The 70s: Kelly Wearstler's Next Big Thing

The 70s: Kelly Wearstler's Next Big Thing

Keehnan Konyha
Sep 19, 2008

As the decorating-powers-that-be have gradually declared Hollywood Regency's moment in the spotlight come and gone, Kelly Wearstler, synonymous with the aesthetic, has decided to reinvent herself by moving forward — into the 70s....

Kelly tests the waters in the October issue of Domino, with a spread detailing the "no construction" renovation of her Beverly Hills guest house.

Something about Wearstler's work has always seemed slightly unfinished to us, and indeed, these rooms read as somewhat hastily put-together — highly styled, not yet lived in — perhaps the result of a rushed photo shoot. But we have to concede that we like the direction she's heading in; gone are the fussy, high glam signals of 30s glamour, replaced by heavy flashes of brass, lacquered animal skin and channeled leather. Springer and Rosen-esque pieces anchor these spaces, with backgrounds of Wearstler-designed textiles and wallpapers.

"Edo Linen" in Opal, Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks

Surely this is good news for local stores like Lobel Modern and Mantiques Modern, who specialize in this era.

Fortunately, while designer-name vintage pieces remain prohibitively expensive for most of us, because this seventies redux moment has yet to really take off, second and third generation pieces are still available in abundance at thrift stores, flea markets, and online for savvy deal-hunters — at prices much more realistic on an average income.

Pics: Melanie Acevedo

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