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
-bright upholstered headboards
-play with geometry
-eliminate fussy treatments
-combine textures shiny and matte – rough and smooth
What do you think?