Eclectic elegance is alive and well done in Brooke and Julian Metcalfe’s Oxfordshire home. Funky disco balls, a model of the Titanic and animal head wall decor juxtaposed with grand millwork and signature Florence Broadhurst wallpaper brilliantly work the room.
Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.
In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend. Think electronic gadgets. About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike. Does this principle apply to decorating? Nah! Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.
The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices. We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal. In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader. “The _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for. Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.
It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a freshening up. That’s the heart and soul of decorating. Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time. A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.
And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…