I was so drawn to this recent home tour of designer Chloe Warner. The bold color, traditional touches, mix of pattern. . . Everything I love. But, it was one of her quotes included in the article that really made me stop and think:
In a world of room refreshes, makeovers and updates, this was a really fresh perspective on decorating. And, one with which I can totally get on board. I’ve noticed that this is the first move for us where I’ve actually been excited to use much of what we have. I’ve now accumulated pieces that I love as much in this house as I did in our last. I’m sure Chloe moves things around and adds new touches from time to time (she is a designer, after all), but I love her philosophy of doing it once and doing it well.
So, what pieces do you invest in, if you plan on doing long-term decorating? I still say stick with the classics on the bigger ticket items and experiment with color on window treatments, pillows, smaller upholstery—and especially on walls. (That rich green she used is intense but feels so timeless.) I pulled a few pieces from OKL to show you what I would consider “classic” (aka pieces I’m 99.9% sure I wouldn’t tire of in the next 20 years). If you’re trying to decide what timeless means for you, I would weigh my budget against quality and versatility. (The more ways and places they can be used around the house, the more bang for your buck!)
Roll-arm sofa: Sofas are definitely investment pieces. It’s hard to go wrong with a classic shape in a neutral fabric.
Landscape painting: Landscapes are a timeless subject and offer soft, pretty colors that blend easily with anything else going on in the room.
White lamp: A pair of simple white lamps are a pretty safe bet. I like the size of this one and the fact that it doesn’t look like it belongs in one certain room in the house.
X-base ottoman: I personally love these in pairs, too, and consider them classic because of their versatility—in a living room, under an entryway console table, at the foot of a bed, etc.
Demilune console table: Don’t they say every room needs a touch of black? (I agree with that, btw.) The classic half-moon shape and turned legs will mix in with lots of other styles, and the size is great for a small foyer, a bedside table or as a table between two chairs.
Coffee table: I’d opt for a painted piece in a neutral color that will work with other finishes. Plus, this one looks sturdy enough to stand the test of time, even if that brings a house full of wild kids. . .
Gold mirror: I think a round gold mirror belongs in every decorating arsenal. And, I personally wouldn’t buy one that’s less than 36” in diameter. That’s big enough to look substantial over a mantel, dresser, buffet, or wherever it might end up.
What other pieces do you consider classics?
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