So, I was emailing a bloggy friend about decor and asked,
When you see this (photo above) do you think this looks eclectic or unedited? I think there is this whole "anything goes" thing happening now. And I kind of like that it looks a bit "collected" and not matchy-matchy, but do you think it's gone too far? When I see Peter Dunham rooms, there is a coziness that I love, but overall, it just seems like a mess. What do you think?
To which, this friend responded,
"You’ve tapped into something I’m a little embarrassed to admit: I’m not a fan of eclecticism. I can take, and even like, a sleek Barcelona chair next to a rough Moroccan wool rug, say, but then I don’t want to see a Depression-era butter churn and a Philippine rattan ottoman and a ‘60s-mod fabric thrown into the mix. I admire the bravery of it all, but I don’t like it. For me it’s painful.
I guess I like Peter Dunham’s rooms because they are confident, but that’s about it.
I wonder how many rooms we see today are actually the result of the decorator’s try to stave off his own boredom, rather than present something that the client will really relish."
The images above are certainly not worst offenders. There are things I enjoy about both rooms, and that Ruthie room is pretty bullet-proof. But you get the idea. Who thought after the stripped-down aesthetic of the 90s that we would be putting gilded sconces, David Hicks fabric (on a traditional sofa, no less), and ornate mirrors in a white-washed beach house and calling it a day?
So what do you guys think? The whole decade of design seems to be (or have been, since it's almost over) a kind of reaction against the strictness of the Liagre crowd. But have we gone too far?
What are your design predictions for the next decade?