Hollywood Regency, Design Around This #15

palimpsestFebruary 18, 2012

We are going to try posting the Design Around Threads on the Conversations Side.

Pleas post your designs in this thread. Give your design a name or title so people who are commenting on it can refer back to it easily.


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My first submission is based on David Hicks and this type of Hollywood Regency may be what is most familiar to people because it is this particular expression of HR that has been revived by Jonathan Adler.

I am trying stripped down "boards" with some of these, leaving out appliances and artwork unless they are a significant part of the interior design aspect of the design. This is so it does not take up so much bandwidth.

I kept this one pretty simple.
Kraftmaid Doors in Willow. The hardware at bottom is smoked acrylic and chrome "Positano" from Hardware Hut. It would be sized to fit the horizontal dimension of the flat panel of the doors and drawers.
Heath Tile backsplash in one of the Dwell Patterns
Cole and Sons Hexagon wallpaper. (They make a David Hicks' hexagon, but I chose not to be so literal this time)
White crystal chandelier from Neena's Lighting.
Zodiaq countertop in Sage.
Table from 1st Dibs, but you could probably find something currently made.
Chair from Artistic Frame.
Amtico Linear Chalk with an inserted accent strip.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 11:56AM
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Pal, this is very restrained (in color and ostentation)compared to a lot of the Hollywood Regency images I've seen, but still captures the spirit of the style. I love the wallpaper and the way it echoes the shape of the tile.

I will post my much less restrained kitchen momentarily.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 1:06AM
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I embraced ostentationness here. I started with the gold leaf chinoiserie cabinet, and ran with the gold motif. I like the whimsy of the palm chandelier and the ibex head table

Gold Leaf Slant Front Cabinet (OrientalFurniture.com)
Silestone red eros
Faremont Dining Chair (Michael Berman Limited)
Bronze Ibex Head Dining Table (1stDibs)
Edgar Berebi Fairfax Knob with Topaz Burnt Peach and Silk Crystal in Museum Gold (Knobs4Less)
Edgar Berebi Fairfax Pull with Topaz Burnt Peach and Silk Crystal in Museum Gold (Knobs4Less)
Brass Hanging Lotus Pendants (1stDibs)
Bronze d'Ore & Crystal Palm Frond Chandelier (1stDibs)
Water Gilded Hollywood Regency Mirrors 1960 (1stDibs)
Ilve Majestic Collection Burgundy (AJ Madison)
Chinese Art Deco rug 1940 (1stDibs)
Empire Flambeaux Table Lamps, France 1920s, (1stDibs)
Room Essentials Voile Window Sheer Panel (Target)
Cu-Creations custom copper rangehood
Chemetal laminate backsplash
Tiberias gold marble floor tile (Daltile)

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 1:33AM
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I'm working on a silver-gold-stainless kitchen with a lot of yellows and grays and a combination of textures and surfaces. Assume that it is a working kitchen but also an entertaining spot; the owners aspire to be accepted among "old money" people. There is a dining room as well as the eat-in kitchen. House is a large ranch house in an upscale urban neighborhood.
Not sure how this is working out. Wadaya think?

Flooring is APC Cork in "sky" color, 1-foot squares. Fabric for drapery is "birdhouse Ivory Richloom" Better Homes & Garden drapery collection

Countertops are "breche medusa"

Or would the floor be better in a golden wood color parquet?

Table is Old Biscayne Design's "Lila." Chair is Kincaid Furniture's seagrass model.


For the sake of argument, I'm going to choose a couple cupboard items from Kraftmaid. Imagine this nickle edged glass detail but in the second finish, "burnished rye" on cherry. Hardware is by Abstract Designs and has a gold&silver finish.

Assume stainless steel appliances including an induction cooktop and a french door refrig with two drawers on the freezer and a silver Kitchenaide mixer. Hood is Range-Craft "Marlow" with two different stainless steel finishes.

I'd add cream-colored high-end china or antiques to this. And a mirrored freestanding piece with alcohol bottles and a silver tray. How about a cinnamon red for accent color?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 2:15AM
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Oh I forgot my light fixtures...
...a silver-gold finished Bubbolini chandelier, this one is the 3-bulb one:

...and sconces in Maxim's "Arabesque"

...the rest of the lighting is undercab and potlights in ceiling...and a darling little silver-finished lamp on the mirrored freestanding bar

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 2:22AM
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    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 2:29AM
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Cawaps, I have always had a soft spot for those ibex horn tables. I would say the only thing a Regent would not do is the black sheers, although I think in the current revival, perhaps so.

Florantha, I like your fixed elements but I am not sure about the chair you have chosen working with Regency. I see brass chairs or something a bit more flashy.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 11:33AM
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Michael Taylor did very classic, enduring rooms in the 50's Hollywood Regency style, and then became known for the rustic, all-off-white overscaled California look that I associate with Malibu in my own mind. He has rooms that were installed in the 70s and 80s that have only recently been updated by his successor.

My kitchen is based upon furniture Michael designed for Baker in the 1950s-60s. I think the board reads a bit dull, but the overall space would be kind of enveloping. The firm still exists, they produce some of his pieces, and a lot of it is available vintage, but I sourced new pieces for this project.

Cherry Cabinets from Plain & Fancy with grain-matched fronts.Gruppo Romi recessed pulls with full or half opening.
(The furniture pulls were slightly overlapped circles)
Farrow and Ball paint "Matchstick"
Domani antiqued mirror Chandelier
Antiqued mirror backsplash
Silestone Tao black quartz (the furniture had ebonized tops)
Lacquered Goatskin table (1st dibs)
Michael Taylor styled spoonback regency chairs from ERA interiors
Daltile Terrazzo tile floors
Chinese Rug from 1st dibs.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:00PM
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The antiquing on the mirror is approximately to scale. I chose a level of antiquing with large spots --about the size of the pulls. It would be a very vigorous backsplash almost like an active granite.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:04PM
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Pal, I had another chair but couldn't recall where I found the photo and didn't dare use it. I'll look about for it. It's upholstered on seat and back, with a slightly rolled back area at top back. It has upholstery in the cinnamon to tan range.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:46PM
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cawaps - I like your ostentatious look. I especially love the Bronze Ibex Head Dining Table - I had one of these in my contemporary phase of life. I like the chandy, too. I love the chinese art deco rug. Just a very nice look overall.

Palimpsest - I find both of your examples very pleasing to the eye, and easy to live with. I find that antiqued mirror backsplash very intriguing.

I would also like to see some more glitzy glamour examples.

Florantha - I really love that sconce. The rest of the fixtures are nice too, along with the hardware.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 5:56PM
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Two versions. The first is light, the second is dark. Here's the light version:

Tile is Bisazza gilt
Upper cabs are Kraftmaid here but this would probably be custom.
Tom Dixon lighting
Empire sink
Fratelli Onofri range
Custom hood
Habit Metal furniture Legs
Kohler Karbon faucet
Jonathan Adler salt and pepper and banana bud vase

Second picture:
Visual Comfort Ruhlman sconces
Horchow fixture
Custom banquette actually based on a Pottery Barn headboard
Chairs from One Kings Lane
Kindel HR sideboard
Draper Espana chest

My have bits are the brass legs and the ceiling-high banquette bank based on a HR headboard. IRL the upholstery would have brass tacks but this was created based on a Pottery Barn headboard.

Dark version coming soon.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 7:51PM
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The dark version.

Kindel Dorothy Draper curios mounted on top of countertop
Porcelanosa flooring
Black marble countertop, sink and short backsplash
Vintage HR sconces
Gold grille uppers (sorry they look funny--hard to recreate)
Chinese Deco rug
Walker Zanger tile
Adler table
Vintage chairs, fixture and sunburst
Thibaut wallpaper

Two mechanical issues bugged me here. One was the metal grilles. The pattern is way too big and would not appear busy like that in person. Couldn't manipulate enough. Second was getting the scale of the wallpaper and tile right. I believe, as far as I could tell, they are of very different scale and thus would not fight, but after a while I gave up adjusting.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 7:58PM
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Pal, you're being extremely tasteful for HR. I can easily see your first room being done today by a younger person in a lot of contexts. The second requires a real commitment to quality in the actual pieces.

cawaps, i like your Liberace-esque exuberance but that wall color reads too peachy for me with the other colors.

florantha, good finds but I agree about the chair.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 8:20PM
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I like both of your versions. I think the dark version would be spectacular IRL. I have always really liked the Dorothy Draper pagoda-like curios. The zig-zag version of the HR checkerboard is great.

FYI, Carleton Varney licenses a Draper birdcage Chandelier that would probably look awesome in your dark version --if you had 16 foot ceilings and a $7000 budget for one fixture.

I have a Draper one coming too, but it is quite different than yours. I am working from more restrained to exuberant through the inspiration designers. I think the origins of HR were very tasteful, and the look became more tarted up as it both trickled down and was revived. There are lots of intact rooms by these designers surviving that manage to at least look "not museum like" if not exactly fresh. Even Duquette, which I would not call "tasteful" at least in the restrained sense, has real staying power.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 9:26PM
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This kitchen is based on the William Haines room pictured below which was intact after almost 50 years, and on Sunnylands, one of the estates of Walter and Lee Annenberg.

Madagascar tile backsplash
Farrow and Ball James White paint
Luceplan Hope Suspension light
Silestone Koan quartz
Rift cut Tree Frog veneer cabinetry
Saddle stitched leather cabinet pulls by Turnstyle
Knoll Paperclip table
Klismos chair by Artistic Frame
Radiance terrazzo from Daltile
Kyle Bunting hide rug in Bittersweet/Merlot
Hong Kong Harbor wallcovering panels from Stark.

Again, for this project I could have used vintage or reproduced Haines, but chose to riff on it with other sources. Haines did not seem to use a lot of pendant lighting, using cove lighting and other elaborate recessed/concealed lighting, so I used the Luceplan pendant based upon some sconces he designed from large blocks of acrylic.
This project seems very restrained but would be expensive to pull off because of a couple of elements: the leather pulls are $227 each. The Stark panels are hand painted to order. The Knoll table is expensive. This kitchen could be done with laminate counters and vinyl floors and still be essential Billy Haines--since he embraced both, but the luxurious details such as the leather handles would be a must to capture the "feel". Strange how the littlest detail can do that.

To our eye, the paperclip table looks a bit strange with such a formal chair, but he (and a couple other Regents) mixed this type of thing regularly.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 9:59PM
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Florantha silver-gold-stainless: I think this is a fun space but not over-the-top. I'm not sure about the cork floor and the countertop--they seem too similar in pattern and scale, but some of my issue might lie in them being presented right next to each other (and the scale could be off too). I love the bird drapery fabric and the rug. The first I ever heard of Hollywood Regency was when Marcolo mentioned it in the DAT animal prints thread (something about Hollywood Regency being one of the natural environments for animal prints).

Palimpsest Michael Taylor: I like a lot of the individual elements of this one, but the mix of neutrals isn't quite working for me.

Marcolo light: The Bisazza tile is perfect (I'm working on another with a different Bisazza tile). The chairs and wheat sheaf table look great together. I think I like this one a bit better than your dark one.

Marcolo dark: I had my eye on that Studio Moderne tile--I hope you won't be offended if it pops up in one of mine later (I can't remember if it made the cut or not). But I'm not sure about the similar scale and pattern of the tile and the wallpaper. I think a different tile would avoid the almost-but-not-quite same scale/pattern that I'm getting here. Love pretty much everything else, especially the sconces and chairs.

Marcolo, regarding the wall color on my Palm d'Or: I don't see any peachiness in the wall color, but agree it doesn't quite work. I briefly debated doing the whole wall in the Chemetal laminate, but thought that might be too much even for Hollywood Regency.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 10:05PM
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This one started out with a bit of a mirror theme, although I ended up paring that back to just the credenza, with some silvery shinyness in the backsplash. I love the ostrich table lamps I found on 1st Dibs, and I thought that Audrey Hepburn, although a contemporary print, suited the Hollywood Regency style.

Black Shaker cabinets from Kraftmaid
Rangecraft convex rangehood, powdercoat
Old World Classic harware blue Swarovskd Crystal Pull in polished nickel
Fratelli Onofri 36" range in stainless (AJ Madison)
City Lights mosaic tile from Daltile
Lumicor recycled glass counter in turquoise

Teal wallpaper from wallpaperstore.com
Embroidered hourglass lamp shade from LampsPlus
Gilt bronze ostrich egg lamps by Charles, France 1950s, 1stDibs
Hollywood Regency Antiqued Mirror Credenza, 1940s, 1stDibs
Floortile Spark in smoky glimmer, from Daltile
Blue spiral rya rug, Denmark, 1960s, 1stDibs
Black lacquered oval dining table, England 20th century, 1stDibs
Faux bamboo Chippendale chair, 1stDibs
Artwork is Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Pec by Kim Dong Yoo, 2008, 1stDibs
Russian neoclassical chandelier, ca. 1860, 1stDibs

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 10:37PM
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I based the Michael Taylor both on this:

And this:

which are two periods of his work, I guess. I could not find whole rooms of the period of the furniture...the later rooms are more well known and published. He was one of the early "all white room" school. It would be a very neutral room, except for the rug, and the neutrals would have to be balanced pretty carefully. I do think it looks a bit dull in my board.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 10:51PM
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Have looked at chairs and of course can't find the one I want. But how's this for my silver-gold-stainless room with yellows?

contemporary dining room design by san francisco interior designer Amoroso Design

Here is a link that might be useful: from Houzz Amoroso Design in San Francisco

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 10:16AM
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I was aiming for the glamorous side of Hollywood Regency with the shiny black counters and appliances, crystal, and a bold splash of blue. The blue glass backsplash diamond tiles reminded me of tufted upholstery. I noticed a lot of geometric patterns and tried to bring that out in wallpaper, flooring, rug, and cabinetry.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 10:29AM
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Cawaps, I like this last one pretty well, the hood is really cool. I feel like I would need to cut your palette with some white though, in some major element.

Prickly, that would be a really pretty kitchen.

One thing I have noticed again is the colored appliances.

If you look at the origins of HR, and in particular at some of the pictures Florantha posted in the Background thread, one of the big differences I see between old school Hollywood Regency and the revived version a la Kelly Wearstler is the near monochromatic palettes or severely restricted palettes of old school vs. the anything goes revival version.

If you look at Carleton Varney's work (the successor to Dorothy Draper in her firm), he uses a LOT of color and a LOT of pattern and yet he handles it quite differently than the younger designers working in the revival style.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:16AM
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Pal, love the Haines room and like the way it's HR without being iconically so.

Cawaps, what a hood. Interesting how this style often drives us toward teals and blues.

prickly, I think that's a great commercially-viable kitchen, meaning someone who saw Kelly Wearstler on TV and liked her, and had a reasonable kitchen budget could execute it pretty easily.

Why does Kraftmaid come up so much in this thread? Why did they make a choice to do HR designs? Many of the higher-end lines have almost nothing that's appropriate.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:58AM
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pricklypear, you've found a lot of things to match the muse, I think. Am agreeing with marcolo that we're seeing Kraftmaid a lot, probably because the arcs of the Kraftmaid cabs fit in with the stylistic models we've looked at. You've grabbed onto the large intricate lines of the HW pattern obsession. The combo of that glitzy light fixture and those compulsive patterns makes me smile. These were happy rooms, weren't they? Coming from the restrained Scandinavian modern point of view, these are so very different. But there is a connection, the original Regency/Federal/Empire era in which those arcs and restrained glitz had ascendency. I also think that comfort has to be considered. I don't think that discomfort or inconvenience for the sake of style is part of the muse, except for the many decorative extras, which can take up precious utilitarian space.

Pal, although I am a complete rookie on this Hollywood Regency concept, I'm delighted that you started it because I'm learning so much.

One thing that was said on one of the Draper websites I looked at was that houseplants were a part of the look. None of us has included houseplants, although botanical themes in fabrics would also do, yes?

Was my aunt's 1950s-60s white and green ivy motif kitchen under the spell of the Hollywood Regency? The big vining wallpaper? The deep green and light green accents?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 12:29PM
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Pal William Haines: That rug is pretty trippy--in the photo it doesn't look like a textile at all. I like the mix of neutrals with the red. It seems like the overall look would be pretty do-able on a real life budget.

pricklypearcactus blue geometric: I really like this. The similar shapes but different materials on the chairs (is one of them lucite?) is cool. Is the blue/white arabesque pattern a rug? I like it but am getting interference between it and the checkerboard floor in your board, and they aren't even right next to each other.

Regarding Kraftmaid, they do have some glass doors that work for Hollywood Regency. For my part, I tend to use them for basic cabinet styles (Shaker, slab) because their pics are easy to grab and in these mood boards, you can't really distinguish between a high-end slab door and a low-end slab door and a custom slab door. I say it's Kraftmaid to credit the photo, not to say that this kitchen at this budget would have actually used Kraftmaid.

Pal, regarding you comment about substituting white for a major element. I did kind of feel like I was slipping to the dark side a bit (a la the Darth Vader kitchen thread). I think my teal (Audrey) kitchen would have worked with white cabs, or maybe a white floor. I'm working on another kitchen using teal that features white more prominently.

Marcolo, I really like teal and aqua, Hollywood Regency or not, and have a lot in my own house and kitchen. I have noticed that blues generally seem to more common on the DATs than in real life. I think that we are actually on the cusp of a trend and that 5 years from now, we will be seeing a lot more blue kitchens in design mags. And since I have my prognosticator hat on, I also think that appliance manufacturers will start moving away from stainless and start producing a limited selection of colored appliances at lower price points. But maybe I'm just giving all us DAT folks too much credit for being visionaries and anticipating trends.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 12:47PM
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Florantha, thanks for posting the additional pictures on the background thread. Those are great examples.

I like the silver chair you show much better. All of these designers used French chairs. Some of them seemed to use French side chairs with Everything, no matter how modern the rest of the room got.

This room is based upon The Greenbriar drawing room.
Bisazza Springrose Mosaic
Farrow and Ball Off-Black Paint and Closet Stripe paper
White Zeus Extreme Silestone quartz
Kraftmaid slab door cabinets with drawer edge pull (Mockett) and large ring pull (Hardware Hut)

Epoxy floor in Beton Flame (garage floor paint)
Currey and Company Orion chandelier
Dorothy Draper Chair through Kindel
Baker Pedestal table
Velvet cut carpet in Loden

This room's only truly high end element is the Bisazza backsplash, and that it the thing that turns the design on its ear a bit. However, this design could be done very easily as a "Low" in two ways.
Conventionally, substitute the mosaic with large black and white tiles, and use a floral fabric similar to that at the Greenbriar, or,
Unconventionally, use wallpaper or a blown up picture of wallpaper or fabric in a similar floral under glass as a backsplash. The Silestone could easily be substituted with white laminate or solid surface.

I think Dorothy and the others would like the epoxy floor surface, since they liked innovative use of material.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 1:46PM
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cawaps (Palm d'Or): I really like this design. I think the ostentatiousness and color palette really captures the essence of some of the Hollywood Regency rooms I saw. The chair in my design is the Louis Ghost Armchair from Design within Reach. It says "injection-molded polycarbonate". In the Holywood Regency rooms I used for inspiration, I saw a lot of mixing of patterns. The blue and white arabesque is a rug. Maybe the scale is off with the floor?

palimpsest: Love the geometrics in the David Hicks. And I really love the Michael Taylor: the beautiful end grain cabinets, the mirrored finishes, and the blue and black are gorgeous.

marcolo: Love both of them, though I think the light one is my favorite of the two. I'm impressed with the way you combined the bold colors. It really seems to fit in with the bold usage of color in some of the Hollywood Regency rooms in the inspiration. I agree my design is much more of a commercial/simple take.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 3:33PM
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prickly, I did not at all mean "commercial" as a jab--it's a compliment. I'd like to think these DAT threads influence actual choices people make in the real world and your ideas seem very practical to execute. My two designs were not, um, inexpensive.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 3:51PM
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Pricklypear, the scale of the rug pattern and the floor tile certainly is part of the issue; I'm not sure how much of that is the scale of the images rather than the scale of the actual materials. I think that I would not have a problem if the rug had a border rather than running the pattern all the way to the edge. And just to reiterate, I like them both, I'm just having trouble visually processing them together--which could be entirely me.

Pal Dorothy Draper: I think you did a good job on capturing the spirit of the inspiration piece, although it needs some ornate gilt something to get the effect of the mirror and chandy in the pic. It's beautiful without it, and I really like the effect of the B/W stripes.

Regarding budgets, I kind of ignored budgets for mine. I don't think Hollywood Regency lends itself to low budget, although I think we've seen some examples of how it can be, as Marcolo said, "commercially viable," which I took to mean as "in reach of at least the upper middle class." I don't, however, think that it is a look that you can do on a really low budget. Maybe the kitchen itself, but not DR/LR where the use of antiques was such a hallmark of the style. Ostentation with money behind it looks sumptuous, ostentation on a shoestring often just looks tacky. Maybe one of the less ostentatious versions...

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 8:17PM
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The red and green and black kitchen with the strong patterns really fits the definition of this style, I think. Very feminine yet has that "boys like it too" aspect. The idea of a garage-floor paint in a shiny finish fits too. Flowers just have to be roses--hydrangeas or lilies just aren't the same.

Okay, Pal, now you've got me really thinking. Tile, tile, tile. Suddenly a memory comes to me.

There was a rough-surfaced + irratically smooth glazed wacky textured tile in aprox 3-inch squares that I hauled home at one point in my kitchen search. The one I looked at was mixed pinks but there was another in the display, a yellows & mustards stewpot with some erratic reds in it. Salesman said that people either love it or despise it. It would be a visceral companion to the very very busy marble I put at the top line of photos in my multimetal kitchen. Does this sound at all familiar to you?

Marcolo: Budget? we don't need no stinkin' budgets!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 6:57PM
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The Duquette scheme is based upon the Splashing Water Sconce in the lower right hand corner. I am not sure I could use something so--foo.

Copper hood with verdigris finish
Cabbage White paint color
Duquette Coquille Leaf pendant from Remains Lighting
Ann Sacks Trend Aureo gold leaf glass tile
Cambria Doradus quartz (has gold veining)
Kraftmaid cabinets in Cardinal
Viking Range
Room and Board Table (based on Duquette's abalone shell and steel tables)
Louis Philippe chairs from Artistic Frame (he used French chairs with everything)
Cyanic blue Forbo linoleum
"Antelope" wool broadloom (Duquette used doeskin rugs)
Paul Montgomery Studios Fairington pattern hand-painted paper.
Indochine lacquer knobs
Duquette "Splashing Water Sconce" as inspiration.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 8:01PM
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I love everyone's idea. The colors, the textures, the
items in the various boards are amazing. Love them all.

I have been sooooo fearful of posting this. I have been
dreaming, pretending.. Yes secretly hoping someone else
would post these items so I could just say to myself,
"oh someone else did it, just sit back and watch."
I want to participate but I have neve done one of these.
Well, I did this in college while studying Fine Art I had
to take an interior design class but this was sooo many
years ago.
But, I must try. I know it will be okay even if I fail.


Painted cabinets with black granite top
( I know these are not really Hollywood regency but I
am pretending I have to work with my own kitchen and these
cabs are similar to my own)

Indoor 4-light Chrome/ Crystal/ Antique Bronze Shade Chandelier from overstock

Venetian Field Tile in Aqua w/ Shell Scroll Border in winter

Modern Faucets Kitchen Chrome from Nobili

Elizabeth Taylor the quintessential poster girl for Hollywood.

Classic chair in plush fabric to match the cabs

Beveled mirror backsplash diamond mosaic

White greyhound statue
Martha Stewart Dishware

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 9:32PM
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Boxer, thanks for playing...it's time you used your stockpile of inspiration pictures :)

I think it looks good. There really isn't a Hollywood Regency style of kitchen cabinet so much, so yours is an interpretation through color--it all works.The patterned floor says Southern CA, without saying Regency so much, but I would definitely have a tile floor like this if I lived in SoCal. It's a nice mix and works well with the palette.

I really like the large china dogs. My parents have a china Dalmatian I made them buy in the early 70s. ( I also wanted the panther).

The pedestal table is awesome, do you know anything about that?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 10:08PM
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Thanks Palimpest,

I can not imagine what it must be like to do these
for customers. You must really have to put yourself
out on a limb of potential rejection.

Do you mean the image or Pedestal tables in general?

Attached is the link. Hope that helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Chair and Table

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 10:23PM
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White lacquer cabinets with brass campaign hardware,
black and white marble checkerboard floor,
verre églomisé backsplash
white marble countertop (can't think of anything better -- black maybe?)
Dorothy Draper chandelier

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 12:28AM
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Palimpsest Tony Duquette: I really like that rug. The spots on the rug look like the reflections off a disco ball to me, which I'm sure was not the effect the designer was going for but amuses me all the same. I like the hood, but the patina seems too rusic for the rest of the design--I think it would work better with something like the blue powdercoat finish on the hood I used in my Audrey post--similar color but a sleeker look.

Boxer Elizabeth Taylor: Congratulations on your first DAT board! I agree with Pal that there's no such thing as a Hollywood Regency cabinet. The style is so eclectic that almost anything goes, and I love the blue. I thought it was interesting how you took something that (judging by the backsplash in the cabinet pic) was probably in a cottage-style kitchen, and you completely transformed it into Hollywood glamour. I especially love how Liz's shadows pick up the turquoise from the cabinets.

mcmjilly: I love the cabinets with the brass bindings, and how it echos the brass on the range and hood. The backsplash is very cool and I think really fits the style.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 1:58PM
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thanks for this thread.....


    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 4:11PM
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Oh this is killing me that I don't have time to play!!! I do have idea's in my head but no time to look for the stuff. In my head I'm designing a budget-ish Hollywood R look that most could afford.

Pricklypear, I really like what you put together.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 9:44PM
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mcmjilly, where did you find the verre eglomise backsplash?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 10:04PM
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I found it here:

Here is a link that might be useful: backsplash

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 10:20PM
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Wow, what fun kitchens! Boxerpups, welcome! I love your kitchen. The colour is fantastic, as are the other elements. I love love love that round table and with the fab chairs. I couldn't find a reference to who makes that table. Probably costs $20k, so best I don't know.

Mcmjilly, I wasn't sure about the floor until I saw it was marble. Cool back plash.

Pricklypear, I love your cabinets, they are perfect. Love the blue splash too. Do you have two floor tiles there? Or is one a rug? I can't picture
them together.

Cawaps, Hepburn. Great credenza and hood. The kitchen somehow seems more Liz Taylor than Hepburn to me though.

Marcolo, I think your dark kitchen is fabulous. IRL, could you really get away with pairing the tile and paper backsplash as you did?

Florantha, I'm not sold on the cork flooring in this kitchen, but the colours are certainly great together. The cabs are great, as is that fabric, love it. I too prefer your second chair choice.

Cawaps, ibex. What can I say? I've always loved ibex and you've given them quite the space. Wow. I think I like the dining area better than the kitchen. Maybe too much black for me in the board? Might be fine IRL though.

Pal, all your kitchens are cohesive, lovely and interesting. I don't know a single thing about any of the designers you reference, but I'm trying to pick a favourite, which one I might choose if presented with these options. Hicks, too vanilla. Taylor, love, especially the backsplash and chairs. Haines, love too. Draper, um, no. The mosaic turned me off and the rest doesn't excite me too much. Duquette, very cool. Comes down to Taylor and Haines for me. The colour in Haines is turning my head, but I think I might prefer the individual elements in Taylor. But I think I have to go with Haines. Thanks for all these great boards, so fun and interesting to go through.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 10:33PM
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Cawaps, I think you're right on about blue kitchens and coloured appliances. I have no doubt that we are ahead of the curve! ;)

Mcmjilly, I like that backsplash even more now seeing the larger photo. Great choice.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 10:40PM
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I'm getting caught up too, with some comments. I truly have been looking and studying, although I haven't made myself find the time to try a board.

Pal, David Hicks. Very elegant and refined. The chair fits beautifully, but it's an example of the parts of HR that seem a little too "buttoned down" for my inelegant background. I do like the geometric pattern of the wallpaper and backsplash so maybe I'm not completely hopeless. I suspect if this feels too subdued for me it's probably because I lack the understanding/appreciation of some of the "old school" HR design elements.

Pal, Michael Taylor. I like the texture provided by the large scale spotting on the antique mirror backsplash, combined with the cabinets and round black pulls. I'd never have found these materials and textures in a million years (lacquered goatskin?) but I think I'd like this room a lot, and I'd choose this over the David Hicks kitchen.

Pal, William Haines. It's so interesting to me that HR also encompasses the more simple and angular lines of many of these elements. The Kyle Bunting rug would be like rich jewelry on that floor. (I'm still trying to grasp the price of those leather pulls.) This does seem restrained, as you said, but the lovely rich colors would have me choose this one over the David Hicks kitchen.

Pal, Dorothy Draper. My own reaction to this room has been interesting. I looked up the Bisazza tile to check the scale, and boy, those are gargantuan roses. I can appreciate how it works in this room, in this style, but my first thought was, maybe Dorothy and I are not kindred spirits. But when I visualized the more conventional substitutions you provided, to eliminate the high cost of the Springrose mosaic, I realized I didn't find the remaining elements to be nearly as interesting, without that exact same backsplash. So, I've come full circle, and it has grown on me as I consider it. I find the combination of the very expensive backsplash with the epoxy garage paint very appealing. Now I want to go read more about Dorothy Draper.

Pal, Tony Duquette. Since you're moving from most restrained to least restrained, I may have reached the limit of my (newbie) comfort as we enter Tony's zone. But I liked this room better after I visualized it with the much larger amount of red it would have, in a real kitchen. I thought the verdigris finish on the hood was overly bright, at first, but the turquoise blue in the Duquette inspiration sconce is also very vibrant, so maybe not. I think the antelope broadloom would be beautiful with the gold leaf tiles and the Cambria Doradus quartz (which would be a lot more prominent in a real room, too.)

Cawaps, Palm d'Or. Finally, mystery solved for me (with my limited imagination about such things) about how someone might use one of those cool Ibex tables. I think the gold marble floor, in real room size proportions, would be a nice foil for the very bold and rich colors.

Cawaps, Audrey Hepburn. That amazing range hood is a terrific center piece for this room. I'm not sure about the sparkliness of the recycled glass countertop against what I perceive as sparkly backsplash tile, but I think it's right for HR and just a stretch for my own stodgy comfort level. I love the orange Hepburn print against the teal wallpaper. The ostrich egg lamps are really interesting and visually striking against the deep blue. I think the Smoky Glimmer floor tile works well too.

Florantha, silver gold stainless. I love this color palette. Although your first chair choice is something I'd probably prefer to live with, I agree your second silver chair probably fits the HR style better, and would work well with your table. I had the same question that Cawaps did about the similar pattern/scale of the floor and the countertops, but I also agree it might work fine in a real life setting (could just be one of those board issues that happens with the little swatches we deal with.) Both are beautiful materials. Great range hood and metal detailing on the cabinets. I liked the light fixtures very much, too. Your dark table would be striking on that rug.

I'm glad you pointed out the inclusion of animal prints as a feature of Hollywood Regency. This really is a fun mixture of so many elements; a lot more freeing, in many ways, than I had expected it to be. Your links on the background info thread have been a very fun and educational tour for me, thanks so much for doing the work of finding and posting those.

Marcolo, light version. What a very pretty kitchen. The metal furniture legs on the cabinets are a wonderful tie-in to the range hood and sink. So very cohesive in every detail. This thread (and this kitchen especially) are making me really like gold and brassy tones much more than I thought possible. On a technical note, I have no idea how you made that cool little inset in the tile over the range, nice touch. I like how the gilt curves in the Bisazza backsplash tiles are echoed by the gilt curves in the wheat sheaf table, and by the curves in the cabinet detail.

Marcolo, dark version, dramatic and beautiful. I agree that the contrasting floor is wonderful with the saturated color of the cabinets and Thibault wallpaper. The range hood is a wonderful complement to the tops of the Draper curios and the detail on top of the window over the sink. I had no problem visualizing more delicate brass grilles on the cabinets, and those would be beautiful with the wallpaper. I tried to find a larger picture of the Thibault wallpaper on their website, but I think the birds would be very pleasing with the floral elements in the chairs and Chinese rug. I have a hard time choosing a favorite between your two boards, but this one probably wins, because I love the drama.

Pricklypearcactus, I agree, a very pretty kitchen. I like your choices of strong patterns and think most work together very well. Love the punch of very vibrant icy blue in the glass backsplash tiles. I think the small specks/sparkles in your shiny black counters are a nice complement to the bolder geometric patterns in the room. Being a wee bit uncomfortable with outrageously priced kitchens, I also like that your design might be within the reach of a broader group of folks who like the style. (I'm not sure why I pay any attention to this in a thread where all the rooms are make-believe, force of habit from real life, I guess.)

Boxerpups, I'm so glad to see you jump in to this thread! And I was happy to see your approach about the cabinets, since that's my tendency too, with any of these threads, to see how I might tie it in with my own reality. I think all of your elements work beautifully together. I think the clean lines of the Modern Faucet would be striking against the mirrored backsplash, and I like how you've combined the modern elements of the poster, faucet, and pedestal table with the more traditional elements, especially the tile floor. (If it helps any, my first board was by far the scariest for me, and it wasn't nearly as successful as yours.) I hope you find the time to play again.

Mcmjilly, beautiful backsplash, and thank you for the source information. Architectural Digest has an article about the same artist: Miriam Ellner and her Verre Eglomise Works; what amazing work, and what an astonishing focal point that would be for a Hollywood Regency kitchen! Great find. I also think black countertops would very work well with your scheme.

Thanks to everyone for all the great work in this thread. I've learned so much, as always.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 1:47AM
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There is generally a method behind my madness:)

Dorothy Draper did a lot of large commercial spaces, and even overscaled her designs in these rooms. The "small" version of one of her chandeliers still made today is 24" x 24"--and $7000.000. (And it's only a 2 bulb fixture)

Duquette was a pretty crazy designer, and he wore kimono like jackets and silk skullcaps toward the end of his life. He was a jewelry and set designer as well and many of his lamps looked like gigantic pieces of jewelry. He used lots of weathered statuary and architectural elements and gardeny things, and this is why I picked a weathered range hood.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 8:53AM
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boxerpups: Your design is beautiful. The colors and especially those cabinets are beautiful. What would do on the walls? Paint (what color)? Wallpaper?

mcmjilly: I love the rich gold tones with the crisp black and white. Very well done.

cawaps & sochi: I can certainly see what you mean about the rug. I still like it, but I agree a border would be better, and maybe a different patten entirely. Perhaps a more formal/traditional rug or smaller pattern with a border.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 11:10AM
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Thanks, Pal.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 11:16AM
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Cross posted:

I make weird connections sometimes, but the eglomise backsplash reminds me of a very high end version of this:

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 12:10PM
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That's funny, Pal. I do see the resemblance, more to some of the close-up pics on Mudhouse's link than to mcmjilly's board. My mom still has Textolite counters in her kitchens, in a white/gold/silver pattern not too different than what you posted (Wood White Heyday).

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 12:39PM
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Ha! I actually considered putting glitter-infused laminate in my design. I think the low end eglomise backsplash would be those adhesive mottled gold mirrored squares that were popular in the 1970s. Do you think the gold glittery stuff from then was meant to evoke sense of HR? This was the same era when little girls coveted mass-produced French provencal style canopy beds (with gold accents), and I do think that's a HR influence gone wrong.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 7:58PM
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Check out the link below for a current manufacturer of veined and eglomise glass.

My sisters had that furniture. One had the ivory-gold Louis XV:

The other had the Grey and Blue Louis XVI:

I still like the grey and blue, and I may take it someday if I have room :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Jean de Merry Mirror Finishes

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 8:37PM
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(I confess that I have a piece of 1930s era ivory and gilt Louis XVI style furniture in my house - but no canopies!)

Thanks for the link Palimpsest. It's interesting that when you first posed this challenge, I thought I was incapable of coming up with something interesting since it isn't my favorite style. Now that I've studied up on HR and have looked at a couple thousand images, I find that it is growing on me.

I think these threads are very useful to those of us who are not designers because often what we think we like is really what we are most used to seeing in movies, TV, magazines, etc. Looking through these threads might actually convert someone to a kitchen style other than the "one true kitchen".

    Bookmark   February 24, 2012 at 11:06PM
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Practically every period or style starts out as one thing, evolves, and then gets distilled into a particular look that is kind of a visual shorthand. It can be such a snapshot that you people can say "love it" or "hate it" based upon a few earmarks. But I don't think the best examples of most periods or styles are that simple.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 9:55PM
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Marmoleum scarlet
Glossy white cabinets (photo from lasvegas.backpage.com)
Bisazza coral mosaic
Caesarstone Organic White
Mini Isla Aqua Mini Pendant, LampsPlus
Worlds Away Ava White Buffet from Zinc Door
Swedish Rya rug, 1960s from 1stDibs
1950s Reeded dining table bases with glass top, 1stDibs
Bastide French Country Louis XV Dining Chair, French Oak & Taupe, FrenchDressing.com.au
Japanese blue ground k'oss-u, late 18th/early 19th century, 1stDibs
1980s Red Muano Glass Chandelier, 1stDibs
Pair of mid-century stacked lucite table lamps, 1stDibs
Aqua Interlace Giclee Drum Shade, everylampshade.com
Cubix white wallpaper, GrahamBrown.com

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 11:53PM
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Pal: Can you give me any more info on the large ring pull from Hardware Hut that you posted (the brass one in your Dorthy Draper kitchen)? We are re-doing our master BR and I am learning here that I am using many HR elements, and those ring pulls would be perfect for the furniture we are having built, but I can't find them on the hardware hut website. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 1:36PM
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Oops, that's because they are P. E. Guerin.

Here is a link that might be useful: Modern Pull 71800

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:05PM
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Thanks, pal! I'm not seeing any pricing with a quick search, and I'm guessing it's 'if you have to ask' expensive...

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:33PM
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I think PE Guerin is almost made to order. (and expensive) but it might be worth looking into if you don't need a lot of pulls.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:56PM
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@Mudhouse, you are too kind, Thank you.

@prickleypear, I have no idea. I am thinking something
white with a hint of color that would tie the purple
of Elizatbeth taylor. By the way I love your design.
Feeling the blue and white elegance all the way.

@Sochi, Thank you. Your words are sweet. Whenever I think
of true design I imagine your kitchen. A work of Art.

Thanks for putting this together. I am learning so much.
And the images of your sister's stuff. Very cool indeed.

@Marcolo you said it beautifully.
Cawaps Liberace-esque exuberance. I love Cawaps design!!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 5:57PM
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This is two weeks, so we should probably be looking forward to the introduction of the next topic.

I I like the coral kitchen. The 2-color palette is very good.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 8:02PM
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When we were discussing next topics on the Rustic modern thread, there was a lot of support for Steampunk, but I think we decided to do it after the one we're discussing now, to give people more time to think about it and collect images.

There was some interest in yellow kitchens (which I added to the list), pimping a real MLS listing kitchen, and then a bunch of thing that got one vote each. (If I counted right).

I'm most keen to do either commercial kitchen/restaurant supply or the fashion-inspired one (we've seen a number of individual fashion-inspired kitchens on other threads; I thought they were both interesting and successful: menswear on the pink thread; Ann Boleyn on the Tudor thread; a flapper dress on the 1920s thread).

Here's the list:

Knotty pine
Metal cabinetry
Interesting tile (we can do this one over and over)
Marmoleum graphic series
Back-painted glass
Commercial Kitchens/Restaurant Supply
Avocado or harvest gold appliances

Defining the Home
Spanish Colonial Revival
Prarie School
Pimp this kitchen (choose home/kitchen from real estate listing)
Beach House
Mash-up house (what do you do with a house that is already a mash-up of styles, like a Mission-style Queen Anne)

Theme/Decorating Styles
Starting from clothing fashions as your inspiration pic, design a kitchen that suits the era/mood/style
Yellow kitchen

Budget/Supply restrictions
$10K budget
Ikea kitchen (all Ikea?)
Mail order kitchen
Home Depot kitchen
Architectural salvage/upcycle/recycle

Define the People
Mid-life crisis bachelor (or cougar) pad
Rabid sports fan wants to decorate in team colors

Presentation Strategies that Can Be Combined with Other Choices
This/Not That (Good taste/bad taste, works/doesn't work)
High/Low (same look, different budgets)

What we have done so far:
1) Apple Jasper
2) Colonial Revived
3) 1920's Kitchens and All That Jazz
4) Formica Patterns are Coooool!
5) Neo-Tuscan/TuscAmerican
6) I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen, But...
7) Victorian/Queen Anne
8) Animal 'Prints'
9) Keeping the Golden Oak
10) Tarting Up a Tudor (posted as #9)
11) Pink for the Present Day
12) 1960s tract house
13) French Country
14) Rustic Modern
15) Hollywood Regency

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 10:09PM
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How do people like how this DAT was arranged?

I like that the topic was kept at the top always on the 'conversations' page (given there is no other traffic really) - but I fear that many casual GW visitors might miss the thread given that it isn't on the main kitchen forum. Pros and cons I guess.

My main concern involves the separating of the comments and ideas on the subject design on one thread, and the boards on another. In the end both threads may be less interesting without the addition of the conversation or the boards.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 8:42AM
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While I liked that the thread stayed at the top over here, I would vote for putting it back on the main forum. I think having it over here cuts down on foot traffic, and makes it harder to get new participation.

But I did like having the preview thread, and putting the "about the style" discussion there. It helps with the length of the thread, and should help a bit with the bandwidth issue.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 11:06AM
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I really liked the hiatus between topic selection/background and design posting. Personally, I preferred having the DAT thread in Discussions because I rarely come over to Conversations. Since a thread was created and continually bumped over in Discussions, I wasn't really clear on the purpose of putting the actual DAT designs in Conversations, but maybe someone can explain and convince me otherwise.

There are so many topics that look fun, but here are some of my favorites.
- Steampunk
- Yellow
- Spanish Colonial Revival
- Beach House

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 11:28AM
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I think it may make more sense to put the actual Design thread back in the Discussions. If need be it can be bumped up rather than bumping up a thread to direct people to the Conversations.

That way there will be two threads. The "about" or "background" thread that lays out the parameters, and the project thread itself. There were three active threads for this one project and it would probably be easiest if the about thread was active until the project thread was started and then the project thread took over.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 12:48PM
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I'm okay with that, with a link in the first post of the project thread, back to the "about" thread.

Is anyone else going to vote on next topics?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 7:46PM
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I don't have a particular vote: I had started looking at Steampunk stuff at the same time as Hollywood Regency, although I know that's not next.

Anything is okay with me.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 8:17PM
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I agree with the two-thread approach, both over in Discussions.

I want to write up the Steampunk introduction, and planned to do it next (remember that last discussion?) However, this is turning into a heck of a week and I'd rather we do a different topic for now, launched by whomever.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 8:30PM
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Sorry, Marcolo, I must have misunderstood your post on the Rusic Modern thread when we were discussing next topics. I thought there were going to be two threads (about a month) between Rustic Modern and Steampunk. But it sounds like that is what you're suggesting now, regardless of what you said before, is that right? Something other than Steampunk, then Steampunk?

Yellow had at least a couple votes, and so did a real MLS listing. I'm okay with either. Yellow would probably be less work to introduce.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 9:41PM
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I think MLS may take a lot of work because we will have to introduce several and pick one for the project.

Yellow kitchens as a topic does not really need much introduction. The kitchen design should be predominately yellow, I suppose, with interpretation and application open ended.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 10:34PM
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Yep, cawaps, it all comes out in the wash. Yellow next? I agree it doesn't need introduction, but it is nice to show a few inspiration pics anyway if someone has time.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 11:32PM
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If nobody has any other votes, I can try to find a few examples and post an Announcing/About yellow kitchens thread by this evening.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 11:35AM
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That sounds great to me, cawaps. You might show a mix of different kinds of yellow kitchens--mod, farmhouse or whatever. See how I like to volunteer you to do work? LOL.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 2:24PM
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I think I am going to find this one kinda tough.

I like the color yellow in nature, but I find it hard to work with as the primary color in the palette. It's tough to light artificially, for one. I do like some yellow shades a lot but some I dislike intensely.

I think this might be one of my bad synesthesia shades. I can't stand to look at it in certain combinations of other colors, and it is one of my migraine colors.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 3:33PM
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Remember that by the rules of these, you'd need to use yellow on at least one major element but it doesn't necessarily have to be the dominant color (like my purple kitchen on the pink thread). And it can be anywhere from saffron to mustard to butter. Hopefully there's some yellow real estate you can work with. That won't help you with other people's boards, though...I'll try to avoid day-glo yellow with kelly green this time.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 8:41PM
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I'll be fine :)

It's not the intensity, usually, it's combinations, and some of these include very pale yellows. It's hard to explain, and there are a couple of currently popular schemes I find very unpleasant. I am sure they are fine, but they disturb me in some weird taste-smell way. Sorta.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 9:32PM
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