Infuse a Bit of Hollywood Glam Into Your Interiors!

Jul 02, 2018

Hi Friends!  I hope you have had a wonderful week!! The 1920’s and 30’s Hollywood Regency era- always one of my favorite interior styles– is making a huge resurgence in design today. The arrangement focuses on how people enjoy and feel in a space.   After all there were no TV’s or devices, but lots of glamour on the big screen , so infusing a room with  some sophisticated glitz, and carefully selecting comfortable furnishings, encouraged martini hour and conversations at home!

Kara Childress,  known for her European interiors, has exceptionally designed this transitional home with strong influences of the Hollywood Regency Era.  Teamed with Newberry Architecture, the walls were coated with slick white plaster, luxurious black and white marble flooring installed, and modern solid marble fireplaces built. This coupled with the eclectic furnishings, high sheen consoles, and infusions of gold, might be found in some of the Hollywood greats’ homes such as Joan Crawford and Carol Lombard.

How do your infuse a bit of Hollywood Glam into your own home?

Decorate with Blacks, Whites and Geometric Patterns! 

The homeowners who owned this home, have recently moved to a new one!!  Loving the glitz that the silver leaf ceiling added to the space-she wanted to incorporate a bit of this in the entry of her new home! The above home, truly beautiful was featured in my post-Going, Going, Gone!

Before: I don’t have a picture, so……close your eyes and imagine a smaller entry which is  a separate room all of its own.   It had a dark green grass cloth floral wall covering, stained wooden floors and a white ceiling. Wanting a dramatic, contemporary but light entrance with a bit of Hollywood’s forgone era, we went to work. 

By painting the wooden floors with a s high gloss black graphic design, the illusion of inlaid marble was formed.

The ceiling and the banding were then silver leafed, giving height to the space and marrying well with the new Lucite lighting. The walls, painted white, were lightly stenciled over the  grass cloth.  I loved the texture, and the silver design ties in the ceiling. Can’t wait to see it when their art is hung.

What do your think? Glamorous? Yes! The space feels much larger and whispers “Welcome to our home” when you enter.

Add Metallic Details to Your Cabinetry!

This era is all in the details! By adding metal papers to the bead detail of your cabinetry, both your hardware is enhanced and glitz subtly added at a minimal cost!

Letting your molding detail determine glazing embellishments and color choices.  Doors and casements can add that bit of Regency to your interiors as well!

I have a bit of authentic 1920’s in my master bath!  The mirrors over my master vanity and hardware on the dressing vanity are both from my favorite bygone era. Although I am not a fussy person, this bit of opulence does make me feel a bit prettier when getting dressed. Isn’t that what the era is all about?

Add a Dash of Chinoiserie to Your Décor!

From old Hollywood and before, though current times, Chinoiserie inspired designs still are a major part of “Glam interiors”. Mix these beautifully painted walls with high sheen moldings and doors!

Remember the Jazz age of  the roaring 20’s was happening all at the same time. Soft pastels and timeless neutrals became a backdrop for striking accents of bold, dramatic colors and vibrant metallic accents. By adding gold leaf to this Asian influenced design the pattern becomes lavish!

Use High Sheen Paints and mirrored surfaces!

High drama is definitely all the rage both in the 20’s 30’s and certainly today!  Use high sheen paints in unexpected areas and embellish it with brass or leafing!!  Although Lacquer definitely provides the Luster, Fine Paints of Europe, creates a similar look with less toxicity and can be applied at a fraction of the price.  Just remember in painting any surface with a high sheen to have perfect prep work underneath–any imperfection will show!!  We have also been testing a new super sheen paint from Sherwin Williams with great success!  Not available in all areas, ask your local store.

This French style cabinet, painted in a high gloss with gold embellishment now leans towards the Regency Era!! Designer Ellie Bale definitely had the vision for this powder. Feel free to experiment.  Any furniture style, painted in a high sheen will infuse a bit of Americas most glamorous time into your home. Mix that with a mirrored wall or a zebra rub and Hollywood will come to life.

My friend Nancy from Marcus Design used one of Hollywood greats–Dorothy Draper’s furniture designs in her IKEA hack project.  It turned out beautifully. To find out more go here.

Use Luscious Textiles!!!

Hollywood’s best dressed stars in their incredible gowns may have been the inspiration for the lush textiles used for upholstery. Rich velvets were all the rage and mixed with finishes that employ metallic or high sheen, a piece from any era can be reinvented to infuse Hollywood Glam into any interior.

The Hollywood Regency style was brought to life by the design greats of the times.  Dorothy Draper was master of commercial interiors while William Haines, the top billing actor of the 20’s and 30’s became king of the residential interior design world. Being the first openly gay male of the time, he was ousted from films at his prime, opened an antique store and began designing homes for all the young starlets. With Hollywood sets in the back of his mind, he mixed different styles, creating interiors which focused on glamorous, comfortable, entertaining spaces. His legacy is still alive today with his furniture designs.

Remember it is all about entertaining so one of the era’s most popular drinks is the Bee Sting, recipe found here! I hope you enjoyed this article and have a glamorous week!! Its time again to nominate your favorite blogs for the Amara Interior blog awards.  Ya’ll have been so supportive in the past.  Click here to nominate your favorite blogs!

Till next time, xo Leslie

  • Carmelina
    Posted at 05:14h, 02 July Reply

    Hi Leslie. You mention Super High Gloss product from SW being trialed – can you give me the product name? Interested in updated some furniture pieces to achieve Hollywood Glamour.

    Thank you. Carmelina

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 14:49h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Carmelina!! Such a pretty name! It is called Sher-Kem High Gloss Metal Finishing enamel. Hope this helps!!

  • Tressie Stillion
    Posted at 14:26h, 09 September Reply

    Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed ..Any suggestions? Cheers!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:07h, 10 September Reply

      Hi Tressie! I am so glad you like the blob. I have used Squarespace before but have switched to word-press which I feel is much easier. I had to hire a web developer and there are plug ins that you need to payfor and update so seems as if nothing if free. Good luck and go for it!!

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