hollywood regency nursery inspiration

29 Mar

Viceroy Hotel Miami, Canadian House & Home

Now that mid-century style has been around for a while, even becoming inspiration for furniture at Urban Outfitters (e.g. my favorite chair), the next big thing hitting the public consciousness seems to be a style known as Hollywood Regency. If you know Kelly Wearstler(Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style)and Jonathan Adler(My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living)you’re already familiar with this seductive choice for interiors.


“Hollywood regency,” as the name suggests, comes from the studio-era of old Hollywood, during an age when people entertained at home.  Rooms were designed as personal stage sets, through a combination of deco modernity and lush, opulent textiles.  And, true to American luxury throughout the ages, more (mirrors, curtains, fabrics, pillows, patterns) is always better.  The best summary I’ve read online comes courtesy of HGTV.  And the best description is by Kristan Cunningham of Design on a Dime.  “It’s the juxtaposition of ‘super clean with super fussy’ that is so relevant [for today].” 

For additional reading material, go here:
Regency Redux: High Style Interiors: Napoleonic, Classical Moderne, and Hollywood Regency

My checklist for a room in this style would have to include:
– Lush fabrics/curtains – cane or geometric inspired textiles
– Rich patterns, complementary but overlapping
– Bright pops of color to offset black, white, gold and silver
– Lacquer everywhere and high shine surfaces
– Beautifully sculpted but carefully selected furniture
– Mirrors (sunbursts are a must)

And what’s wonderful about all of the items listed above is that they’re also the ideal ingredients for a nursery or child’s room.  But what’s interesting to me is that in the movement towards ‘modern,’ nursery design, we seem to have neglected the lushness and vibrancy that makes interior design so much fun.  I think the two styles (can, and should) live together beautifully.  So here’s my first inspiration board for you guys, inspired by Hollywood Regency:

Sources (clockwise from top left):
Dick crib, Bratt Decor (sale) $517.50
Capiz sunburst mirror,  Target, $79.99
Tweed rug, CB2, $159
Mid-century pendant lamp, Ebay, $99
Connected/Crimson curtains, Smith + Noble $300 (full-length)
Hemnes dresser, Ikea, $279
Vola glider, Monte Design, $995
Chrome/rhinestone drawer pull, Unbeatable Sale, $14.50 each
Hummingbird bedding set, JavisDavis, $260
Hello digital print, Madebygirl, $35

Please let me know what you think about this feature, and the inspiration board in particular.  Was it helpful?


2 Responses to “hollywood regency nursery inspiration”

  1. LesleySW March 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Very cool looking design. I really love it. And I'd love to include it in my Sunday roundup this week. Would it be OK if I use an image of the design board — with credit and a link, of course? You can email me at thedesignfile [at} yahoo.com or answer here.Thanks, Lesley @ http://www.TheDesignFile.net


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