Editor's Note: While Will Taylor's book "Dream Decor" offers "recipes" for understanding and executing your own personal design style with homes from around world, interior designer Peter Gurski actually designed the home featured here.
Golden hour is a designer's favorite time of day in Southern California.
It's when the setting sun's rays brilliantly bounce off ornate Spanish tiles and gently rocking palms in the small towns hugging the coastline. The sea's azure blue relaxes into an inky midnight navy, while the vast sky grows sleepy with soft apricot and pinks. It is the collection of colors, textures, and patterns that headline the Santa Barbara-inspired Hollywood Chic design style, according to designer and blogger in his new book "."
When "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his lawyer husband, Justin Mikita, moved into their Hollywood Hills home, they knew they wanted maintain its Spanish colonial features, including the intricate tile floors. Taylor helped them to do just that, while threading inspiration from Soho House creative clubs into the design. The fusion resulted in a strikingly elegant space that is glamorous, yet still characteristically California welcoming.
Read on to see Taylor's eight ingredients for designing a home that's equally Hollywood chic.
Ingredient 1: Wood Paneling
The wood panel ceiling of the couple's living room marks the space with a warm, inviting aesthetic. A large horse sculpture made of old car parts gives the arched window commanding grandeur, while the oversized mirror above the fireplace creates a similar dramatic effect. The room is marked with personality-driven vintage pieces, such as trinket boxes, and a central hanging pendant.
Ingredient 2: Marble
"A focus on quietly luxurious materials lends a gently indulgent feel," says Taylor. In the kitchen, crisp white marble runs along the perimeter of the space, which is made light, spacious, and airy by the solid white cabinetry. The far wall is textured with wood-effect wallpaper and industrial metal pendants highlight the generous length of the central wooden table.
Ingredient 3: Studded, Glamorous Wallpaper
Borrowing from the glamour of Hollywood, the formal dining room's midnight-blue wallpaper broods in style. Brass studs adorn the wallpaper covering all four walls. A vintage lamp and mirrored console unit dressed in silverware supplement the lavish style, and the dark hardwood floors and wooden paneled ceilings draw the intimate space inwards.
Ingredient 4: Statement Glass Lighting
Hollywood Chic style embodies dramatic décor, and the ideal place for drama is the formal dining room. "As this is a space used less frequently than say, a bedroom or a living room, you can afford to have fewer parameters around your approach to the décor," says Taylor. In Jesse and Justin's dining space, a statement pendant made of grouped glass bells gives presence and pomp to the below table.
Meanwhile, vintage-style brass wall lights contrast dramatically with the dark navy wallpaper. Long and luxurious window curtains cushion the windows, shouldered by symmetrical mirrored consoles and side lamps.
Ingredient 5: Spanish Tiles
Intricately detailed Spanish tiles are a hallmark of Southern California style. In the home's library, the rich pink-red floor tiling complements a tightly buttoned ochre leather sofa and brass floor lamp, channeling an indulgent Spanish Colonial style.
Ingredient 6: Intense Turquois and Midnight Blue
To maximize their outdoor space, Jesse and Justin took inspiration from the surrounding nature: The azure blue color of the pool's waters and the sunny sky is mirrored in the Spanish pool tiling. Throughout the rest of the outdoor space, window frames and doors are also splashed with azure blue, and succulents dress the area in lush green.
Ingredients 7 & 8: Brass Touches and Club Chairs
In the library room, a pair of brown leather armchairs face a tufted tan leather sofa in the reading area. A brass bar cart lends a touch of luxury, echoing the two reading lamps.
Adapted from "Dream Decor" by Will Taylor.