Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm a Visual Creature

From art, to fashion, to architecture, all of the things I love are very well designed and quite easy on the eyes.  I'm a visual creature, and my idea of happiness is to be surrounded by beautiful, well designed things.  It should come as no surprise that I'm obsessing over the interior design of my apartment.  To be honest, this blog is going to be mostly about putting together my apartment on a very tiny budget.  It's going to be great though.

A few months ago, while at work, I stumbled across a design style called Hollywood Regency which has actually been around since the golden age of Hollywood.  The description fits perfectly into what I want for my apartment.  Here's something I am directly quoting from another website.

"The Hollywood Regency style was characterized by high glamour and glitz and emerged through the work of interior designers, such as Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe, and William (Billy) Haines, who decorated the homes of film luminaries in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s.
Furnishings combined clean lines with fancy detailing and shiny finishes to transform homes into luxurious showpieces fit for celebrities and the fashionable lifestyles they led under the glare of publicity. Reflective surfaces achieved with lacquer and chrome and mirrors were prominent along with shiny architectural hardware, velvet drapes, silk lampshades, glimmering chandeliers, thickly sculpted rugs, and faux fur accents. The pieces, sophisticated and gemlike in their appeal, were scaled to let the stars that used them stand out from their surroundings. They reinforced the prominence of the room’s occupants, fueling social interaction and an elegant, upbeat atmosphere conducive to entertainment and escapism. An offshoot of the Art Deco style, the forms incorporated sensuous curves, geometric pattern and a high degree of artisanship resulting in luxe textures. The palette revolved around whites and creams and blacks. Today’s interpretations of the style, reacting to the minimalism and neutral palettes of modernism, incorporate a variety of influences, from Art Deco and mid-century to neoclassical and opulent glam; the lustrous wares are decorative and often wear coats of brilliant color. Like any great movie, Hollywood Regency is a style that will continue to be revisited and remade."

I'd quote what site I took that from if I could remember where I got it.  Sorry (author), I didn't mean to steal.

Basically the style is non-matching in style, but matching in scale and proportion.  I can mix and match my favorite pieces of furniture together and it works.  I'm a little ADD, so anything shiny always catches my eye, mirrors are a former-model's best friend, and anything Art Deco works for me.  The style also celebrated Asian-influenced pieces (chinoiserie) and graphic prints.  This is all right up my alley.

Here are some of the photos that I've found most inspirational for my apartment:

This one is probably the 'go-to' photo for me.  I'm going to try to get the same sophisticated gray color for my walls.  I've had troubles matching paint in the past, but hopefully I'll get this one right. I want this graphic black and white rug so much.  I can't find a good rug anywhere.

I like the mix of black and white furniture and, again, the gray color on the walls.  You can see some Asian influences in the white chairs and the black mirror on the left.  Bamboo definitely works for this style.  Seriously, how cool is the chandelier?
I want to recreate this almost exactly in my new apartment.  There is a wall next to the front door that this situation would be perfect for.  Walk in, set your mail and keys on the table, pull out a stool, sit down and untie your shoes.  Perfect, right?  Then the stools could be used for extra seating during parties.  I love the contrast between the simple, clean lines of the table and the intricate mirror.

Here's another take on the same table/stool situation. 
I want that giant giraffe!

This room is getting closer to the colors I'm interested in.  Here it's all black and white with red accents, but I want to do a color palette based on menswear fabrics, so black, white, and gray with maybe a little color.
Like green possibly?  I like the furniture arrangement in this photo a lot.  Perfect for conversation and cocktails, right?
For the bedroom, I want something that looks like a very expensive hotel.  I have black bedroom furniture with gold pulls, so this photo could be something that would work.

Or something like this?  I'm sure I'll come up with something cool.

So, basically that's the feel I'm trying to manifest in the space where I live.  Hope you like!

1 comment:

  1. I love the sofa and the horse painting in the first photo. Absolutely love the dining room chandelier. Wow! I forgot to tell you in my earlier post that I like your new blog spot. Can't wait to see pictures of the new place and what you end up doing with it!!