THE ANGLOPHILE’S GUIDE TO DECORATING

posted by on 2012.10.24, under Get the Look
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The Brits haven’t only invaded the screens, stages, stereos, and styles over the years – they’ve invaded the interiors of some of our most fashionable homes. Last fall, studying in London, I couldn’t get enough of the culture, people, food, art, and superb style. If I am sure of one thing, it is that anyone who has ever had the pleasure of visiting Great Britain would love to take it home with them. With these pieces – some subtle and some screaming with English Pride – any home can get that lovely London flair for a scrumptiously small fee.

Yes, they might be everywhere and perhaps they’re a bit predictable these days, but I cannot help but love these takes on the London Underground “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters. Sleek and simple, they provide the perfect pop of color and humor to any space. Picture this above your bar. Cheers, mate.

Keep Calm And Have A Cocktail Poster, $10

 

Take a gander at these ace throw pillows.

Union Jack bulldog with crown jewels, $49.79

 

Postage Stamp 18″ pillow cover, $20

 

This armchair is brill. At first glance, it is simply a fabulously posh chair. Look closer and you may recognize that it’s upholstered with the fabric that adorns the benches of the underground tube. Best of Britain to you!

London Transport Train Fabric Styled Italian Armchair

 

We cannot mention Britain without mentioning our four favorite guys. Use this mod recycled White Album wall clock to help you chivvy along and get to work!

BEATLES The White Album Recycled Record Clock, $26

BEATLES The White Album Recycled Record Clock, $26

 

Perhaps you’re a bit barmy, like me, and love the rainy weather in the UK. Snag these cute raindrop wall hooks to hang your jumpers, macs, and umbrellas.

Large Dropit Hooks, $40

 

This clever London Underground poster would be a smashing addition to any home library or kid’s room.

Tate Gallery Poster London Underground 11×17, $12.95

 

Blimey! These stunning area rugs will have Britain at your feet.

Jonathan Adler 2×3 Union Jack Rug, $165

5×8 Plymouth English Queen Multi Rug, $209

 

Fancy a spot of tea? Top of your hip English home with a kitschy royal family tea set.

Princess Diana Prince Charles tea cup and saucer set,

 

So, snatch up these frugal-friendly finds and Bob’s your uncle, you have the most cracking place in your apartment complex!

GET THE LOOK: HOLLYWOOD REGENCY

posted by on 2012.09.27, under Get the Look
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Hollywood |ˈhälēˌwoŏd|

1. a district in Los Angeles, the principal center of the U.S. movie industry. 2. the U.S. movie industry and the lifestyles of the people associated with it : he was never seduced by the glitz and money of Hollywood.

regency |ˈrējənsē|

1. relating to or denoting British architecture, clothing, and furniture of the Regency or, more widely, of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Regency style was contemporary with the Empire style and shares many of its features: elaborate and ornate, it is generally neoclassical, with a generous borrowing of Greek and Egyptian motifs.

Hollywood Regency isn’t just so hot right now, it’s so hot always. This classic style has been around since Hollywoodland’s golden age of cinema and combines a myriad of other design styles (modern, art deco, chinoiserie, etc.) with drama, comfort, sophistication, and, above all, luxury.

 

It’s true that it is difficult to find pieces most coveted by luxury lovers for low prices. But we are frugal materialists, and this means that we’ve found some fab n’ frugal-friendly items that will have you belting Hooray for Hollywood in no time!

Lighting is everything! Invest in a sexy pendant lamp or sophisticated set of candleholders to get that Hollywood glow.

Triple Tiered Pendant Shade, $64.00

Urban Outfitters Triple Tiered Pendant Shade, $64.00

Urban Outfitters Punched Metal Votive, $12.00 each

 

Your backdrop should be just as beautiful as you are, so take the day off and stencil your walls in any shade you like. These patterns are gorgeous!

 Moroccan Stencil

Moroccan Reusable Stencil Pattern from Cutting Edge Stencils, $30-45

 

The only thing pricier than a mirror is a mirror in the style of Hollywood Regency. Imagine my surprise when I came across this charming number from Target at such a great price! Paint it white to up the glam factor.

Lattice Mirror, $16.99

Lattice Mirror, $16.99

 

A round of applause for these Oscar gold-worthy throw pillows, please.

Pearl 12x12 Pillow, Ivory

Pearl Pillow from One King’s Lane, $29 on sale

 Designer Decorative Greek Key Pillow

Greek Key Pillow from WillaSkyeHome on Etsy, $26

 Target home home décor decorative pillows & throws Home Fur Toss Pillow

Target Fur Toss Pillow, $19.99

 

I love a director’s chair as an accent chair in all kinds of homes, but when better to use one than now? Unfold, throw on a pillow (pictured above), and you’re set.

Director's Chair 18", Black Wood Base with Multiple Seat Color Choices

Director’s Chair, $39

 

A beautiful, refurbished vintage cabinet is the perfect place to display your many awards. The handles will match the statues brilliantly.

 Vintage Refurbished Hollywood Regency Hand Painted Cabinet Storage


Vintage Refurbished Hollywood Regency Hand Painted Cabinet, $175

 

Set a coupe of champagne down next to you while you curl up on the couch. Ah, the lifestyles of the frugal and famous.

Bottom Distress Look Ceramic Garden Stool

Ceramic Garden Stool, $105

Ikea TROLLSTA Tray table, $99.99

Ikea TROLLSTA Tray table, $99.99

We’ve featured the seating, the walls, the lights, the mirrors, but now it’s time for the next character’s dramatic entrance…RUG enters. She is sexy, proud, subtle but bold.

 KOLDBY Cowhide, black/white $199.00

KOLDBY Cowhide, $199

 

So there you have it. A highly glamorous style for a fraction of what the stars, producers, and executives pay!

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