July 2, 2013
This is Happening: Overstuffed Regency
A mix of Hollywood Regency, '80s sensibilities, and gilded palatial touches, this devoutly more-is-more trend is popping up all over the place, and we're taking is as a promising sign of economic recovery. This isn't just a rework of Hollywood Regency: the aesthetic is old money meets new money meets Cyndi Lauper for a drink at the Viceroy (pick a Viceroy). Did we lose you? Not to worry: we've broken the look down to its most basic elements, from preferred colours (think anything Jem and the Holograms would wear), to suggested lighting (think ornate chandeliers), in a bid to make this maximalist trend easily replicable. A spirit of excess should permeate the room: an emphatically sloping chaise is a winner, as is a scaled-up coffee table.
Whether it's a chrome table lamp with a provocative silhouette or a dramatic glass chandelier, your luminescent moment should be showy, shiny, and worthy of its own spotlight.
This one's not mandatory (we've seen rooms that nail this trend in neutrals--neutrals!) but a hit of royal purple, fuschia or teal is a quick way to cut through the formality that comes with gilded decor, and break new decorative ground. Think: what would Patrick Nagel do?
There should be something in the mix that checks the "through the looking glass" box: be it an anatomical reference à la Pedro Friedeberg's classic Hand Foot Chair, or a posh animal figurine.
We've talked about the visual appeal of overlapping textiles; but this time around, the name of the game is mixing materials. Pair marble with velvet, lacquer with leather, and gilded anything with gilded everything, for a seductively tactile result.
Photographs: 1. Courtesy Kelly Wearstler 2. Courtesy Apartment Therapy 3. Courtesy Elle Décor 4. Courtesy Garden of Edlen 5. Courtesy Star Times 6. Coutresy Fontana Arte 7-8.Courtesy Elle Décor 9. Courtesy Kelly Wearstler 10.Michael Lassell 11.Courtesy One Kings Lane 12.Courtesy Kelly Wearstler
|Jonathan Adler Coffee Table, $1495, All Modern||Souffle Cocktail Chair, Price Upon Request, Kelly Wearstler||Bolo Coffee Table, $358, Pure Home|
|Vintage Brass and Marble Lamp, $655, Casa||Jonathan Adler Pendant, $1211, Lamps Plus||Harper Chandelier, Price Upon Request, Candelabra|
|"Sumptuous Purple" #4010-10, $34, Valspar, Lowe's||"Peony" #2079-30, From $63, Benjamin Moore||Caribbean Sea, From $19, Glidden, Home Depot|
|Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair, Price Upon Request, 1stdibs||Finneman the Dog Statue, $103, Home Decorators Collection||Imax Murphy Bust, $70, Bellacor|
|Cool Marble Pillow, $56, Zazzle||Silver Lacquered Wall #3865, Price Upon Request, Phillip Jeffries||Liam Sofa, From $2425 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams|