Thursday, October 22, 2015

We Never Go Out of Style

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 7 or 8 years, you've probably heard some of Taylor Swift's music. On her 1989 album, she has a song called "Style".

The chorus goes something like this:

You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

Anyway, obviously Taylor is talking about a love interest, but the "never going out of style" 
adage applies to interiors too.
Most of my client's tend to be traditional, but some are partial to certain trends.
While I don't shy away from adding a few things in a room that are inexpensive and may be considered trendy, I certainly don't make the whole room or house a slave to what's currently trendy.

Interiors are costly to decorate and I want the rooms I do for clients to look fresh long after they have been completed.

There are certain things that always look fresh to me.

Take this toile guest room for instance. I completed it about 4 years ago.
 It is still one of my favorite rooms. 

We repeated the same toile fabric all over the room, on the drapery, headboard, and bedding.
I love rooms like this, they are whimsical and have a certain wow factor.

The great thing about this room is that nothing in it is "trendy."
It looked fresh upon its completion, it looks fresh now, and even more so, it would have looked current 100 years ago.

This study I did for a client, employs beautiful wood, fabulous fabrics, vibrant colors and beautiful art.
It speaks to the taste of the client and while being what I consider to be a wow-factor room, it isn't trendy. A room like this will, as Taylor would say, Never go out of style.

This is the kind of "trendy" I'm talking about.
This room was done just a few years ago (not by me), but already looks tired.
Chevron print is on it's way out and the color scheme screams 2008.
The unfortunate thing is that this room probably cost quite a bit of money.
Yet, it probably could already stand to be redone!

The next two rooms are examples of trendy decor that's tasteful.

Although this rug is similar to a chevron pattern, it's actually a flame stitch---made popular by fashion
powerhouse, Missoni, flame stitch is here to stay.

While these fabrics and wallpapers are trendy, they are accents that could be added to a mostly classic room and easily changed later.

This next room is a great example of incorporating more trendy things with classic items.
The chinoiserie wallpaper is not necessarily trendy as it has been around forever, but is very in vogue currently, but mixed with a traditional dining table and chairs and a gorgeous antique chandelier, it WORKS.
Adding a chartreuse leather to the dining chairs is unexpected, adds a fun pop to the room, keeps it from being overly formal and makes the room look fresh.

Our song for the day is obviously Taylor Swift's Style.

Next time you purchase a piece for your home or closet, ask yourself---will this go out of style?

Last night I went to dinner for a close friend's birthday!
A nice treat for the cooking queen!

My outfit today is a Theory blouse, J Crew pants, J Crew Patent Leather flats and an Hermes scarf.

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