Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Laura Moss and Werner Segarra
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From the silver-leaf ceiling to the monochromatic marble bathroom, this master suite revisits the golden age of Hollywood
Glamour and glitz defined the Hollywood Regency period of interior decorating during the golden years of the '30s.
Sparkling chandeliers, lots of chrome, lacquer, mirrored surfaces and faux fur accents are all characteristic of the period, which influenced the interiors of countless homes across the country – from Bel Air to Miami.
It was this look that the owner of this house, Kim O'Brien, could recall from childhood holidays in Bel Air in the '60s, says designer Jamie Herzlinger.
"The Hollywood Regency period subsequently determined this interior, which is in a house that was completely gutted and rebuilt."
However, Herzlinger says she likes to put her own spin on tradition, adding whimsical touches and mixing the formal with the informal.
"The wallcovering in the master bedroom, for example, features a custom damask pattern on a grasscloth wallpaper. The grasscloth tones down the formality of the damask and makes it more approachable."
Tactile fabrics, which also typify the golden age of Hollywood, lift the monochromatic, elephant-grey colour palette. The bed, sofa and chair are upholstered in silk, with a light mauve edging. Other shiny finishes include a silver-leaf vaulted ceiling and glass table.
"In the bathroom, Carrara Bianco marble is accented with black Nero Marquina marble, much as an eyeliner highlights the eyes," says the designer. "But the centrepiece of the room is the freestanding tub in the middle of the room – just as the centrepiece of the bedroom is the freestanding bed. There is no rule that says a tub, or a bed, needs to be placed against a wall."
The bathroom cabinetry, which lines both sides of the large room, has a black lacquered finish, with solid nickel pulls. And, in keeping with Herzlinger's attention to detail, the interiors are lined with walnut. A campaign-style table with nickel legs serves as a make-up area, complete with small basin. Herzlinger says they were also able to track down an original Dorothy Draper chair, which dates back to the Hollywood Regency era.
Other features include a window in the spacious shower room.
"I didn't want to close off this room – it is part of the whole space," says Herzlinger.
First published date: 02 July 2012
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|Interior designer||Jamie Herzlinger ASID, Jamie Herzlinger Interiors (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|Builder||Jamie Herzlinger Construction|
|Cabinetry||High-gloss black lacquer by Herzlinger Construction|
|Bathtub and taps||Kallista|
|Shower fittings||THG from Clyde Hardware|
|Wallcoverings||Glasscloth from Elitis|
|Tiles||Carrara Bianco and Nero Marquina marble in custom pattern|
|Drapes||Bergamo silks and sheers|
|Lighting||Custom by Jamie Herzlinger Interiors; Donghia chandelier|