Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finding Balance In The Trendy World of Design


I was having lunch with a good friend the other day and the topic of design came up.  She has connections to one of  the top home builders in the country and has great taste!  She said she noticed that the price of antiques seem to be dropping, and if I felt the same trend.  She also wondered if my younger clients were as interested in antiques as we are and as we were back in our younger days!   I had to admit that most of the younger clients these days are internet obsessed and leaning towards trendy decor.  "It does make me worry for the future of good design", she said.  I had to agree!
 As more rooms are being done via the internet and through popular interior stores we are finding that peoples homes are starting to resemble one another's.   What happened to good old design balance?  I find that trendy is fine in small doses or in paint color, but a whole room done in just new furniture just doesn't do it for me. How does one entice the younger generation to want and appreciate antiques again?  Maybe its just a matter of simple balance! Also the yearning to have a space that really reflects your personality and that of your family's. SO, don't be afraid to scour your local antique store or thrift store. Hit some estate sales! If you find something you love don't worry about what your friend may think just buy it! You will be surprised how a few interesting old pieces in a cool new room can give you balance!


BALANCE







Credits: House Beautiful, Blissfully domestic, Dadka,CocoKelley,
and HGTV.

9 comments:

  1. Don't neglect the effects of good photography.

    Some of the best landscapes I've been in will never photograph well. Never.

    How the camera shoots 'art' interior/exterior will rule on the internet.

    When I like something online I know I'm liking the designer, builder, photographer...art thru art thru art .... to get the final result.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  2. I like combination of young and old furniture very much! :) The best for me is antique furniture in "new jacket" (e.g. colored paint or new padding in modern style) :)

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    1. Agreed!!! Thanks for popping by!
      XO Karolyn

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  3. I think you're right. It IS about balance.. just like one's clothes, you can play with a few trendy pieces but the classics are timeless.

    xxleslie

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    1. You said it just right! Great analogy!
      Xo karolyn

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  4. Hi Karolyn, this is a great post! I notice this also. Even in design school, the younger students didn't seem interested in antiques so I'm not surprised we are not seeing them in homes as much. Personally, I love antiques.. especially a mix. French design is my favourite but I love mid-century modern antiques mixed with traditional.
    I love the 2nd, 4th, and 6th photos.
    xoxo, B

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    1. I love French too!! Looks great with modern!
      Best,
      Karolyn

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  5. Great post...I think your right...everything is about right now and instant gratification...sometimes finding a unique piece takes some time...you cant just go on line...but have you noticed that their aren't as many unique shops to go to...

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    1. I agree the cool lite shops are fading even our Hudson store doesn't get a lot of traffic . I miss those quirky unique places to find fun things !
      Best,
      Karolyn

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