We here at Material Girls LOVE LOVE LOVE the Hollywood Regency style (also known as Hollywood Modern and Hollywood Retro). This look was made popular by Kelly Wearstler, a Los Angeles Interior Designer whose style has been described as “formal but liveable” and “luxurious but attainable”. Her style mimics and reinvents the designs of Dorothy Draper, an Interior Designer during the 1920’s whose glitzy neo-baroque hotel and restaurant interiors became known as “baroque fantasy”- her signature style.

These two books encompass the Hollywood Regency style and are fabulous design books every design enthusiast should own-Sold at Amazon

Design by Barclay Butera

Design by William Haines

Trina Turk- Designed by Kelly Wearstler

Another famous Kelly Wearstler design

Dorothy Draper’s Design- Hampshire House

A few characteristics of the Hollywood Regency Style:

-Style lends itself to mixing and matching different looks and design elements

-Luxurious materials

-Oversized furniture

-Sparkling chandeliers

-Bold graphics

-Asian accessories

-Tons of mirror

-Lots of lacquer

Four words that describe it: glamorous, elegant, modern, and creative!

In all, it is a modern look partial to decorative details over severe minimalism. My favorite description of this style is that it “embodies a spirit of living rather than the return to a specific type of design or a specific point in time. She’s a way of life where people are truly living in the moment, and not distracted with text-messaging during dinner, or living a life where quality time together equates to quiet time in front of a television during premiere week.”

I love the mod graphic fabric on this lucite Mambo Bench from 655 Home

This gold geometric screen from Inside Avenue is exquisite and would look great as a room divider or as a decorative piece against a wall.

This silver mirror is another one of my favorite pieces from Inside Avenue. They actually have an entire section devoted just to the Hollywood Regency style- be sure to check it out!

This Hollywood Regency armoire from Inside Avenue (we just can’t get enough of them!) would look tres chic in a bedroom or living area.

We are seeing black chandeliers everywhere- this one is actually off of Ebay and starts at only $450

This set of six white lacquered chairs can be found at 1st Dibs (Robert Massello antiques)

This pair of gorgeous cerulean blue ceramic lamps is also at 1st dibs

Love this bedside chest from Inside Avenue

These online stores are your best bets for decorating in this glam style:

Ebay– search “Hollywood Regency”

If any of you have ever decorated in this style, we would love to see photos of your home!

I am always on the lookout for new candles to put around my house. I saw these oh so cute vintage floral pattern votives and candles that have a 40 hour burn time and are priced at only $12.50-$22.50 at Bloomingdale’s. What a great way to start looking forward to Spring! With all this cold dreary weather, we need a visual pick me up!

Modern Baroque

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 24, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Shops and Showrooms


Say goodbye to minimalism this year. Elaborate and luxurious home furnishings and decor are now taking its place! Baroque is definitely back- I am such a girly girl and I have to say I am partial to this design style. Minimalism has never really been a word in my vocabulary. I am the girl who would fill a home with only chaise lounges and dressing tables if that was deemed practical. Brocade Home’s romantic, feminine, deep hued, and ornate furniture fits me to a tee. This look is going to be all the craze this year. Brocade is thought of as “the feminine home for the 21st century”. I couldn’t agree more. Brocade has lovely decor at very reasonable prices.

Just launched in the Fall of ’06, Brocade Home seems to already be spreading like crazy. It was created by Lisa Versacio (Lisa’s the one who started West Elm, part of the William Sonoma empire). They have a semi-annual sale going on right now (savings of up to 40% off!) I especially love their chandeliers, oval chairs, and adorable gifts. I also love how even though all of their decor is very ornate, textured, and patterned, they chose to use very understated colors including silver, peony, pebble, espresso, parisian blue, ink, and ivy in most of their decor- nothing too bright and showy- just plain glamour in its most affordable form.

New Design Site!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 23, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Design Bloggers, Designers

I recently discovered Avaliving.com. It’s a vertical social networking site that launched just over a month ago to help connect professional interior designers, industrial designers, architects, textile/furniture/wallpaper designers, fine artists and anyone with an interest in interior design and it’s components.

Ava is inviting design enthusiasts from all over the world to join in on the conversation, increase your social capital, post links and photos of recent work and inspirations and get in touch with your creative side. The site is free and very easy to use (all you need is a valid email address and a love of design). They are always looking for new content, submissions and ideas! What a fun and easy way to connect with other professionals who share the same passion for design that we do!


Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 20, 2008 | No Comments | Category: Fabric

I seem to always have the hardest time finding good geometric fabrics- I swear they just don’t exist! Every fabric store has tons and tons of traditional fabrics but most don’t cater to my younger clients who seem to most always want a stylish, more modern look. I discovered Lulu DK (who have been around since 1998)- they have a great assortment of geometric fabrics. Regretfully, they do not have a showroom in Dallas- we are crossing our fingers that one day they will open one here!

Artist Brooke Hagel

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 15, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Art

As you can see, Material Girls recently got a fabulous new blog header- all thanks to the incredibly talented artist, Brooke Hagel. Brooke was such a joy to work with and we had a great time coming up with ideas for our “Marie Antoinette” inspired illustration. I was so pleased with the outcome and couldn’t wait to tell everyone else about Brooke and show some of the other outstanding illustrations she has done!

But first, a little background on her: She’s been an artist ever since she could pick up a pencil! Brooke graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in fashion design, although her main focus throughout school was wardrobe and costume design. She also attained internships with Cynthia Rowley, Sex and the City, and Saturday Night Live. Since graduating (in June 2003) she has worked as a wardrobe supervisor for off-Broadway, as a Freelance Photo Stylist and Illustrator, and a Product Designer. She currently lives in Manhattan and loves working on her Etsy shop in her spare time! Click on the Etsy link to view and buy some of Brooke’s prints!

You can commission Brooke to draw you in your wedding dress-what a wonderful and unique idea for a wedding portrait or a great gift for a bride!

Some of her other fashion illustrations that we love!

Whether it’s a big event like a wedding, a birthday, anniversary, or simply just a night out on the town, why not get Brooke to commemorate you in that special dress!

Dazzling Decor

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 13, 2008 | 1 Comment | Category: Decorating

I met with a client the other day and mentioned to him that in my opinion, every room should have at least one element of sparkle. It just gives the room a little bit of glitz and glamour. Since metallics are so trendy this year, finding a sparkling piece to put in your home is quite easy. Whether it’s a mirror, lamp, side table, or vase- these pieces of home decor can add shimmer and excitement to any room.

Crate and Barrel Catalogue- I love these mirrors- they look great in a series over a table like this one, sofa, or even a bed. These mirrors give the blank white wall a bit more life and dimension-not to mention, they would be great to use in a small space to give the illusion of a bigger room.

Ad for Grace Home Furnishings-I saw this ad in House Beautiful and had to tear it out. This would be my ideal bedroom if I could choose one. Coupled with deep chocolate brown and icy blue, the two small chests used as nightstands look so chic and glamorous in this room.

Brocade Home Catalogue- Simply hanging a crystal chandelier in your room, will give you that extra bit of shimmer.

West Elm Catalogue- The glass and metal table breaks up all of the wood in the dining chairs. It also adds in sleek, clean lines next to chairs that have a more complex wooden geometric design. I love when opposites are paired together. The two sunburst mirrors on the wall also add in some more shimmer without going overboard.

Elle Decor Magazine – Your sparkle element doesn’t always have to be silver- it can be gold too! Yellow paired with black, grey, and white is very in style right now. Instead of opting for all the shimmer elements to be either gold OR silver- the designer chose to do a little bit of both- gold lamps paired with a small silver piece of art on the table’s shelf.

The Dallas Morning News- Another great way to make your sparkle element really stand out is to paint the background that is sits on. Here they painted the Dining Room walls a bright turquoise and laid the fabulous mosaic mirror against it.

Here are some affordable pieces below with sparkle that can take your space from simple to stunning!

Z Gallerie- Side Table

William Sonoma Home- Shell Stands

West Elm-Vases- On sale too!

Horchow- Sunburst Mirror

Ballard Designs- Table Lamp

Brocade Home- Sconce

Design Within Reach- Bar Stool

Just received the Pottery Barn catalog in the mail and their new Spring line consists of bright, bold colored paint, furnishings, and accessories. This catalog proves that yellow will in fact be everywhere this year. We have never been so happy to receive a Pottery Barn catalog. I love bright colors (my living room is currently pink and green) so when I saw that Pottery Barn had replaced dark fall colors with uplifting and cheery Spring colors, I about jumped for joy.

This wall color came from Pottery Barn’s new paint collection (28 new colors designed just for them by Benjamin Moore) The color shown here is Semolina.

We love this mixing of the traditional with the unexpected. These Queen Anne chairs painted in bright unexpected colors add a bit of whimsy to an otherwise traditional dining set.

This bathroom is incredible- I feel like I am in Hawaii just looking at its walls! What an incredibly soothing color scheme they have developed here.

Such cute tableware- I can see these at a summer outdoor barbeque.

Add a splash of color to your living room or bedroom with one of these fun, colorful lamps.

The floral pillows against the crisp white couch almost gives off the vibe of a vacation home.

What a great way to add a wide spectrum of colors to a neutral Living Room.

Yellow just seems to put me in the best mood. My favorite part about this Dining Room is the way they arrranged the plates on the wall- very unique!

Just thought I would share these pillows with you- they are adorable in person and are on sale for $39! I especially love the green one.

How would you like to wake up to the site of this fabulous Lucy alarm clock- retails at only $32! What a cute gift this would make!

It was love at first sight when I found out about http://www.themacbethcollection.com/

On their website they quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder…we can help with the holder”. I don’t know about you, but organizing is one of my secret passions. Imagine how excited I got when I found out that everything they sell helps make organizing a little bit more attractive and fun!

These decorative and efficient storage options will sure have you wanting to start your Spring cleaning a little bit early this year!

If I had to designate an award for the most charming clock, this one would take the cake! This Tea Time clock designed by Matt Carr is absolutely darling. I can see it in the kitchen of Kate Winslet’s cottage in The Holiday. It’s such a unique and quaint little piece, I couldn’t resist a post on it! The vintage tea cup clock is 30″ in diameter and runs around $300. You can find it on www.umbra.com