Design Inspiration: Clara Bow and the decor of the glam silent film era

I was never much of a silent film fan until recently.  Honestly, I just never really gave them a chance, but now I've changed my tune.  Like any other good movie, regardless of type or era… a silent film can be funny, compelling, tragic, beautiful and glamourous!!!  I have a serious thing for the master of the genre, Buster Keaton, but when it comes to the ladies, Clara Bow is my girl!  She was vivacious, confident and yet another woman who possessed that magical quality – easy elegance!


There is a similarity to many silent film sets… silky textiles, geometric prints, glammy lighting and curvy furniture.  The vibe is fancy meets moody and I love it.  There's not a ton of yesteryear glitz "green" decor out there, but here are some chic pieces that fit the bill.


  The Cameo Lamp by LightenUp Design at Green With Glamour is a lovely nod to the bygone days of silent film.  Pretty and polished, LightenUp Design uses only natural clays and handmade, non-toxic glazes. 3-way socket, shade included.


Nothing makes a bold statement in the bedroom like a striking headboard!   Of organic cotton & a hardwood frame, the York from Pottery Barn will add some serious style to any sleeping quarters!

Ms. Bow in the boudoir.

  A modern take on a Deco look, the Organic Fossil bedding from West Elm has a bit of sheen to the fabric and that luxe look of a Clara Bow bedroom.  

And for a major hit of style in any room the Senna Chair by Ami McKay has the sexy, sultry quality of these beautiful black & white screen gems.  And by using OEKO-tex certified fabrics, organic dyes, non-toxic wood finishes, biodegradable latex rubber, FSC certified hardwood frames, non-toxic adhesives, jute and latex webbing, organic cotton batting… the Senna's about as "eco" as it gets! 
Ooh la la!


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