When the ticker tape fell and the pronouncement was made, Britany Simon may not have been the Design Star winner but her design is a winning genre of style that creates that magazine layout result in every instance. Hollywood Regency is a true mainstay in design, and I like it because its slightly more formal quality creates an unmistakable impression of a space that is cared for and about. It may seem a little too formal for some people with growing families, but where there is a will there is always a way to design it.
Hollywood regency is a design style characterized by its proportions of negative space; the shapes created by moldings, large areas of negative wall space, behind art hung very symmetrically, and molded doorways and ceilings that always play a negative role, crisp and white and frequently in contrast to emboldened color statements on walls. Britany has toned the formality back slightly by choosing a small-print patterned wallpaper, not characteristic to the look but maintaining the black and white disposition that can be characteristic to this style. The small pattern was a terrific decision for the architecture of this room, highlighting the decorative glass detail, and highlighting the lost detail of the exuberant yellow flowers visible from the window-box outdoors. Never lose an opportunity to bring the outdoors in! It imbues your design with a spacial sense of infinity, that defies the boxed room boundaries.
A very traditional or formal space is instantly de-formalized by personalization. Britany accomplished this, and balanced the corner window with two photographic portraits she took of the family.
I really like the one of the little boy – I watched the show, and he was not making it easy for her – but she overcame his reservations via do-nuts. I would love to have seen that moment in the photos – its something they could have talked about there after. She may have gone for a formalized pose because of the formality of the style she chose – but I tend to favor portraits that reveal a bit of the soul they portray. It’s impossible to communicate individuality in a posed picture.
The other walls gave testament to the Regency formality. Single framed objects in the Wedgwood vibe are spot on for Hollywood Regency. I smiled when I saw Britany’s wall art choices, because I knew immediately they must be thomaspaul. (you can get them by clicking link). His images are always classicism with a twist, in sonorous shades of color that fit Hollywood regency style.
I don’t think that this piece belonged to the home owner nor that it was reupholstered for this show – they did all this in 3 days! But winged arm chairs are chameleons of style – you can find one that literally fits every style of design, and they always make a statement!
Britany chose medallion accents and a room service sectional for seating in her space. The modern clean lines are perfect – but if you have small children coffee tables with corners can be a hazard, as can the accents.
Just replace the wood piece with a square ottoman in easy to clean microsuede, like this one from Target for under $350
If you love the medallion look blended with Hollywood Regency style, you may love this reupholstered sofa and loveseat I found on Etsy! They are really unique and would be amazing with charcoal grey walls and some thomaspaul wall art! They are priced at $1200 for both, and the seller can have them delivered for a fraction of the cost you might imagine – her husband has a trucking company! No, not a friend; I was actually considering them myself…
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It’s Friday – think about trying some Hollywood Regency this weekend to glam up your home!
- Design Star – Get Danielle and Brittany’s winning Looks! (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Surprising Combination: Yellow and Brass (hammer-and-heels.com)
- Yerts – Design Star Small Space Challenge! (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Hollywood Regency – Shabby Chic Syroco Mirrors (icanhazcrafts.wordpress.com)
- Tuesday Challenges (thesmallscreenwithcrystal.wordpress.com)