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The Revival of Hollywood Regency Glamour


Hollywood Regency is a style of romance and beauty that exudes glamour. Photo credit: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds, Riverside Centre Antique Mall, Ohio.

Ask 10 interior designers to describe the look and feel of Hollywood Regency, and you may receive 10 different answers with one thing in common: the look must exude glamour!


Mirrored finishes and gold metallic trim create the glamour look at the core of Hollywood Regency, as seen in this Sanctuary antique mirror and gold thin console. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

During the financial hardship of the early 1930′s, a depression-weary society developed a passionate love for the movies. The splendor of faraway lands, gorgeous sets and beautiful people acting out tales of romance and adventure captured the attention of the populace, ushering in the romantic style of Hollywood’s Golden Age.


In the 1930s, a depression-weary society became enamored with Hollywood’s tales of romance & adventure. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Star-struck fans discovered a way to escape the doom and gloom that was pouring out of the news. The distraction of the silver screen offered adventure for the mind and soul through the magic of cinematography.

Hope was in the air and the public was ready to embrace the ideas and opinions that the movies had to offer, thus fueling the need for movie producers to come up with grand films with dazzling sets.


After a romantic dinner, moviegoers could take pleasure in sharing a love story as a couple through the excitement of the cinema. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

The value of sharing dinner and a movie is still enjoyed by many couples today. Having a stimulating conversation with your sweetheart over a delectable Valentine’s Day dinner, then enjoying a romantic comedy that even he finds himself laughing through, is the recipe for a night full of love, affection and precious memories shared.


Guy Lombardo was one of the stars of the silver screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Not only were the movies captivating audiences, but love songs were pulling at the hearts of so many as well. Couples could find refuge in the warm embrace of each other’s arms, while swaying to the tender melody of Guy Lombardo missing his true love.

Movies and heartfelt music of the times was starting to bring a brokenhearted society back together again after so much difficulty and struggle. The positive energy coming out of Hollywood was generating ideas about life from a different perspective, and the open arms of public support began to fan the flames of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Gorgeous sets like Scarlett O’Hara’s bedroom in the award-winning movie Gone with the Wind gave audiences a window into another world that enabled them to see what high style in home fashion could look like.


The tufted headboard with scroll and acanthus leaf design of the Chatelet bed radiates the same romance and luxury we have come to love about the starlet’s fantasy bedroom in the film Gone with the Wind. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Hollywood Regency was soon in demand and the glitz and glam of the stars began to find its way not just into the homes of celebrities, but into the homes of movie goers as well. Interior designers began to embrace the glamorous look of Hollywood Regency, sending a trend of shimmer and shine throughout the home fashion industry that would be experienced for several generations to come.


The use of gesso framed art and jewel-covered filigree perfume bottles like this one could be found on vanities and dressing tables in bedrooms and boudoirs, creating the look and feel of upscale luxury. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Achieving the glitz and glam associated with Hollywood Regency can still be created with the right combination of:

*Gold gilding on furnishings and accessories

*High gloss flooring

*Furry rugs and throws

*Furniture with sophisticated geometrical design and painted finishes

*Crystal chandeliers with beaded accents

*Tufted upholstery on walls and surfaces

*Luxurious fabrics on draperies and furniture

*Plush carpeting

*Mirrored furniture


The shimmery finish of the Melange Brooklyn table and the setting against a tufted upholstered wall exemplifies aspects of Hollywood Regency style. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The lavish variety of opulent choices offered a host of decorative ideas for designers. Finding the right pieces to complete the elaborate look of Regency was a matter of knowing the right sources and combining the right groupings. Excitement was ignited about the idea of creating a look that might be seen on the big screen!


Lavish, romantic accessories that might be seen on the big screen began finding their way into homes of moviegoers. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Combining several styles such as French Regency, Neoclassic and Italian Florentine crossed several design lines to create the bold and distinguished characteristics of Regency.

Venturing into this new frontier of decorating offered an opportunity for creating a sophisticated design style with the highest potential for achieving the right amount of glamour that conveyed all things Hollywood!


The acanthus leaf design of the Melange Charisma Chest gives the furniture the look of pieces that might be seen in the windows of high-end retailers in Paris. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The look of the Melange Charisma Chest gives the furniture an international flair that creates the intrigue that is so central to the Regency style. A combination of international influences made it impossible to pinpoint one source of origin that resulted in the Hollywood Regency home fashion genre, but there was no denying the distinctive look.


Rich detail such as the use of illuminated crystals on a French Empire light fixture are hallmarks of Regency style. Photo: The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Sensuality and romance are at the heart of this very sophisticated and refined style. The rich quality and detail ranges from illuminated crystals on a French Empire light fixture to the exquisite details of a pile on pile velvet upholstery that could be found on a Victorian fainting sofa.


Luxurious mirrored finishes propel the ordinary to a space that could be imagined on a movie screen. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The luxurious look of the Sanctuary Mirrored Leg Nightstand propels an ordinary room to an extraordinary space that is movie-screen worthy.

The feeling of being pampered and indulged is at the heart of Hollywood Regency’s staying power. The regal look carried on through the 60s and even today has swiftly made a high-profile comeback on the home fashion scene.


The shape and detail of the Sanctuary Shaped Mirrors would work in the composition of just about any Hollywood Regency design. Photo: Hooker Furniture

More and more quality furniture companies are introducing sumptuous furnishings and wall décor that boast of the Hollywood Regency influence. The look of the Sanctuary Shaped Mirror  in a silver finish is perfect for the focal point of a living room or dining room, creating depth with shape and detail that would flatter just about any Hollywood Regency design project.


Victorian fainting sofas like this are an example of the type of furniture that might have been used on the set of the iconic movie Gone with the Wind. Photo Courtesy Chapter Two Estate Sales, Riverside Centre Antique Mall, Ohio.

Chloe chaise

The chaise lounge, increasingly popular today, is a modern-day version of the fainting sofa. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

The fine fabrics, vintage accessories and furnishings styles that could be found during the Golden Age of Hollywood have never been so much in demand –or as plentiful — as today. Learning how to combine a flattering look that conveys the look of Hollywood Regency starts with understanding that love and beauty will always be found within the details of the interior design style that rose to the heights of fame!


The big screen dazzle vintage accessories of Hollywood Regency. Photo courtesy of The Love Letter and Vintage Finds.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the dramatic and romantic Hollywood Regency Style.






High Drama Furniture in Oscar Style


Two Oscars proudly hold court in a niche carved out in the library of Jimmy Stewart’s Beverly Hills home where the actor lived for nearly 50 years. Photo: Mary E. Nichols, ArchitecturalDigest.com

Like millions of Tinseltown fans, I can hardly wait to see which of my favorite films will take home Oscar gold at the 2015 Academy Awards. As I watched clips of this year’s nominees, I couldn’t help but think about how masterfully moody the silver screen is. And then it dawned on me. So is furniture. When dramatically shaped, dipped in rich color or sheathed in playful pattern, furniture goes from bit player to superstar.

Focal point furniture such as this delivers red carpet wow to rooms of any size or style, and enables us to create whatever mood we like with stylish intent.

Just for fun. let’s see how high drama furniture in Oscar style can deliver star power wow in your home.


The Cosette chaise is today’s take on a silver screen classic–the fainting couch. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Had Meryl Streep’s mean ol’ witch in Into the Woods sipped that magic potion while lounging on the sexy shaped Cosette Chaiseher transformation would have been not only beautiful and youthful but stylishly bewitching too.


Aptly named, the High Drama Chest is grandly scaled and fashioned with elaborate hardware and a bold painted finish. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The secrets of The Imitation Game’s Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) might have stayed more sufficiently secret had they been stored in the High Drama Chest. Its curvaceous silhouette turns the spotlight with a va-va-voom pinup girl ease, relegating everything else to the shadows.


With its dramatic flange welt, the Vera cube colors outside the box. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Birdman’s Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) would have felt anything but washed up with his feet propped atop the Vera Cube. Decked out in a lively Old World teardrop motif, Vera adds a hint of global mystique that intrigues and rejuvenates.


With its vibrant red leather cover, there’s no doubt about it–the Twitter sectional is something to tweet about whether you’re in Oscar’s green room or your own room at home. Credit: Bradington-Young.

Since Boyhood required twelve years to film every twist and turn, all characters in it — from Olivia (portrayed by Patricia Arquette) to Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke)–would likely have appreciated the Twitter Sectional, a butter-soft leather sectional so comfy it instantly relaxes, which makes the dramas of life easier to handle.


The Sanctuary Tufted Bed is anything but short on drama with its curvy, button-tufted headboard and gold leaf-accented finish called “bling.” Photo: Hooker Furniture.

OK, so the Sanctuary Tufted Bed   probably wouldn’t have helped Monsieur Gustave (placed by Ralph Flennes) prove his innocence after being framed for murder. But its sky’s-the-limit arched headboard (trimmed in decadent bits of shimmery mirror, no less!) would have restored the once-luxe looks of the Grand Budapest Hotel in the ‘bling’ of an eye.

This year’s Academy Awards is now one for the books. Time to turn the spotlight to…home. How will you pump up the drama in yours?


The Sanctuary tufted bed is true focal-point furniture. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


Serene Season Style: Try Subtle Glam


TUFT LOVE: Luxurious tufting, subtle mirrored details and self-patterned fabrics create a lavish nest for pampering relaxation with the Sanctuary Bed. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 Rustic red flannel and bold, colorful prints have their place, but in the serene season after the holidays, I like to echo winter’s subtle drama in my furniture and interiors. You can do this, too, by adding texture and sparkle to your home with monochromatic looks such as croc-patterned leather, self-patterned fabrics and window coverings, metallic and mirrored finishes, laser-cut suede, fringe, tufted and pleated upholstery and soft accents.


Pure drama comes home in this Bohemian Black Croc dining table and suede-look dining chair in black and gray that’s both softly elegant and dramatically on trend. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

soutache pattern semi-sheers bedbathandbeyond

Soutache, a design made of swirling ribbon applique, gives a high-fashion look to semi-sheers from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

You’ll have happy hibernating with these serene chic looks!

silver jacquard charleston bedding horchow

A range of refined hues such as pewter and silver in self-patterned fabrics make the Charleston bedding from Horchow a quietly luxurious haven.


Glamour meets the familiar with the serene and sophisticated Mirrored Plaid Chest from the Melange Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

strie circles draperies bedbath&beyond

Pewter satin serves up modern verve with a self-pattern of overlapping circles from Bed, Bath & Beyond.


A pretty pick-me-up for any room, this romantic Synergy Chair with pewter and glam sheen finish is a knockout with quatrefoil-inspired open carvings that wrap around for drama. More texture comes into play in the velvet seat and satiny back cushion. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


The quatrefoil pattern really shines in the rear view of the Synergy Chair. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

jasmine blue (pale aqua) tufted comforter macy's

Opulent tufting gives this soft Snow Queen Blue Comforter and shams from Macy’s deep textural appeal. Tuft centers are shaped like flower centers, not buttons.

tree of life lace country curtains

Timeless folkloric designs add a warm, whimsical touch, whether your style is timeless country or trendy boho. These Tree of Life sheers from Country Curtains use self-pattern, not bright colors, so they’re chic in any setting.

loeffler randall lasercut buff pump NM

Monochromatic patterns shine in fashion too, such as in these laser cut designed pumps in a neutral hue, celebrating subtle color and strong texture. Pumps by Loeffler Randall at Neiman Marcus.


Texture plays with light and shadow to make this Flowered Drum Table a lacy wonder. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

 A couple of these Flowered Drum Tables would add a fresh, unexpected touch to any room and give relaxing guests (or snow-shoveling kids) a place to set that cup of cocoa.