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

Pardon the Mess

Pardon the Mess

You’ve got to have a sense of humor. I had put off playing the Tag game because I didn’t want to bore everyone who came looking for some inspiration, but I thought I’d be a good sport. I thought to myself, I could quickly follow up with a post of lovely photos so maybe no one would read my previous post. Yeah, the distraction method!

Well, LIFE HAPPENS. At least to me! And before I could get back to post something else more beautiful, I had some new friends stop by! Ah, hello, INTERIOR DESIGNER friends! Well-known ones. YES, I am not kidding! Is my face red? I can’t even remember how they got here, I hadn’t solicited their visit, but somehow they found me. On the day I went on and on about driving a mini-van and not caring about what I wear! THEY KNOW I DON’T GET MANICURES!

I didn’t even mention in my post my love of design, creating a beautiful home, decorating with stacks of books or my love affair with lamps! Not one word about it! When I mentioned my favorite website, I talked about a bookstore, not a design center! If they did look around…OH NO! I have an article about being a p.f. (if you don’t know what that stands for you’ll have to look back a few posts…) and blurry pictures of my dog.

But you know what?! They were nice to me. Really kind in fact! See, I told you most interior designers were nice! Just “that one” wasn’t, and she is an exception. They could’ve seen my list of fascinating facts and clicked away from my site in horror, but they didn’t. And, it is OK that they came by on a day I wasn’t prepared for their visit. It is so typical of my life. The day I leave my dirty clothes strewn about on the floor in the bathroom and globs of hair and toothpaste in the sink is usually the day the neighbor rings the doorbell. She sees me in the window and it is too late to hide behind the door. Yep, she is locked out and needs to use the restroom.

Gracious homeowners welcome people EVEN when they are mortified by their lack of preparedness for the guest. For me, I just like to create a welcoming and warm environment when I have people over. You know, have some candles lit and coffee brewing. I know they don’t want to see my personal garments tossed over the bathtub any more than I want it to be there. But, real life happens when you are being a well-balanced person and sometimes you had other things to do that day! Like playing TAG!

I am so glad designers and everyone else came by. I am just singling out designers because of how funny it was to me that they came by on my TAG day, but they are real people too and I bet they even play tag sometimes (maybe not on their blog, but I haven’t looked to see, you never know!). I hope they don’t mind me singling them out, I don’t want to embarrass them (or more likely myself ), but I am sure they will be good sports about it. I had several other new and wonderful friends comment or email such encouraging words and kind thoughts in the past week or so. Thank you to EVERYONE who comes by and I hope you ALL feel welcome. I won’t single any one else out, I promise.

I have another story about being caught in a similarly embarrassing situation in my house, I will probably share it later in the week. I need to get back to talking about our series! I haven’t forgotten, just got a little sidetracked…