Wednesday, February 1, 2012

art imitating life?

I'm sure by now many of you have opened your new Elle Decor to ooh and ahh over Jackie Astier's NYC apartment. I love it, too.

But it reminds me too much of Ashley Stark's apartment from last month and raises the question for me - is Elle showing us what we like or are we starting to like what Elle is showing us? Some of us have been looking for 70's glam pieces for a couple years now as we can afford to buy them, and I hope this look is a classic, not a trend. I own Murano lamps, fur throws, leather poufs, mirrored Mastercraft furniture, lucite glam pieces, suzani textiles and brass fixtures, so I am not hating on them at all! But the all too familiar-looking rooms pictured here are starting to feel stale, and that scares me - because I love them and it is my style!

What do you think? Do you think we will all be off on another "look" next year? Or is this type of home going to still feel fresh and fun into the next decade?
E



9 comments:

Sarah Roads said...

I hope its here to stay. Some things have stood the test of time at least for the last 50-60 years or so. I think its what we associate with luxury, so i'm hoping it sticks around. I know what you mean though, not everything that fits the profile actually wows. Some times I think one small change in the styling can change the whole perception. Say in the 1st photo, Im turned off by the lampshade and pillows, all styling issues, but thats what ruins it for me. I could handle that rug, sofa, and coffee table forever though!

Lonely Wife Project said...

I never want it to get old. I love it too much!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

I think the question is whether or not you really love them, because as long as your home is filled with what you love, who cares if it's of the moment or not? I think global, gold and pretty are here to stay.

heather (love your space) said...

I remember when I first thought "oh, another suzani, what's next?" even though I LOVE them. And that thought was a couple of years ago. The trends you speak of will fade, though many of the PIECES are classics that simply won't be as popular for a while. Know what I mean?

I have to say, I almost hate it when my favorite things come into style, for fear that I will seem "out of style" when the craze subsides.

But I say keep collecting the things you love.

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

I think design is constantly evolving and although many pieces will be around for a long time it's inevitable that the style will change. It's unfortunate that Elle is showing the same look over and over. Even though I love it too.

Elizabeth said...

I guess my thought pattern is: what could possibly be next? I feel like we have arrived at the best time in design - everyone is so knowledgeable and having so many great conversations because of the internet - there really is a "global" inspiration and look that we were never able to have before. It makes me excited to see what the next "big thing" is...
E

designstiles said...

I just got my Elle Decor now. I haven't had a chance to look through it yet. Good questions. 70s glam was never really my thing, but I do have me some brass and lucite pieces. Mixing pieces should never get old and tired and thus will always looks fresh and new. Let's hope.

Erika [small shop] said...

Well I certainly love these spaces! Very me! I need to get my hands on this issue ASAP.

Erin said...

I think you said it better than me! I really love these pieces, I just think mixing it up feels more fresh... And perhaps more timeless.