Suggested Recipe for a Timeless Room
Design above, Emma Jane Pilkington, as seen in House & Garden, January 2005; photo by Oberto Gili.
Ruthie Sommers' dressing room photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo for In Style Home spring 2007.
Design by Sister Parish and Albert Hadley.
Design by Miles Redd, as seen in Elle Decor, November 2006; photograph by Simon Upton.
Design by Miles Redd, as seen in Elle Decor, February/March 2001.
Spitzmiller apartment as seen in Elle Decor.
Kelly Wearstler's former living room, as seen in Modern Glamour.
Schuyler Samperton's living room, as seen in Elle Decor November 2003; photo by Grey Crawford.
Windsor Smith's home photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Domino, August 2007.
Mary McDonald's study as seen in Domino, February 2005; photo by Melanie Acevedo.
Anne Coyle's design for a trad Chicago family home; photo by Bob Hiemstra for O at Home, spring 2005.
"Something vintage, something with an animal print, an Asian-style piece, and something black..." These were common denominators observed last year by Kelly Robson, director of Burnham Design's online service, Instant Space, when we chatted about decorating. She didn't list these elements as a rigid formula, but simply noted a phenomenon. "I think that including such classic design motifs in modern ways can keep your room fresh without ever looking dated," she said.
The other day I simply browsed my iPhone photo library looking for timeless interiors -- with all four traits -- done by other decorators. With barely any effort, I found room after room. Clearly if I'd delved into books, I would have been swimming in examples.