The Queen of Hollywood Regency 1

Posted on Mon, 12 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

Kelly Wearstler who else! I’ve been seduced by her finely curated take on contemporary luxury. With a nod to the legends of the past William Haines, Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin and Tony Duquette Kelly Wearstler is the West Coast’s “style guru”. She’s everywhere from the leading interior design publications to Top Design. To hell with the hype! I can’t get enough.

All images from KWID.


M. Design

Posted on Wed, 7 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

M. Design offers inspiration on a budget. The look is fun, funky and achievable. Punches of colour, the off beat, more than a dash of retro and just enough west coast glam. Molly Luetkemeyer is the driving force behind this LA design firm. Her rooms have been described as “random acts of retro love”. She interned with Kelly Wearstler and it shows. Check out the inspiration wall in the second photo.


Posted on Tue, 6 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

Red – brave, warm, extrovert, hearty, enveloping, dramatic, evocative of all things oriental and at times a little naughty. Are you up for it?



O Interiors Burnham Design
Dragonette Decorative Arts New York Social Diary
Stylecraft Kelly Wearstler

The following amazing picture from Metropolitan Home was just sent to me by Peggy, who thought it would be a great addition to this post. Thanks Peggy!

David Hicks

Posted on Fri, 2 Feb 2007 by midcenturyjo

More retro inspiration. This time from the legendary David Hicks forerunner of Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler. He was the superstar designer of the 1960s and 1970s – sought after by royalty and the privileged. Though it’s been many years since his last projects were centre stage in the design world, David Hicks’ influence is still felt today. His use of pattern is amazing!

David Hicks fabric from Lee Joffa Carpets fromDavid Hicks by Ashley Hicks

As stunningly refined as his designs, fashion designer Marcel Marongiu’s apartment in Paris is crisp, classic and understated. Paying homage to the past, it is of the moment and unpretentious.