We’re celebrating the Oscars early with a special Old Hollywood event. It’s the first event in a new series called Design Perspective. Find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, classic fabrics, mirrored furniture, pop art, and a touch of the wild side.
This Design Perspective features House of Honey, the L.A.-based home decor shop and design studio. We had the chance to talk to owner and curator Tamara Kaye-Honey about the history and allure of Old Hollywood style:
I think a mix of old and new gives an interior a soul and a true sense of place. The opulence of Old Hollywood mixed with a bit of unexpected creates a fresh yet timeless space. The spaces I design are very much influenced by Hollywood Regency and living in Los Angeles I am constantly inspired by this playful force. I call my style The New Vintage. By mixing old and new with whimsical and unusual pieces, patterns, shapes and colors, I provide a playful and bold approach to design. I often say because of my fascination with the past, I offer clients access to an unexpected and highly individualized style.
I do think the bold and dramatic interiors from the Hollywood greats like Billy Haines, Dorothy Draper and my hero David Hicks have been reinterpreted to suit modern times. Hollywood Regency style began in the golden age of Hollywood when over-the-top movie sets and over-scaled and brightly colored spaces became all the rage. I try to incorporate that theatrical and unique style in my interiors by remaining [true to] the past and adding a hint of unexpected and a touch of humor.
Hollywood Regency is meant to be an eclectic mix of styles, which makes it playful and accessible to most people. It’s about reinventing and rethinking tradition with a twist!
Take an old chest of drawers and paint it a punchy color in a glossy finish, raid your grandmother’s cupboards for some shiny brass finds, add an unexpected touch like an oversized chair with a faux fur seat and viola!
The three-martini lunch may not be the norm anymore but who says we can’t have a bit of theatrics? Add a bar cart to your dining room or a bold statement glittery chandelier; we could all use a bit more humor and drama in our life!
- Tamara Kaye-Honey