Today’s featured Designer is Layla Altman, ASID, Interior Designer from Posh Living in South Carolina. We asked Layla to share a project experience with us so that you could see how her thought process works. Thanks, Layla for taking the time to share your project experience with us!
How to take an empty drywall shell and turn it into a Glam Regency interior? This was the design challenge! My starting point was researching the original design decade of Hollywood Regency, which started in the 1930’s in Hollywood, California. Hollywood stars lounged on clean-lined furniture and accessorized with ornate decorative art pieces to create that regency flair. Chinoiserie detailing on furniture, vases and even art imagery was an important component to this look. Still today the William Haines Company continues the Regency Style in his interiors as well as his original furniture and vintage pieces.
How to tackle the drywall box? I started with adding wainscoting around the entire room and decorative molding above it to create spaces for art. We also used dramatic paint finishes, like Devine Color’s Piping, to the pocket door and fireplace woodwork. This breaks up the monotony of the room. Since the originally selected velvet damask wallpaper didn’t make the budget cut, the client opted for a brushed metallic glaze over the fireplace wall for the backdrop of the white mirrors. Final touches include custom throw pillows in vintage orange fabric and aqua dupioni silk round pillows. We also couldn’t resist a handsome hot pink and brown flocked velvet fabric for the custom ottoman. The garden stool adds a current touch of the orient to the room. Now all that is missing is a little Frank Sinatra in the background!