On the heels of yesterday's moodboard post comes a Room of the Week that speaks to the 'old' part of my recent fascination with 'old is new' interiors. There is a very classic, traditional way of decorating out there that that still lives large on the East Coast, and in the South, that we simply isn't prevalent here in the Pacific Northwest. Finding that look in homes that I can relate to aesthetically, and applying it to my own interiors is sort of where my head is at these days. Enter, this cozy, pre-war apartment by McGrath II ...
Quite traditional, no? But still fresh at the same time, yes? The number one thing that makes this room work for me is simple: white paint. Most traditional interiors over do the layering - wallpaper, heavy drapes, layered rugs. Here, the furnishings sing against a simplified 'palette' of white and sisal. And the only piece I could do without is that striped chair... (it's a bit too meh for me, and crowds the space a bit for my taste).
Classic move: orchids on this stunning, old mantel.
Underused color: lilac. I love the way it looks in homes but I have yet to ever incorporate it - I think I need to start!
Modern art in rooms like this is another key component for me. You've gotta shake things up!
The tone-on-tone combination of the coffee table with the rug is really doing it for me too. Also, the mix of leopard print and florals (always a good idea) and the cozy library feel brought on by those stunning built-in bookshelves! Texture and textiles for the win in this apartment!