I’ve been working within the studio this week, clearing out the room, packing issues up, and on the point of paint the ceiling, partitions, and ground. It’s a giant job as a result of that room is massive, and it has gathered a number of stuff! However yesterday, whereas purging and packing up the room, I got here throughout my stash of design magazines. There have been in all probability 300 of them, no less than. They usually dated approach again to round 2005.
I didn’t take the time to take a look at them, as a result of I simply wished to get the room cleared out. I made a decision to eliminate all of them. I imply, the probabilities of me taking a look at any of these magazines once more was slim to none.
However one caught my eye. I believe it’s a Higher Houses & Gardens particular publication. At first, I believed it was Elle Decor, but it surely’s not. And as you possibly can see, the quilt 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 it, and was completely captivated by it. I believed 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 right this moment? Are these designs timeless? Or would these rooms look outdated right this moment? Is there even any such factor as timeless design? Let’s check out a number of of them, as a result of I’m curious to know what you assume.
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 So it’s about 16.5 years outdated.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 Fb was about 2.5 years outdated.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 have 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 have 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 positively issues that I believe ought to be modified on this room, I don’t see it and instantly assume “outdated”.
At the least for me, I believe the wall shade continues to be very fairly and contemporary. The principle factor I’d wish to change is the window therapies. See that swag factor (I forgot what these are referred to as) on the left window beneath? I keep in mind making a type of for a consumer, and in 2006, my inside adorning enterprise was one yr outdated.
We simply don’t see many (or any) window therapies like these right this moment. Window therapies right this moment 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 right this moment, I wouldn’t essentially assume it was outdated. It’s positively not my private type, and the colours appear too heavy and darkish for me, but it surely doesn’t appear outdated.
This can be a wider view of that very same room. What I did discover about so most of the rooms on this journal is that the rooms appear to fall into two totally different classes for me. First, so a lot 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 mentioned, there are numerous components on this room that might look proper at house in 2023 with only a few minor updates.
This subsequent one is an ideal instance of what I meant by darkish, heavy and overdone. I keep in mind this period nicely as a result of once more, that is once I had my inside adorning enterprise. And that is when nearly each new consumer 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 shoppers wished both (1) Texas Tuscan or (2) Pottery Barn. And that’s exactly why the joy about adorning for shoppers wore off fairly shortly, and I solely did that for seven years earlier than dropping by the wayside and specializing in my weblog, the place I may escape from Pottery Barn and Texas Tuscan. And that’s in all probability why you’ve by no means seen me adorn my home with something from Pottery Barn. 😀
Anyway, transferring on. I keep in mind this kitchen nicely. 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 they’d edited the colour in order that it look pink. And I used to be mesmerized with that pink kitchen! I beloved it a lot. After which once I noticed that it was truly crimson, I used to be so dissatisfied.
However that was in all probability one of many first colourful kitchens that actually caught my eye, and made me notice that I’d by no means be glad with a white kitchen. And I believe with some minor modifications (like taking the wall shade to a pleasant comfortable white quite than taupe), that kitchen could be simply as nice right this moment 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 type, however I’d personally need to 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 lightweight shade, they nonetheless really feel ark and heavy to me.
I do assume that this eating room may be very fairly. This specific type by no means appealed to me personally, but when I walked into this room right this moment, I’d assume the room was very nicely carried out. Though if the house owner requested my opinion, I would recommend refinishing no less than one of many darkish items of furnishings (in all probability 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 can be seemingly mild, the room feels darkish and heavy.
Let’s simply say that after wanting by 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 form of particular person, however I’ll need to admit that I believe so many of those rooms may slot in completely in 2023 with a can of white paint. Not that every thing must be white, however some issues may positively stand to be lightened and brightened a bit.
The heavy curtains, animal prints, all the browns all over the place. I actually do really feel like the entire white farmhouse look was a pushback in opposition to this type of adorning. I hadn’t realized it or understood it till flipping by this journal and remembering simply how standard these appears to be like have 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 positively nothing that appears “designed” about it to me. I don’t know that this is able to make the lower for many gorgeous room in 2023.
This one was in all probability the most important 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 trendy minimalist aesthetic. I’d sit in Barnes & Noble and take a look at her ebook, 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 identify hooked up, and requested me to guess when and what it was from, I’d 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’d put this in to the “outdated” class, or if I’d simply put this into the “that is so not my type” class.
However this bed room beneath on the precise appears dated to me. I can’t assist however marvel what it could seem like right this moment 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 depart it at that.
This little sitting space is likely one of the few footage that I believe appears to be like timeless. I would swap out the lamps, however aside from that, I believe 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 okay, however I believe it’s approach too plain to make the lower for “most gorgeous room ever” in 2023. I believe we anticipate a complete lot extra creativity from rooms which can be going to be bestowed with that label as of late.
I be in agreement of this room. The room is okay, however there’s no approach it could be thought of spectacular right this moment, a lot much less “most gorgeous”.
And once more with this bed room. It’s wonderful. If I walked right into a home with this bed room right this moment, I’d assume it was good. However it’s not a “most gorgeous” room by right this moment’s requirements.
I believe that because the creation of running a blog and social media, we’ve simply seen approach too many individuals with approach an excessive amount of creativity and out-of-the-box considering that we’ve come to anticipate actually spectacular issues from any room that we might deem “gorgeous”.
We didn’t have all of that again in 2006, so the bar for “most gorgeous” was comparatively low. Lately, we’re blown away by on a regular basis owners DIYing their very own houses and developing with a number of the most artistic concepts ever. The bar has been raised significantly simply because we now have a lot simpler entry to concepts.
However I’d 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 finest 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 actually timeless? That’s the query. Might any of those room present up simply as they’re in Instagram right this moment and be thought of present?
It looks as if each single one among these rooms would wish one thing tweaked or redone with the intention to be spectacular in 2023. Do you agree? Or do you see some that look actually timeless to you? I’ll depart you with a number of extra with out commentary. You possibly can let me know what you assume. Is there actually any such factor as timeless design?
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