September 23, 2023

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Is There Actually Any Such Factor As Timeless Design?

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I’ve been working within the studio this week, clearing out the room, packing issues up, and on the brink of paint the ceiling, partitions, and ground. It’s a giant job as a result of that room is massive, and it has collected quite a lot of stuff! However yesterday, whereas purging and packing up the room, I got here throughout my stash of design magazines. There have been most likely 300 of them, no less than. They usually dated means again to round 2005.

I didn’t take the time to have a look at them, as a result of I simply needed to get the room cleared out. I made a decision to do away with all of them. I imply, the possibilities of me taking a look at any of these magazines once more was slim to none.

However one caught my eye. I feel it’s a Higher Houses & Gardens particular publication. At first, I assumed it was Elle Decor, however it’s not. And as you’ll be able to see, the duvet actually says “The Most Gorgeous Rooms Ever”. That’s a fairly large declare!

I truly keep in mind shopping for this. I used to be in Barnes & Noble, and I noticed it, flipped by way of it, and was completely captivated by it. I assumed that the declare made on the entrance cowl was 100% correct on the time.

So yesterday, once I got here throughout this once more, I used to be curious. Would these rooms stand as much as that label at present? Are these designs timeless? Or would these rooms look outdated at present? Is there even any such factor as timeless design? Let’s check out a couple of of them, as a result of I’m curious to know what you suppose.

First, let me offer you some background and a few perspective. This particular publication is dated Fall/Winter 2006. So it’s about 16.5 years outdated. That was the yr earlier than I began this weblog. Fb was about 2.5 years outdated. Pinterest wouldn’t come into existence for an additional two years, and we had been nonetheless 4 years away from Instagram. So social media was in its infancy. Myspace was the preferred social media web site. Fb was comparatively new. And the very first iPhone was nonetheless about six months away from being launched to the world.

So in that pre-social media, pre-iPhone world, when most of us had been nonetheless getting all of our design and adorning concepts from magazines and HGTV, right here’s a style of essentially the most gorgeous rooms ever.

I’ve to confess that it begins off sturdy with me. Whereas there are undoubtedly issues that I feel must be modified on this room, I don’t see it and instantly suppose “outdated”.

At the very least for me, I feel the wall shade remains to be very fairly and recent. The principle factor I’d wish to change is the window therapies. See that swag factor (I forgot what these are known as) on the left window beneath? I keep in mind making a kind of for a shopper, and in 2006, my inside adorning enterprise was one yr outdated.

We simply don’t see many (or any) window therapies like these at present. Window therapies at present appear to have been way more simplified with window shades and/or easy curtains and material panels.

This subsequent one is fairly. If I walked into this room at present, I wouldn’t essentially suppose it was outdated. It’s undoubtedly not my private fashion, and the colours appear too heavy and darkish for me, however it doesn’t appear outdated.

It is a wider view of that very same room. What I did discover about so lots of the rooms on this journal is that the rooms appear to fall into two totally different classes for me. First, so lots of them appear darkish and the furnishings appear very heavy and overdone. And second, those that don’t appear overdone appear very plain. You’ll see what I imply later. So these two classes appear to dominate.

However with that stated, there are numerous parts on this room that may look proper at dwelling in 2023 with just some minor updates.

This subsequent one is an ideal instance of what I meant by darkish, heavy and overdone. I keep in mind this period effectively as a result of once more, that is once I had my inside adorning enterprise. And that is when nearly each new shopper I met with had one among two requests, and the preferred request was Texas Tuscan. My goodness, I got here to hate that time period. Texas Tuscan. And whereas this isn’t precisely what Texas Tuscan would seem like, it nonetheless has that very same really feel to it.

In case you’re curious, the second most-requested look again then was Pottery Barn. I child you not. About 90% of my purchasers needed both (1) Texas Tuscan or (2) Pottery Barn. And that’s exactly why the joy about adorning for purchasers wore off fairly shortly, and I solely did that for seven years earlier than dropping out and specializing in my weblog, the place I might escape from Pottery Barn and Texas Tuscan. And that’s most likely why you’ve by no means seen me embellish my home with something from Pottery Barn. 😀

Anyway, transferring on. I keep in mind this kitchen effectively. This factor is etched in my thoughts, however solely as a result of I keep in mind seeing it in one other publication the place that they had edited the colour in order that it look pink. And I used to be mesmerized with that pink kitchen! I liked it a lot. After which once I noticed that it was truly pink, I used to be so disenchanted.

However that was most likely one of many first colourful kitchens that basically caught my eye, and made me notice that I’d by no means be happy with a white kitchen. And I feel with some minor modifications (like taking the wall shade to a pleasant mushy white moderately than taupe), that kitchen can be simply as nice at present because it was in 2006.

Right here’s one other kitchen. I don’t know if this can be a case of this wanting outdated to me, or if it’s simply so reverse of my very own private fashion, however I’d personally must redo every thing on this kitchen.

This little sitting room is fairly, however do individuals nonetheless do these antiqued finishes on wooden work? I don’t actually see that anymore as of late. However do you see what I imply about darkish and heavy and overdone? Heck, even the rooms the place the partitions are a light-weight shade, they nonetheless really feel ark and heavy to me.

I do suppose that this eating room may be very fairly. This specific fashion by no means appealed to me personally, but when I walked into this room at present, I might suppose the room was very effectively carried out. Though if the house owner requested my opinion, I would recommend refinishing no less than one of many darkish items of furnishings (most likely the desk) to make it a extra pure shade to lighten the look a bit.

This lavatory may be very fairly, however once more, even with partitions which might be seemingly gentle, the room feels darkish and heavy.

Let’s simply say that after wanting by way of this journal, I can completely perceive why every thing shifted to paint-it-all-white farmhouse design.

I’ve by no means been a paint-it-all-white farmhouse type of particular person, however I’ll must admit that I feel so many of those rooms might slot in completely in 2023 with a can of white paint. Not that every thing must be white, however some issues might undoubtedly stand to be lightened and brightened a bit.

The heavy curtains, animal prints, all the browns in all places. I actually do really feel like the entire white farmhouse look was a pushback towards this sort of adorning. I hadn’t realized it or understood it till flipping by way of this journal and remembering simply how common these appears had been again then.

The bed room beneath on the precise is an instance of the second class I discussed above — very plain. There’s nothing to this room, and definitely nothing that appears “designed” about it to me. I don’t know that this may make the reduce for many gorgeous room in 2023.

This one was most likely the largest shock to me. Not everybody in 2006 was doing the darkish, heavy, overdone rooms. Kelly Hoppen was one among my favourite designers throughout this time. I keep in mind being amazed at her fashionable minimalist aesthetic. I might sit in Barnes & Noble and have a look at her guide, learning every thing about her rooms and designs. So wanting again at this, I used to be shocked.

If somebody confirmed me that image with out her title connected, and requested me to guess when and what it was from, I might have guessed that it was a Vern Yip Buying and selling Areas room.

After which we’re again to overdone. However once more, I truthfully can’t inform if I might put this in to the “outdated” class, or if I might simply put this into the “that is so not my fashion” class.

However this bed room beneath on the precise appears dated to me. I can’t assist however surprise what it could seem like at present in the event that they eliminated the valance from the home windows and simply had the material panels, after which eliminated the cover from the mattress.

This eating room is certainly a 2006 eating room. I’ll go away it at that.

This little sitting space is likely one of the few footage that I feel appears timeless. I would swap out the lamps, however apart from that, I feel it’s actually fairly.

This bed room is one other one of many rooms that falls into the plain class for me. The room is ok, however I feel it’s means too plain to make the reduce for “most gorgeous room ever” in 2023. I feel we count on an entire lot extra creativity from rooms which might be going to be bestowed with that label as of late.

I lend a hand of this room. The room is ok, however there’s no means it could be thought-about spectacular at present, a lot much less “most gorgeous”.

And once more with this bed room. It’s high quality. If I walked right into a home with this bed room at present, I might suppose it was good. However it’s not a “most gorgeous” room by at present’s requirements.

I feel that because the introduction of running a blog and social media, we’ve simply seen means too many individuals with means an excessive amount of creativity and out-of-the-box considering that we’ve come to count on actually spectacular issues from any room that we’d deem “gorgeous”.

We didn’t have all of that again in 2006, so the bar for “most gorgeous” was comparatively low. Today, we’re blown away by on a regular basis householders DIYing their very own houses and developing with a number of the most inventive concepts ever. The bar has been raised significantly simply because we’ve got a lot simpler entry to concepts.

However I might love to return and see what 200d6 Kristi considered this room beneath. I can’t keep in mind. However 2023 Kristi thinks that this room is greatest left in 2006. 😀

Anyway, this was a enjoyable little stroll down reminiscence lane. I keep in mind poring over this journal a number of instances, learning each little element of each room. I actually was mesmerized with them.

However are any of them really timeless? That’s the query. Might any of those room present up simply as they’re in Instagram at present and be thought-about present?

It looks like each single one among these rooms would want one thing tweaked or redone as a way to be spectacular in 2023. Do you agree? Or do you see some that look really timeless to you? I’ll go away you with a couple of extra with out commentary. You may let me know what you suppose. Is there actually any such factor as timeless design?

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