posted by on 2012.09.27, under Get the Look

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!



posted by on 2010.11.01, under Shopping Guide

Home Designers John Derian and Jonathan Adler have both recently released accessories through affordable outlets. Jonathan Adler launched a Happy Chic line at Home Shopping Network, and you can find John Derian accessories at Target. Here are my picks.

John Derian® for Target Melamine Flatware Decal Appetizer Plate Set of 8, $15.99

John Derian® for Target Melamine Insect Appetizer Plate Set of 8, $15.99

Happy Chic By Jonathan Adler Set of 2 Pop Canisters - Carbs and Caffeine, $34.95

Happy Chic By Jonathan Adler Set of 3 Striped Bud Vases, $39.95

Happy Chic By Jonathan set of 2 Tea Towels - Orange and Pink, $19.95

Liven up your kitchen cabinets using the tea towels above and one or two of these:

Bamboo Over the Door Towel Bar, $7.99


posted by on 2010.09.22, under Get the Look

If you’re as into Interior Design as I am, you probably already know who Jonathan Adler is. I happen to really appreciate his clean lines and quasi mod gestalt, it’s just his PRICES I can’t deal with. Using his designs as a stylistic springboard, I’ll begin this blog by showing you how to cop his trademark aesthetic without breaking the bank…

Let’s start here in the lounge of the Parker Hotel (Palm Springs, CA) designed by Adler.

hotel lounge

Find funky poufs like these (above) for a fraction of the cost at Urban Outfitters.

Velvet Pouf at Urbz for $79

hotel room

Using the pattern in the rug (Parker hotel room, above) for inspiration, you can Adlerize your bathroom for $5 with this Chainlink Vinyl Shower Curtain from Pottery Barn On Sale Now!


Moroccan dinnerware from CB2 has the Adleresque pattern and color too, on sale from $3.95 – $10.95


Furnish your pad in rich hues and lush seating with piping along the seams, like this hotel chic recliner from Ikea for $299

ikea chair

…and if you’re looking for the real deal, you can also pick up some cool cheap chotchkies designed by Jonathan Adler exclusively for Barnes and Noble…


Pimp the office with this Leather Accessory Case for $17.

thank you notes

Send one of these babies to a prospective employer after your interview, $9.95!

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned for more frugal tips!