above: living room of designer Antonia Hutt featuring William Haines's Brentwood Chair

Hollywood Regency is known for its glamour, drama and new twist on old classics. The style became popular in the 1930s during the golden age of Hollywood. William Haines designed homes for movie stars that made them larger than life with sleek low-lying furnishings and sumptuously dressed walls and windows, while Dorothy Draper's larger-than-life personality filled great halls and hotels with bright colors and big, bold patterns. Hollywood Regency gradually entered homes across America with the popularity of key elements, like tufted sofas and modern Greek and Egyptian influenced fretwork, patterns and furniture silhouettes. The style has been going strong since the 1930s and has evolved a bit with each decade that it endures.

above: entrance to William Haines Interiors


Known as the father of Hollywood Regency, William Haines was first an actor who was eventually ousted from Hollywood because of his refusal to deny his homosexuality and enter into a sham marriage for the sake of the studios. His friendships with Hollywood starlets launched him to popularity as a decorator for the elite, eventually designing furniture that is still available to the trade today, like the beloved Brentwood chair that was inspired by the tapered, splayed legs of Grecian chairs.

Brentwood-chairs-william-hainesabove: Pull Up chairs, a variation on the Brentwood chair, designed by William Haines

William-haines-time-capsuleabove: William Haines time capsule home as seen at LA Home & Style

Key elements in Haines's Hollywood Regency include neoclassical elements, rebirthed from mid-19th century European designs, as well as rich textiles, sumptuously tufted seating, and dramatic elements like oversized sculptures, bold colorways, or over-the-top feminine touches. His later work became more streamlined and a glamorous variation on mid century modern styles, as seen in the Brody house pictured below.

William-Haines-Brody-House-1950above: Brody house living room designed by William Haines

Annenberg-sunnylands-homeabove: original master bedroom at Sunnylands designed by William Haines

William-haines-interior-modern-productsAdd some Haines Hollywood glamour to your space with these modern pieces:

1. Trellis Pillow
2. Ivory Keystone Pillow
3. Slipper Chair
4. Golden Age Lamp
5. Nesting Tables
6. Dog Statue
7. Brentwood Curved Sofa
8. Gold and Acrylic Bar Cart

Greenbrier-stairsabove: The Greenbrier Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper, photo by Gemma & Andrew Ingalls


Dorothy Draper, the mother of Hollywood Regency style, was a decade-defining decorator of the 1940s who freshened dark and tired period styles 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, Americanized version of traditional period style.

Draper's Regency style was a bit more traditional, though perhaps bolder, than the sleek, glamorous styles of William Haines that became more mod as the decades passed.

Dorothy-draper-interiorsIn Dorothy's day, if you weren't a modernist, a decorator's goal was usually to perfectly copy period styles of bygone eras. Dorothy took a bold twist on traditional decorative elements, playing with contrast and scale. Ram's head pediments were simplified in their form, enlarged, and given a fresh coat of bright white paint. Paneled doors were simplified with simple contrasting squares in black and white color schemes. Stripes, floral chintz and banana leaf prints were exaggerated to add a bold vibe to carpets and wallpaper.

The bold, quasi-traditional style of Dorothy Draper transformed the interior landscape of America, her influence injecting homes and public spaces with a fresh jolt of color. She also helped create the profession of interior designer and had a tremendously successful career in a day when ladies just didn't work outside the home. Draper's work was popular in high society and graced the halls and gathering rooms of the era's popular hotels, clubs, and Manhattan row houses. She also wrote for Good Housekeeping, influencing other decorators and housewives all across the U.S.

Greenbrier-hallways-2above: Greenbrier Hotel by Gemma & Andrew Ingalls / Victoria Magazine / below: Michel Arnaud for The Baltimore Sun

Greenbrier-orange-roomGreenbrier-hallways-1above: the Greenbrier Hotel by Cooper Carras for Matchbook Mag

Dorothy Draper's work can still be seen gloriously displayed at West Virginia's Greenbrier Hotel, as shown in the color images above. If you'd like to add some of her style to your home, check out this Dorothy Draper inspired collection of interior elements below:

Hollywood-regency-dorothy-draper1. Banana Leaf Pillow
2. Baroque Mirror
3. Floral Curtains
4. Brass Table Lamp
5. Slipcover for Ikea Ektorp Sofa
6. Campaign Nightstand
7. Geometric Pillow Cover
8. Tall Lidded Urn
9. Short Lidded Urn
10. Tufted Slipper Chair
11. Copley Chair in Dorothy Draper's Brazilliance
12. Mirrored Brass Tray


Hollywood Regency has become a far reaching style through the decades, donning many faces along the way. In the '70s it blended well with mid century modern styles particularly in California, à la Palm Beach style. Check out Trina Turk's dining room below to see an example of this, as well as the later work of William Haines.

Trina-Turk-1970s-Home-Haines-Chairsabove: home of Trina Turk featuring William Haines chairs above: Ford home designed by Darren Brown in the '70s

Ford-bedroomHomes from the 1970s are known for their heavy doses of pattern—to put it nicely! Pattern on the walls, patterns on the windows and patterns on the furniture. David Hicks was a British designer who masterfully blended the funky pattern-laden '70s style with preppy tailored Hollywood Regency designs.

David-hicks-patternsHicksonian, a fabric design by son Ashley Hicks / Hicks' Grand Wallpaper / La Fiorentina, a fabric design by Ashley Hicks

David-hicks-roomsabove: designs by David Hicks

Check out that carpet in the room above! Pretty bold. Hicks' style is so iconic and really blends well with the aesthetics of stylish cult movies from the '70s, like Harold and Maude and The Shining, movies most certainly influencing modern film makers like Wes Anderson (think The Darjeeling Limited) and David Lynch (Twin Peaks—think The Red Room).

David-hicks-bedroomabove: bedroom design by David Hicks in the '70s


Designers are still infatuated with the drama and glamour of Hollywood Regency style. For modern interpretations, check out the spaces below. Popular modern designers who've put their own spin on classic Hollywood Regency designs include Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Miles Redd, Nate Berkus, and many more.

Jonathan-adler-and-Miles-Reddabove: Jonathan Adler / Miles Redd

Elle-decorabove: Elle Decor above: home of Marjorie Skouras via Apartment Therapy / Lonny

Joe-Nahem-Greenwich-Home-for-Architectural-DigestJoe Nahem design via Architectural Digest

Modern-dorothy-draper-4above: Tobi Fairley / House of Honey / below: Domino

Modern-dorothy-draper-domino-magazineA-beautiful-mess-dorothy-draperabove: Shannon Smith for A Beautiful Mess / below: House Beautiful / House Beautiful

Modern-dorothy-draper-house-beautifulSo much glamour and tons of inspiration! Does this inspire you to add a little glamour to your home? -Mandi

Credits // Author: Mandi Johnson. Images: Noted individually.

Pillow TalkHey, friends! I'm just over here unpacking boxes. (So. Many. Boxes.) Moving has definitely brought out the online shopper in me. There's something about focusing on renovations that makes you really long for fun purchases. And I would most definitely file pillow shopping under fun. :) 

Here's a roundup of some of my favorite pillows from one of my favorite online shops, Lulu & Georgia. They have the best pillow selection I've seen anywhere on the internet. If you follow me on Insta, you know which one of these is my muse for our sunroom decor. Not quite to the fun phase on most rooms yet, so I'm enjoying the dreaming/wishlist/idea collecting phase! 

Anyway...come pillow shop with me. 

1. Sweet Daisy Pillow 2. You & Me

Pillow Talk 3. Lush Leaf Pillow 4. State Pillow 

Pillow Talk  5. Watercolor Pillow 6. Crosses Pillow 

Pillow Talk   7. Trina Turk Novato Needlepoint Pillow 8. Trina Turk Calico Needlepoint Pillow

Pillow Talk    9. Alegria Home Otomi Pillow 10. Melika Pillow 

That was fun! 10 Things I Love Sunday is my zen post. I feel so chill and peaceful after I write one. Haha! Hope you enjoy them too. xx- Elsie 

CurrentCurrentHey, friends! We recently moved into our new home, which is still being renovated. It's kind of like camping really. :) 

We imagined moving into a freshly renovated, clean, bright space. In my imagination, we would be moving in the summertime, totally decorated and settled in by the fall time. Blah, blah, blah.... Everything would be just LOVELY. 

But in reality, our renovation is months behind schedule, it's autumn, and we're moving into a house that's not even close to done (no kitchen, only one source of running water, etc...). YIKES. It's been a challenge. Tears have been shed. Pep talks have been given. And we've resolved to take it one day at a time. 

As we've gone through this ordeal, we've talked to countless friends and family members who have been through the exact same situation. Sadly, it's not that uncommon. So I thought I'd share with you the number one thing I've learned that has helped me deal with it. 

The magic of one nice space!

I can't remember who it was that shared this tip with me, but the first day we moved in (our home was a complete wreck and our moving truck hadn't come yet so we didn't have any furniture), we took the time out to create one space (a bathroom) that was clean, nice and sort of decorated. It's not even a finished room, but just making it FEEL like a normal space was a huge sanity booster. 

Our one semi-decent space. Sigh. Welcome to our our one good space. It's certainly not complete, but it feels like a home and that's all that matters during an intense renovation. 

Since then, I've been working to unpack or settle a TINY space each day. Even if it's just organizing our food or consolidating some boxes, it has helped me SO much because, even though I have zero control over the situation as a whole, I can start and finish little jobs that give me a sense of progress. It honestly feels like magic. 

If you've been though a crazy renovation experience, I want to hear ALL the details, and most of all any methods that helped you cope! The other ABM readers will appreciate your tips as well. #grouphug you guys!!! xx- Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

@_brittbassToday I am continuing my series where I share my favorite Instagram accounts with you by sharing some of my favorite artists who I follow! I love— 

@_BrittBass I can't remember how I first heard of Britt Bass, but now that I follow her, I recognize her work everywhere. It's really fresh and pretty. Her feed is a good mix of finished pieces and works in progress! 

@luliewallace@LulieWallace You guys already know that Lulie Wallace is my favorite painter. We shared a tour of her studio here last spring. Her feed is delightful, you'll love it! 

@ashleygoldberg@AshleyGoldberg I love following Ashley for a million different reasons. Her pattern design is mind blowing, and it's fun to see her launch tons and tons of collaborations each season. I just love everything she does! 

@sallykingbenedict@SallyKingBenedict I am a new follower, and I love Sally's feed. I guess my favorite thing about following painters is that it's fun to see their finished pieces hanging in people's homes! 

@rain_bird@rain_bird Emma and I met Raven Roxanne when we visited Lulie's studio (they work in a group space), and we instantly fell in love with her work. It's even prettier in person. Love! 

I hope you enjoyed this! If you follow any artists who you love, leave their profile for us in the comments! I'd love to hear. xx- Elsie 

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsI've got toys and stuffed animals a-plenty. I've got blankets and pillows galore. You want bouncy balls? I've got twenty! So I figured it's time to make more cute storage solutions for corralling all the loose stuff in our home. These fabric storage bins are the perfect storage solution for soft items that can be stuffed inside, like extra blankets or stuffed animals. And bonus—storage bins have become fashionable home accessories! It's the best thing to happen to interior design in...well, ever, if you ask me!

These reversible fabric totes are the perfect simple sewing project to productively fill an extra couple of hours in your day. It's a great project for a beginner or moderately skilled seamstress, though keep in mind that precise measuring is important for this project.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsSupplies:
-stiff coordinating fabric—I used home decor fabric, but if you want to ensure washability, you could use a bottom-weight apparel fabric. Yardage depends on the size of your bins and also the width of the material you purchase.
-measuring tape
-fabric scissors
-water soluble pen or pencil
-straight pins
-coordinating thread

Supplies Not Shown:
-sewing machine
-iron and ironing board
-round object to trace (I used dishes with a 48" and 37" circumference.)

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep One: Trace the outline of a round object for the bottom of your bins. I wouldn't recommend going bigger than the 48" on your larger bin or else the container will be quite floppy in the end.

Step Two: Cut out the traced circle and measure its circumference. It's important to get a precise measurement here.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Three: Cut out the material for the walls of your bin. The width should be the circumference of your bottom plus 1" for a hem allowance if you plan to make a 1/2" hem. The height of the walls are up to you. The bin is sturdier the more times you fold down the top, so keep that in mind. The material I cut for the walls of my large bin was 49" wide x 28" tall.

Step Four: Fold the material you just cut out (for the walls) in half width-wise. Make a 1/2" hem to close it into a tube. This hem must be precise for connecting the bottom in the next step.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Five: Connect the bottom of the bin to the walls of the bin with straight pins. If you find that the tube you made for the walls of the bin is too wide to properly fit the circle, you will need to remove the pins, adjust the hem on your walls, and do it again. This is why measuring is important—they must perfectly match.

If you're the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-hastily-sewn-pants kind of seamstress, make sure you take care to really do a good job measuring so you won't have to do any adjustments after your first attempt at connecting the bottom to the walls.

Repeat Steps 1-5 for the interior of your bin. It's very helpful to cut the fabric for the exterior and interior at the same time so you know the pieces will be the exact same size.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Six: After you have sewn both the interior and exterior of your bin, flip the exterior piece (mine is the white fabric) right side out and keep the interior fabric (mine is the patterned fabric) inside out. 

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsStep Seven: Place the interior fabric inside of the exterior fabric as shown above. Connect them with straight pins a couple of inches from the edge to make sure they don't shift during the next step.

Step Eight: Flip under the edge of both the interior and exterior fabrics and press with a hot iron. Pin the flipped edge in place, then stitch it together.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsFold down the tops of your bins once or twice to make the shape more rigid and less floppy. The bins will not hold their shape without filling them with things. If you'd like your bins to be more rigid and hold their shape without anything inside, you can easily put double-sided fusible interfacing between the interior and exterior during step 7. Ironing the final bin will cause the fusible webbing to adhere to the fabric and create a stiff shape.

Easy DIY Fabric Storage BinsEasy DIY Fabric Storage BinsI love the bold patterns and crisp white of these bins, and I'm also pretty excited about flipping them inside out to change up the look of my living room from time to time. If you need a little more storage in your home, why not make this your weekend project? Go ahead and see how many wonders one cavern can hold. -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.


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