Young Design

This is a feature from House Beautiful 2003 (this issue is far before House Beautiful started to follow Domino and incorporate younger design into their magazine) and although the photos employ dated proportions and styling – the advice is very much what young trends are now. I think the true freedom of being young is not having that much furniture or even a budget – so the choices can be less formal or permanent. But I wonder how much of my current design obsessions will seem out-dated in a couple of years. I think that is why I prefer to buy vintage/antiques, somehow I hope that because they are from an earlier style period they will end up being more versatile than new current-styled furniture. – although, truthfully – I own four vintage Saarinen tulip table knockoffs and I wonder what I will think of them in a decade?

Here are some of the recommendations from House Beautiful
-use white accents
-incorporate stripes for graphic punch
-juxtapose antiques with new furniture
-oversize hanging lamps
-mix high and low
-modern accents
-bright upholstered headboards
-edit ruthlessly
-play with geometry
-eliminate fussy treatments
-combine textures shiny and matte – rough and smooth
-Modern Art

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Young Design”

  1. I definitely agree. I'm 27, and my furniture is a constant in and out. I have lots of $5 garage sale items I have painted to make them work for now – all with intentions of moving them out in the near future. It has allowed me though to have a fully furnished home with things I like – all on a budget. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Hi M! What do I think? I think you are a smart cookie to buy vintage and antique. I look at so many 20/early 30 something blogs and think how their WHOLE house is going to be so out of date in a couple of years. That's not very "green" and it's going to be really expensive. I love a piece of painted furniture myself, but a whole room full?? Some people think when you say "antique" it is either very expensive and/or precious… and it doesn't have to be that. There are so many good buys still out there, but one must educate themselves on what is 'good' and what will hold it's value over time.
    Bravo to you for being so young and realizing that time (and your tastes) change over time and to keep that in mind!!
    Hope you are well,

  3. i think these tips are pretty spot on and definitely see the same tips being used today – 6 years after the article – so they were right! i think.

    i'm in my 20s and decorating my first small apartment (rental). i have tons of inexpensive and sale finds and try to make them work together. i also have scored some pretty great items at the local thrift store recently. i love everything i've bought and can see myself using them in my next space – i don't consider them 'temporary' pieces.

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