Decorating Trend: 1970s California

Grab your surfboard and sunblock... This summer, design rides a retro wave with hip, curvy shapes and a laid-back Californian vibe

When cocktail hour calls, glam up your drinks trolley with a chic decanter, elegantly etched with fine detailing. Just the thing for mixing Mai Tais.

Trafalgar decanter, £525, David Linley. Pineapple, £40, John Lewis. Vase, £19.99, Zara Home. Brewer trolley, £320, Abigail Ahern. Briquette Grey wallpaper, £15 per roll, Graham & Brown. Louis Vuitton Bunny Ears (2010) by Tanya Ling framed print, £400, Fashion Illustration Gallery.


Catch the last rays reflected from Laguna Beach with these curvaceous metal mirrors. Zhuzh up the ocean colour scene with graphic patterns underfoot.

Lamour mirrors, £495 each, Graham and Green. Briquette Grey wallpaper, £15 per roll, Graham & Brown. Giacometti bench, £2,412, Porta Romana. Refraction Light runner, £2,281, Paul Smith for The Rug Company. Rucksack, £275, Toast. LED skipping rope, £75, Tangram at The Conran Shop. Hershey’s chocolate bar, 52p, Waitrose. Quad skates, £59.95 per pair, skatehut.co.uk. Sipper cup, £14, Urban Outfitters.


An iconic piece of Seventies seating, this low-slung sofa invites you to lay back and relax – its swathes of tactile velvet in deepest blue are as tempting as a dip in the Pacific.

Togo three-seater sofa, £2,272, Ligne Roset. Licce rocking chair, £4,500, Jader Almeida for The Conran Shop. Mr. Zheng coffee table, £823, Lema. Gold paper cups, £1 for 10, Tiger. Watermelon, £2.50; and Malibu, £15, Ocado. Mega bottle, £28, House Doctor at Amara. Flokati rug, £450, Habitat. Chicago floor lamp, £189, Made.com with Livingetc. Gibson guitars, from £1,899 each; Sola fuzzbox, £399; and lead, £8.99, all Macari’s. Mirror balls, from £33, DZD. Giacometti bench, £2,412, Porta Romana. Prism tote, £790, Bao Bao Issey Miyake at The Conran Shop. Sun Setting on Palm Springs (2013) by Stephen Abela painted canvas, £475, Artfinder.com. Briquette Grey wallpaper, £15 per roll, Graham & Brown.


Sharpen up the decade’s shag-pile look with on-trend geometrics. A sophisticated combo of brass and marble gives this elegant table its designer edge.

Canaan accent table, £1,650; and Peter rug, £2,785, Jonathan Adler. Tired Man armchair, £2,599, by Lassen at Twentytwentyone. Jacquard leopard-print cushion, £28, Biba at House of Fraser. Missoni S/S 1991 by Gladys Perint Palmer framed print, £400, Fashion Illustration Gallery. Skateboards, from £280, Nudie Boards. Sneakers, £60, Keds. On terrace: faux coconut palm tree, £285, Out There Interiors; faux aloe vera, £79.50; and faux Lotus, £47.50, Abigail Ahern; and faux palm leaves, from £7.95, MiaFleur.


Untreated wood and faux coral and starfish ramp up the beachcomber vibe – throw in some Seventies sculptures of animal forms to re-create a day out in Malibu.

Planks shelving, £2,285, Benchmark. Faux coral, from £65 each; and faux starfish, £16.50 each, all India Jane. Faux sea shell, £25, Rockett St George. LA Jolla Palms by Jenny Kraft framed print, £109.33, King & McGaw. Toucan on stand, £3,500, Sergio Bustmante at Talisman. Zig Zag drum, £50, Next Home. Rambler radio, £120, Roberts Radio. Whippet, £700, Circa. Beach rug, £875 per sq m, Michaela Schleypen for Front. Faux palm, on terrace, £19; and Kalasa plant pot, £8, Ikea. Faux aloe vera, £79.50; and faux Lotus, £47.50, Abigail Ahern.


Embellished with concentric circles, this brass-fronted cabinet is a decadent take on Seventies Scandi looks… Mirror balls and music-inspired art provide a hit of rock ‘n’roll style.

Abbado low cabinet, £5,623 from Julien Chichester. 2Xperience turntable, £1,050, Pro-Ject at Henley Designs. LPs, from a selection, The Conran Shop. Decorative head, £19.95, Dwell. Mirror ball, £60, London Speaker Hire. Chris Maxey’s Legs in Tights framed print, £250, King & McGraw.


Ruched-leather detailing gives this plumped-up chair its air of opulent glamour – match its sleek metal legs with gleaming accessories to conjure up a scheme fit for a Hollywood diva.

Soufflé chair, £10,699, Kelly Wearstler at Harrods. Zebra-print rug, £349.99, Zara Home. Pugil floor lamp, £1,176, Bert Frank. Curtain made in Rivage 37420571 polyester in Lilas, £51 per m, Camengo. Chevron shelving unit, £449, Atkin and Thyme. McGaw. Oscar-style trophies, £10.10 each, onlinetrophies.co.uk. Shoes, from a selection, Toast. Orbital W6905-01 wallpaper, in background, £78 per roll, Osborne & Little. Chris Maxey’s Legs in Tights, 1976 framed print, £250.54, Mirrorpix at King & McGaw.


Forget about the lava lamp – with its off-kilter curves and crescent-shaped band, this light is an icon of the future. Team with an edgy tripod table unafraid to show off its grain.

Crescent table light, £1,185, Lee Broom at Heal’s. End Grain coffee table, £349, West Elm. 1970 eau de parfum, £75, Bella Freud at The Conran Shop. Coconut drink, £5.50, Selfridges Foodhall. Straw, £3 for 30, Talking Tables. Trim phone, £34.95, Wild & Wolf. Chances by Jackie Collins book, £7.99, Simon & Schuster at Waterstones. Sheepskin rug, £1,295, Sweetpea & Willow. Deco Palm 105/8036 wallpaper, £80 per roll, Cole & Son. Love YSL (2013) by David Downton framed print, £350, Fashion Illustration Gallery.


Double the pamper factor by dressing a luxe leather bed in pure, sensual silk. Floral wall art and a fabulously ornate floor lamp keep the Palm Springs spirit alive.

Diamante bed, £2,460, Natuzzi. Rubans Sage silk pillowcases, £62 each; flat sheet, £267; duvet cover, £358; and Windsor silk bedspread in Nude, £599, all Gingerlily. Cushions, from left, Green Feathered, £95, Susi Bellamy Cushions at Amara; Kew, £132, Missoni Home at Harrods; Riad, £40, Habitat; and Mongolian faux fur, £10, George Home at Asda. D8700 hair dryer, £29.99, Remington at Boots. Leopard-print hairbrush, £5.94, hairsupermarket.com. Circlet side tables, £125 for two, Next Home. Art Pottery vases, from £59 each, West Elm. Pineapple eye mask, on vase, £52, Holistic Silk. On terrace: faux coconut palm tree, £285, Out There Interiors; and faux Carolina King banana tree, £550; faux aloe vera, £79.50; and faux Lotus, £47.50, Abigail Ahern. Flower wall art, £13.50 each, very.co.uk. Palm Tree floor lamp, £5,850, Maison Jansen at Circa. Deco Palm 105/8036 wallpaper, £80 per roll, Cole & Son.

Photographer: Paul Raeside

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