Tonight’s post was inspired by some images I’ve found recently that aren’t your typical, “every hair is in place,” styled to the hilt kinds of rooms. These spaces could’ve been decorated yesterday or 80 years ago, or even longer in some cases. It’s impossible to tell and there’s something about that, that I find immensely appealing; truly timeless. Each has its own unique beauty, be it from wealth or a more bohemian background. Nothing is canned, manufactured, commercial or staged. The inherent beauty comes without any apparent effort; It just is. These are undecorated rooms. I think as designers it behooves us to look at these kinds of spaces to see what it is in them (or not in them) that we can bring to our own new designs to make them look as if they genuinely evolved over time. That is not an easy thing to do.
This old wallpaper and the colors are absolutely sublime!
Is this not the most divine kitchen cabinet you have ever seen? I’m pretty sure that it’s genuinely from a decade a while back. It could be replicated today, but it would require a superb craftsman!
love this unique shower stall! Exquisite!
- have either true vintage or antique furnishings or new furnishings that look old
- often have peeling paint and/or plaster walls, even some decay and definitely the patina that only can come with age. (or a very good artisan!)
- feel scrubbed but old
- are not contrived. Pieces don’t necessarily match, but they look good together
- almost always have a lot of old books
- feel aristocratic— like old money
- never look dated and are free from the popular trends of the day
- are sometimes a bit messy
Sometimes a little clutter can be elegant.