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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What We Can Learn When Design Stands Still

My friends I have a few areas in my home that I have been making great progress on. Alas, the weather has NOT been cooperating. Overcast days do not make for good photography. Until then I wanted to share with you a sweet home in which the 96 year old owner has not changed the interior d├ęcor since 1965.


When I first saw the entryway of the home I was struck by how fresh it still looked. Seemingly if you switched out the console table for one with simpler lines this could feel like so many of the rooms we see on Pinterest today with their brightly stenciled walls.


In the living room it would seem that the homeowner painted her brick fireplace even before “Fixer Upper” Joanna Gaines was born. The furniture itself reminded me of several rooms that designer Windsor Smith has done in recent years. Ms. Smith often includes a touch of pink in her designs. Also, talk about a “Pop of Color”! Those cobalt blue pillows do the trick. house2

Classic white cabinets always win! I also love the pretty light fixture. It would seem that updating utilitarian lighting with a "bit of bling” is nothing new.


Now both the Fashionista and my purple loving sister in law think that this room is perfect “as is”. I like to imagine that with just three simple changes one could totally refresh the space. Add in white hotel bedding, update the gallery wall and place a pair of aqua lamps on the nightstands and this space would be well on its way to a “bright and fresh” design.


If nothing else I  think what we can take away from this home is this:

Classic design is just that –classic. Trends come and go, so invest in timeless style.

If you buy good quality pieces that you really love, you will only cry once.

This home truly made me stop and reexamine what I was doing in my own home.



lynn cockrell said...

Oh my goodness, Laura, but I absolutely LOVE this house! Those movies from "back in the day" are my true favorites because of the glamorous sets and costuming. I am a hopeless romantic who cannot get enough of the old movies, particularly the ones from the the forties and fifties. The featured home could have belonged to any number of the iconic actors who starred in those films.I am going to send some pins of this place to my baby girl. She is just like her mama and probably would have been perfectly happy to have lived in the era of true Hollywood glitz, glamour and romance. She recently painted her ten year old daughter's room lavender, per her request, and is still working on decorating it. They will both love the purple bedroom. Thanks for passing this awesome find on to your friends!

Linda said...

That is such a wonderful home; I love it just as it is. : )

crisdsanchez said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely home!

Rue said...

Love it! Almost everything has been done before, so there's really no such thing as "modern" and you're right, classic is the way to go :)


Karena Albert said...

Laura what a find! The simple changes you suggested would bring it right up to date! The owner must be an amazing woman!

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Vel Criste said...

Wow! Love this darling home! said...

Fabulous space that honestly is perfect for this day as well. I could totally live and love in this space. Thanks for sharing & the reminder to keep things classic. =)

Terri Steffes said...

Lovely place. Wonderful taste.

Bonnie said...

Delightful post. Great observations to ponder.

Kelley said...

Positively amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes!

Hugs and happy progress,

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That was very interesting. There are a few things I don't like in this home, but the overall atmosphere and most of the decor seem very welcoming, so I guess you're right, great taste is timeless.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Wow, very impressive view of classic design.