Inspire & Admire

Over the past few weeks we’ve looked at two very distinct styles of design born out of the same era. We’ve discussed their history, notable aspects and iconic designers. Which one is right for your home?

Although the furniture itself has a fair amount in common with one another, Hollywood Regency’s accessories are always flashy and bold with details that are often inspired by Art Deco, black and white patterns, and jewel tones, whereas Mid-Century Modern seeks minimalism and clean forms resulting from the idea that function should dictate form. Hollywood Regency demands attention with opulence and bold, striking accents, where the function comes secondary to form. By the 1970’s, Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern began to blend well together, particularly in California, creating distinct movements like the Palm Beach style. Mid-Century design began incorporating large patterns into rooms, adding a similar approach to the bold colors and shapes of Hollywood Regency.

How can they work together? The beauty of Hollywood Regency is that it combines characteristics from numerous eras, and is compatible with many different aesthetics. The biggest key to the complex mashup of its components is a sense of balance, symmetry, and order. Modern interpretations of the two styles combine the materials, patterns and colors of Hollywood Regency with the function and clean lines of Mid-Century Modern. Designing a functional space with eye catching accents can create an eclectic, original environment.

Interior Motives carries a variety of iconic pieces from Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century design from notable designers such as Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, Paul Frankl, Dorothy Draper and William Haines, with new items added to our inventory each week. Visit our collections and build your perfect space.

The golden age of Hollywood extended beyond the screen, and into homes across the country. It occurred around the same time many would consider the golden age of interior design. Hollywood Regency often has rich textures, contrasting colors, and luscious curves. It balances lavish fabrics and finishes with traditional architectural elements. The design details are opulent and luxurious, executed with a mix of bold statement pieces and delicate accents.

At the forefront of the movement were visionaries such as Dorothy Draper and William Haines. The two are considered the biggest innovators of the style, bringing extravagantly unbalanced, yet sleek and modern designs, inspired by the Rococo style. This was a stark contrast to the strict, repetitive ornamentation found in styles such as Baroque. William Haines began his professional career as an actor, ultimately blacklisted by Hollywood studios for his sexuality. He subsequently turned to design, flourishing as an interior decorator for Hollywood’s elite, thanks to his friendships with numerous starlets of the time. Haines’ designs blended neoclassical elements from European designs of the mid-19th century, with rich textiles, tufted seating, and dramatic accents. His later work became more streamlined and clean, creating a glamorous variation of the Mid-Century Modern styles that were prevalent at the time. Dorothy Draper coined the name Hollywood Regency, and is often considered the very first professional interior designer. She was known for covering dark period styles of the time with fresh coats of white paint, black lacquer, and loads of oversized botanical prints and stripes. Her bold and often feminine color schemes modernized Baroque and Regency styles, softening and simplifying them to create a unique style that would carry forward for decades.

The style evolved in the late 1960’s and into the seventies, blending some of the attributes of clean lines and minimalist pieces from the more modern schools of design, differentiated by the bold patterns and accents that brought Hollywood Regency into a mod sensibility. The style has persevered, evolving with the times and modern designers throughout the years. Recently, Hollywood Regency vintage furnishings have celebrated a strong resurgence, rivaling the popularity of Mid-Century Modern, Danish, and California Casual.

Is Hollywood Regency the style you’ve been searching for? Check out our inventory of vintage Hollywood Regency furniture. We get new pieces each week, so be sure to check back often. In our next installment, we’ll explore the similarities and differences of Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency, along with how they can work together to create a distinct, personal style for your home.

The design is unmistakable, the era unforgettable. Mid-Century Modern describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century, spanning the early 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s and into the late 1960’s and early 70’s. The style conjures up images of cocktail parties, Frank Sinatra and well dressed advertising executives with questionable morals. Its uncomplicated, clean aesthetic arose from a desire to propel postwar America into the modern era. Mid-Century furniture’s style is unique in that it’s largely driven by innovative mass-produced furniture that strips down the design to create pieces that compliment a room without overpowering it. Bold patterns and organic materials serve as a punctuation for the overall aesthetic, tying together form and function that makes as much use of negative space as the space it fills. Designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Eero Saarinen, Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, Paul Frankl and Isamu Noguchi defined this style with iconic, but accessible pieces. This look features organic, geometric and curvilinear shapes made from a mix of natural and manmade materials.

Mid-Century Modern’s emphasis on pared-down forms, contemporary patterns, natural materials and a seamless flow between indoors and out create a medley of function, comfort and style. In its earliest incarnation, Mid-Century design was about establishing an aesthetic that expressed the indifference of America after the war, as we entered the atomic age of the middle class. Mid-Century Modern grew in America based on earlier styles like Bauhaus, and rose to prominence after the Second World War due in part to an expansion of cities and suburbanization. Technological advances led to production and development of a range of new materials making it possible to explore new textures and effects, colors and even new forms through molded plastics with a faster production rate and lower cost. By the end of the 1970’s and into the early 80’s, interior design styles pressed forward to a new wave, leaving the Mid-Century movement to a niche group of design enthusiasts. By the 1990’s, however, the style celebrated a resurgence, as iconic Mid-Century companies such as Knoll and Herman Miller began to reissue their collections to meet the increasing demand of collectors. With the break out hit of the popular AMC series, Mad Men and the rise of the cocktail culture in the late aughts, Mid-Century has become more popular than ever. The show’s reputation for period accuracy extended to the sets, which were specifically designed to reflect the East Coast interiors of the 1960s. The movement shows no signs of slowing; the Library of Congress organized an expansive exhibition devoted to the work of Charles and Ray Eames in six major cities making Eames a household name around the globe. MoMA also exhibited a selection of more than 100 midcentury objects from its design collection, and Modernism Week is celebrating more than a decade of events centered around Mid-Century architecture and design in the greater Palm Springs area.

Is Mid-Century the right look for your home? Check out our inventory of vintage Mid-Century furniture. We get new pieces each week, so be sure to check back often. In our next installment, we’ll explore Mid-Century’s opulent counterpart of the era, Hollywood Regency, along with the iconic designers that helped elevate the style to remarkable heights.

There are certain schools of design that have earned the moniker of timeless—outliving their eras, their designers and their contemporaries, avoiding anachronism and obscurity. Among the most popular and lasting of many styles of vintage furnishings is Mid-Century Modern. Mid-Century Modern describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century, roughly from 1933 into the 1970’s. A part of the larger modernist movement, Mid-Century Modern design saw a minor resurgence in the nineties, and an even larger revival more recently, thanks in no small part to AMC’s hit television show, Mad Men. The love affair for Mid-Century design reached a fevered pitch as fictional ad-man Don Draper sat in his Eames Lounge chair drinking a proper Old Fashioned, surrounded by the clean lines and organic shapes of notable designers such as Edmond Spence, Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb and Herman Miller.

Another notable school of design from the same era, Hollywood Regency, has also recently celebrated a resurgence in popularity. Hollywood Regency, sometimes called Regency Moderne, is a school of design characterized by a bold use of color and contrast often with metallic and glass accents meant to signify both opulence and comfort. It is named for Hollywood’s Golden Era, from the 1920s through the 1950s, and beyond, typified by the work of designers such as Dorothy Draper, George Vernon Russell, Douglas Honnold, John Woolf, and Billy Haines. Hollywood Regency style furniture tends to have rich textures, contrasting colors, and luscious curves with a mix of bold statement pieces and delicate accents to balance lavish fabrics and finishes with traditional architectural elements.

Which one is right for your home? In the coming weeks, we will explore these two iconic styles, their history, how they differ, and how they complement one another. Be sure to shop our collections to see our Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency offerings, and don’t forget to check back often as we update our inventory weekly.

Versace is celebrating a resurgence, but don’t call it a comeback. Forty years after Gianni Versace founded his fashion and design house, and nearly two decades since his tragic murder, Versace’s iconic name and work are back in the spotlight, thanks in part, to the popularity of the FX limited series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story .


Versace’s original work has recently been displayed in a retrospective in Berlin, curated by Karl von der Ahé and Saskia Lubnow, and the Met debuted Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art, which traces the various representations of the mythical tragic beauty from antiquity to the present day. Curator Kiki Karoglou selected three Versace garments that incorporate the house’s Medusa head logo to represent the more contemporary uses of the image. Donatella Versace, Gianni’s sister and successor, also recently walked the runway with icons of fashion including ’90s supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen at the Versace Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during Milan Fashion Week, which served as a retrospective of Versace’s designs from 1991 to 1995.

The Versace Group was founded in Milan in 1978, and was one of the few independent designers in control of everything about the brand, from design to retail. In 1982, the company expanded into the accessory, jewelry, home furnishing, interior design, and china verticals, translating Versace’s signature bold, colorful prints and experimental approach to fabrics, and textiles into new aspects of design. Versace was known as the Rock n’ Roll designer due in no small part to their many famous clients, including Elton John and Michael Jackson as well as the Princess of Wales and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Upon his death, his sister took over in the role of Creative Director, and has continued to carry the Versace legacy forward.

The Versace Group has recently been involved in a number of luxury resort, hotel and residence tower designs, bringing their signature glamour and luxury to everyday living through the use of textiles, prints and furniture design. Notable projects include the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, The Aykon London One and the Milano Residences, among others. Versace blends neoclassical iconography and motifs with bold colors and prints, and new fabrics and materials to create a modern take on interiors similar to the opulence found in the Hollywood Regency school of design.

While The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story may remind the world of his death, Gianni Versace’s work and legacy continue to celebrate his life and vision. With more than 1500 boutiques operating worldwide, and more interior projects looming, the Versace brand shows no signs of slowing in the years to come.


*** Our designer (David Deatherage) choose the classic Versace Pattern for our photoshoot as it relates so well with the Dorothy Draper Espana Chests. Hello, Versace!