you like. If you enjoy African masks or collect German beer steins, they will fit in this type of decorating. Some people will decorate an extra room in this style and call it a "travel room." If that is your intent, be sure to have a bookshelf with travel books in the room as well as an atlas and globe to give it some international finesse. It is a relatively newly emerging decorating style and is now starting to get the recognition it deserves as more people travel the world.
While Country Style is typically informal, it’s focus is comfort with well-built furnishings that can take a beating and still look good. Country colors are soft and relaxing. French Country is a derivation of country style but with a bright color palette utilizing colors like bright yellow and deep blue. Traditional is reminiscent of the 18th and 19th centuries from the Grand Dames of European Design. Wood can be ornate, and colors are classic and timeless. If you like curved legs, high back chairs, and have a passion for antiques, then traditional is your style. I like to mix for a more relaxed yet elegant setting.
This style of residential architecture and interiors found its place in American post-war suburbs and flourished for several decades, most evidently in California, with the movement peaking in the 1950s. Mid-century modern’s strong influences are still present in home design today. Architecture is reinterpreted with state-of-the-art, sustainable building materials and finishes, yet the overall design aesthetic remains virtually unchanged from its origins. This approach married indoor spaces to the outside which is so common these days. Furnishings consists of plastics, resin, metal composites, laminates and fiberglass that all help to fuel their boundless creativity. Designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Eero Saarinen and Isamu Noguchi were major contributors to mid-century modern furniture style. This look features organic, quirky geometric and curvilinear shapes made from a mix of natural and man made materials. Clean, sculptural lines exemplify mid-century modern furniture. The design characteristics of these furniture pieces transcend time, making them a relevant and popular choice for today’s homeowner. Find lost treasures of this genre propel me to the Flea Markets of London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles alike. My clients love this style!
This genre is best described by the order of its basic elements. All objects inside a room must serve a certain purpose and those that are useless must be removed. At this point, decorative elements lose their value as the basic furnishings and finishes represent the exquisite room design and aesthetics. It incorporates clean lines, and cutting edge materials. Rooms designed in the contemporary style have a good use of space without feeling overcrowded. Strong bold colors are typical and every item in the room becomes its own. Plain and modern are two words for describing furniture. Low-level wood furniture is always a great choice. The floors and doors must follow the same rule. Keep them plain, discreet and simple. To unify a room, use the same material and color for the windows’ joinery and cover them with vertical or horizontal blinds. Colorful minimalist is one of my favorite motifs for clients who need visual relief from their usually busy and complicated schedules. It offers peace and a Zen like environment to feed one’s soul.
A contemporary style home can be a quiet and comfortable retreat. Fundamentally, simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines help to define contemporary style decorating. Interiors showcase space rather than things. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh and yes!! very chic. Neutrals colors, black, and white are the main colors. The palette is often punched up with bright and bold color accents. With walls painted in a basic neutral, you have a wonderful backdrop for bold colored accessories.
“Serene, tranquil, relaxing—three words to describe my ideal outdoor space. After being cooped up inside all winter, I cannot wait for summer to arrive. My ideal outdoor space includes creating multi-use areas to relax, cook, and dine to enjoy good food and great conversation. As an interior designer, I often like to start with a neutral base palette and add layers of dramatic, eye-popping elements. Pillows, lanterns, pots, and other accessories in fun colors like orange, green, and blue are a way to add that element of surprise and the unexpected.”