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Ask Casa: How Can I Create an Old Hollywood Starlet Pad?

Twitter user DefDulce asked me a question which, judging from current trends, I think is on a lot of young decorators' minds: "How can you turn an ordinary apartment into an old Hollywood starlet pad?"

Without seeing her apartment, I can't offer specific, tailored changes or updates. So I thought I'd respond by offering a few key elements essential to any old Hollywood home. Choosing just a few of them will give your home that overtone of glitz and glamour so evocative of Old Hollywood style.

  • Lacquer your furniture! And if you can't afford to, high gloss paint will do.
  • Choose rich materials like silk and velvet for drapery and tablecloths.
  • Bring in luxe details: crystals on chandeliers, fringe on lampshades, gilt accessories.

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  • Add glossy Chinoiserie-style/bamboo pieces — chandeliers, tables, chairs.
  • Buy mirrored, Lucite/acrylic, and tufted furniture.
  • Have no shortage of ornate mirrors on your walls.
  • Arrange your seating for conversation. Old Hollywood was all about entertaining!
  • Bring in latticework anywhere, be it on textiles, wall art, or a wood floor screen.
  • If you can invest in furniture, buy something by William Haines or Dorothy Draper.
  • Create a palette that's based in champagne, soft peach, rich browns, and metallics.

Source: Flickr User CocoKelley

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