Classic Style — Participation Required

Classic Style -- Participation Required


Now that we all agree (well, everyone who commented yesterday, I am sure there are plenty that disagree!) that timeless beauty (with room for a little trendy flair in a few accessories perhaps) is the way to go for our homes, we need to come up with a list of classics. The things that you can always use in your home design or architecture that will have a timeless appeal.

For each of us, the definition of what is classic or what is a favorite might be a little different, but that is why today, VIEWER PARTICIPATION is required. You view my post, you comment! Got it? Good! If I don’t see 500 comments here, I’m coming after you, no lurkers today. I want everyone’s favorites that have stood the test of time.

I want us all to stretch our appreciation to include a wider range of classic style for the home. And maybe learn about a few classic things we didn’t know about before. It can be things like pedestal sinks, ironstone, hexagon tiles, black & white, slipcovers, white porcelain clawfoot tubs, swing arm lamps, whatever seems timeless to you. You can list one or more things. Don’t be shy, this is not a scientific poll. It is just for fun and no one will judge you for your thoughts. First 10 people to comment get bonus points. Designers, you participate too! Everyone!

Ok, here we go!

P.S. That classic dreamy porch is from cottage living design assistant

Timeless Beauty

Timeless Beauty

I have always been intrigued by the idea of signature jewelry pieces. Something that you treasure and wear most of the time, maybe a watch, a solitaire diamond ring, a tennis bracelet, or diamond studs. Rather than have a million pieces of junk jewelry, I think having a few quality pieces gives you timeless elegance. They will never go out of style. I think houses should have that same timeless beauty.

The reason why I focus more of my decorating advice on things like the senses, life-inspired design, authenticity & ambience, enriching our appreciation for design and beauty, and less on what’s in style or out of style, is I feel that your home is so personal to you no one should tell you whether your stuff is in or out. If you like dark wood, collecting clocks, inherited Staffordshire dogs, shells, love toile, solids or stripes, color or neutrals, adore wallpaper or French chairs, so be it! No one should tell you your collections or style are OVER AND OUT!

Clearly if you followed a new trend and went hog wild with a certain scheme, cheap furnishings or accessories in the “latest” styles, you will find yourself feeling and looking dated real fast. In that case, you might need a style makeover. I understand! It happens! But it is not too late to make some changes. And you don’t have to throw everything out to start over.

From this point on, I highly recommend you stick to classic, well-crafted pieces in styles that have stood the test of time. Shopping at Target is fine for a few insignificant accents to fill in, but if you stick to classic quality pieces for most of your furnishings (secondhand is fine, actually I prefer it!), accumulate well-made treasures over time, and don’t buy too much of the “latest” stuff, your house will have a personality all its own that will endure. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you shop & decorate wisely and selectively.

Fads come and go, some decorators or trend worshipers will tell you things you happen to love are in or out, but the truth is, quality and tasteful standard pieces and style are always in. If you choose well you don’t have to re-do, rip out, tear apart or get rid of dated styles every few years! That I like!

clock: Horchow