What I love about fashion and design is how quickly the style pendulum swings back and forth… from maximalism to minimalism, toile to geometrics, mirrored to matte, and so on. And in the age of mixing-and-matching, and especially due to the growth of ‘interest groups’ (i.e. Retro Renovation), the amazing thing is that a wide variety of styles now easily live together, side by side. So it should come as no surprise that my modern-design blog has been getting its greatest ‘hits’ all thanks to a post titled ‘Hollywood Regency Nursery Inspiration.’ So here’s another… with some bargains to boot.
It’s funny, because this dichotomy reflects the design style of two of my favorite small-screen couples, due to return to television this Sunday night. Although much has been made of the fact that the Draper household’s furnishings now appear traditional, ‘colonial’ and quite fuddy-duddy (as opposed to the Danish Modern up-and-coming style of Pete and Trudy Campbell) people today seem to be loving on certain elements in Betty’s (and once, Don’s) old-fashioned bedroom.
The puffy upholstered headboard is considered a staple of the Hollywood Regency style, as are things like mirrored dressers, bamboo patterns, architectural forms (like x-shaped ottomans) and a loud assortment of wallpapers and rugs. But these things can be expensive. So, in the vein of ‘splurge versus steal,” I’ve gathered some sensible alternatives to the must-have’s for your child’s bedroom – colorful and full of style, Hollywood Regency can be a great direction for kids.
1. The upholstered headboard
A company named RoomService makes this rocking queen-sized bed (above left) in kelly green! but at $1895 you’d be better off taking a class and learning to upholster furniture yourself.
Which is why I was so thrilled to still see the Nurseryworks “Vale” headboard (above right) still available on the EModernbaby.com website. It’s been discontinued by the manufacturer, which is why you can now buy a twin-sized headboard for $187.50 (down from a nutty $625). It comes in a variety of fabrics and colors, but there’s one catch. Unfortunately, shipping still costs $125. But you might be lucky enough to find it on one of the children’s sample sale websites … I’ve seen it a few weeks ago and perhaps it’ll show up again.
2. The mirrored nightstand.
Yes, Pottery Barn’s version (left), at $400, is more intricate and probably more beautiful than the version avialable at Target for $90. But think of it this way: if you have an older child (obviously, this isn’t the kind of furniture you’d put in a five-year-old’s room) the tabletop surface will be so covered with books, clothes, and other miscellany that you’ll probably only see the legs anyway. And who wants to spend $400 for a bedside table, especially if you’re thinking of buying a pair?
3. The bamboo-framed wall mirror.
The version at left is by a company called Cyan, again available for $400. But I found this faux bamboo frame mirror (at right) on clearance at JC Penney, reduced from $200 to $80. It’s not as OTT as the Cyan version, and you may have to overlook the fact that it’s from the “Cindy Crawford” collection (well, I did, snob that I am), but it’s quite lovely.
4. The X-frame bench
Lastly, to give your room the Jonathan Adler (if you’re East Coast) or Kelly Wearstler (if you’re West Coast) feel, one or two of these benches is really all you need. They’re super versatile and don’t take up a lot of space. See them at the photo at top for a sense of how they look in situ. But “starting at $495”? Sorry, no can do. And although I hate recommending obvious copies of iconic items (don’t get me started about Eames-like chairs), it’s the only sane thing to do in this instance. At right, Ballard Designs offers an ottoman in some lovely fabrics, starting at $179 and averaging around $230.
Need help finding pieces for your Hollywood Regency (kid’s) room? Give me a shout.