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Caitlin Has A Secret Trend Spotting Hack And Here’s What’s Coming Up Next – BOLD ANTIQUE REVIVAL

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING. A TREND IS AFOOT. It’s very early, but I can feel it in my bones (and I can see it in the IG feeds of some of my favorite trendy vintage dealers, who have all somehow mysteriously and simultaneously begun to pivot away from their postmodern). Buckle up, folks, because I’m here to talk about the rise of the bold antique revival. Today, I’m highlighting rooms filled with colors, pattern, wallpaper, and most exciting of all: the return of precious, detailed, darker antique furniture. (There is nary a blonde wood, mid-century piece, or sparse room to be seen in this post!) 4 years ago, I jumped on the postmodern train and scored an apartment’s worth of (now-) very-trendy 80s furniture for free…so hopefully, if this post inspires you, you’ll be able to hop on board early and grab some vintage pieces for next to nothing.

But before we get too in the weeds, I need to clarify that I’m not heralding the rise of eclectic or collected or classic maximalist style – today’s deep-dive on a very specific intentional, tapered, measured, and bright iteration of traditional. We’re not talking about “grandma’s cool house packed to rafters with years of treasure from her worldly travels” here. This upcoming trend, to me, feels more precise and thoughtful and almost palatial – kind of like if Marie Antoinette lived in a 2021. Imagine a mix of French and Grecian Revival pieces paired with a splash of Hollywood Regency, a pinch of 1930s Art Deco, a dash of Chinoiserie, blended in a 21st-century shaker and served with a sprig of like…South Carolina prep. It’s formal, polished, finished, and statement-making, but your surfaces will not cluttered, you won’t have to spend all weekend dusting knickknacks, and you’re giving all your pieces room to shine in their own right. OKAY, ENOUGH YAPPING FROM ME. Let me show you what I’m talking about!!!

Antique Casegoods

design by brockschmidt and coleman | photo by jean allsopp | via better home and gardens

I had to lead with my favorite photo in the post, because it sums up what we’ll be dissecting today. This room, my friends, is a masterclass in balancing the intersection of formal and playful. The marquetry cabinet is an absolute high-end showstopper that’s so well-balanced by the bold wallpaper, modern art, geometric lamp, sparkling copper & brass urn, and whimsical dishes. Styled in a different setting, this vintage piece totally could have read as fussy but in this room, it comes off as warm and welcoming. ARE YOU CATCHING MY DRIFT?

But okay, maybe you want an example with a little less color and pattern…that’s cool. Here’s some rooms for you, too! I think my favorite thing about this style is that it takes the pieces that formerly existed in my grandma’s sitting room (you know, the one where no one was allowed to sit or touch anything) and it turns them into functional, everyday staples. It almost feels a little self-indulgent and self-care-y to let yourself enjoy the most formal pieces in your most informal spaces. (Basically what I’m trying to say is that this trend is the furniture equivalent of using your wedding china every day. Treat yourself! You deserve it!)

Ah, YES. Using a bar cart here could have felt simple or small or played-out – but if you have a dresser or cabinet you love, why not throw some glass on top and use it as a serving area? Additional pro: I have it on good authority from the folks at Wertz Brothers (an enormous LA warehouse with very good IG stories of their inventory; worth a follow even if you’re not in the area if you love vintage furniture!) that true antiques are super-well priced right now as most folks scramble for a very limited inventory of ’70s and ’80s pieces. Like, guys, you can save money AND be an early adopter. WIN/WIN.

When Jess DMed me the room on the right, I gasped. Studio Ashby is incredible at mixing old and new. I’m not saying you need to go full-on Bridgerton in your home, but even adding a few classic wooden vintage pieces – even in tiny doses, like as nightstands – bring a ton of heart and soul to your room. Plus, HOW GOOD ARE THOSE NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS on the left?!?

Saturated Color Palettes

design by jeffrey bilhuber | via architectural digest

Oh my gosh, have you ever seen primary colors look THIS sophisticated? Like, if someone told me in passing that they were considering a blue wallpaper with yellow curtains (and valances) with a coral chair I woulda been like, “uh, pal, are you planning for Peewee’s Playhouse? Maybe don’t do that?” but this room…this is well done. It’s bright without being blinding and happy without coming off like a McDonalds Playplace. 100000/10. Bonus: peek at that canopy through the tinted mirror!

design by luke edward hall | photo by benoi linero

Full disclosure: I am really struggling not to straight-up steal this color scheme (including the striped bed frame, honestly) for my own bedroom. But look a little deeper – those are vintage nightstands, a curtain with valances, and a sconce with a very traditional shape, yet they all feel very fresh and new. Playing with paint – yes, you can do your walls, paint, and trim in 3 different colors – and being bold with your decor color choices can really pay off!

Cabana Stripes

design by beata heuman

SWOON. This speaks to my minimalist maximalist roots. (I guess that the end of the day, not much has changed aside from my preferred finishes and eras.) We have a lot of classic elements here, like the fringed sofa and the Jenny Lind legs, but everything is really brightened up by the bold red-and-white stripe that echoes the color of the built-in arch. (Side note: You remember Jenny Lind from the Greatest Showman? Well, uh, Jenny Lind was actually a really famous opera singer and she’s the namesake of all these circle-shaped wood-turning furniture pieces! If you ever see a kids’ Jenny Lind bed, you owe it to the real Jenny Lind!)

design by pierce & ward | photo by skye parrott | via the nordroom

The magic of stripes: they’re classic and timeless without being too much. It’s a bold and fun statement that will continue to work with a ton of furniture and decor styles. You can take it from me, a chronically indecisive person who has held onto a vintage black-and-white striped couch like the holy grail despite switching every other item in my apartment endlessly. If you’re pattern shy, this is the best way to test the waters!

Large-Scale Wallpapers

HELLO MARIE ANTOINETTE. Your palace awaits, girl!!! These are not the bitsy, floral print floral papers of yore, y’all – these wallpapers are here to make big, bold, and occasionally mural-esque statements. But let’s break it down a bit more: while being very traditional, the hall on the left and the console table on the right are anything but stuffy. On the left, the blue painted ceiling brightens up the space and the wallpaper adds a ton of whimsy (can you guys imagining Swiffer-ing in there? How FUN would cleaning be?) while the bar set up on the right makes a very traditional console table feel a little less precious.

photo by simon brown | via romantic irish interiors

SO COZY. The brass canopy and vanity could read super punctilious, but they’re made warm and cozy by contrasting patterns, a homemade quilt, and a tablecloth. I’m a huge fan of this idea: is there anything in your home that feels a little too precious that you could tone down with a table runner? Give it a whirl, friend!!

We hit the jackpot on the left, pals! SO many vintage pieces – everything from that entry table to the chair in the back to the gilded mirror and frames up the stairs – anchored by a huge wallpaper, timeless rug, fun stair runner, and bold chandelier. Let this be a lesson to you in the art of pattern patching – intent and confidence are everything! If a chair reupholstered in neon pink can work with two different red rugs, you can play with color in your own home, too! I also had to include something for our future parents (yes, that’s a Jenny Lind crib!) – get a load of this bold wallpaper along with that aged end table in the corner.

High-Impact Lighting

How special are both of these?! That one-of-a-kind floor lamp is jaw-dropping (this shot was pulled from a primary bedroom tour, but the whole home is worth a look!) when paired with this luxurious setup. I know it seems like a lot, but guys, that’s only TWO PIECES OF FURNITURE WITH A LAMP. The rest is just wall art, color, and pattern. When it comes to the new bold traditional style, little things are doing a lot of heavy lifting! And somehow, the gilded, marble-topped table on the right is toned down by the saturated wall color, statement mirror, and bright lamps. Lesson: both these vignettes have very high impact despite being pretty sparse. Budget-conscious pals, use these kinds of details to your advantage!

design by redd kaihoi | photo by trevor tondro | via 1st dibs

Another find from our very own Jess!!! I swear, y’all, the true highlight of working at EHD is finding a bunch of gals I can DM about interior design photos 🙂 Being said, how bold and confident is this design? I love how this lamp really bridges eras – it speaks to the ginger jar and the finial echoes the mirror and framing, so it’s really the key piece that’s holding this space together. Plus, that pitched shade holds its own and gives some gorgeous textural contrast to that tubular copper chair!

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Not to call too far back to the beginning of the post, but we actually started out by looking at a lot of vintage casegoods topped with very modern lamps…so let’s go back there for a second. This shot is almost a more masculine or neutral version of the first shot we broke down – we still have the bold wallpaper, modern art, metallic vessels, and standout geometric lamp. The overall look is VERY different, but the formula is the same. We can get this look at home, too!

Tailored Curtains with Valances

design by beata heuman

Well, first, uh, HEY, CABANA STRIPE. Nice to see you deep in the post! But what a game-changer these stunning, uber-tailored curtains are (anyone else feel relieved when they see a drape fall at exactly the right length?). I know that you’re oogling the shape of the valance and pleating, but please take a peek at the tiny, appropriate version on the right – while we at EHD are traditionally evangelists of the floor-length drape in all situations, this room proves that rules can be broken. You know, especially when you’re taking a ton of exciting design risks. ARE YOU SOLD YET?

design by laura zender design | styled by sarah finnane | photo by werner straube

This one and the next one were other Jess finds – I had asked if she had any great sculptural valance inspiration and MY GAL DELIVERED. These are PRECISE. I’m a huge fan of this room because it comes off as pretty 20th century – beige walls, beige carpet, simple trim, etc. – but MY GOSH, isn’t it elevated by these window treatments? They change the whole tone of the space! Valances are coming back, pals, and you can take that to the bank!!!

design by david kaihoi | photo by francesco lagnese | via schumacher

First off, how lucky are would you be to find an interior designer willing to help you make such gorgeous custom-shaped drapery? And second off, WOW. Similarly, I love this because it highlights that you can turn a fairly normal, neutral, carpeted room into an oasis – you don’t need vintage architecture when you can design special features yourself! Bespoke items mixed with vintage touches make this feel like a TOTALLY fresh, special, one-of-a-kind space.

Statement Beds

design by beata heuman

Ah, a quick resting place for my minimalists who have been shocked and jarred by the amount of color and pattern in the post! This is another absolute favorite of mine – we have a mix of antique nightstands, a grounding and saturated solid rug, and a casual stripe with a special shape. This is one of those “WHO, ME? I woke up like this” rooms that feels effortless and calm but looks like a gosh darn knockout.

design by suzanne rheinstein | photo by laura resen | via architectural digest

Another quick resting place for those who need one – we’re fully vintage in this room and it’s clean, manageable, and elevated without feeling too fuddy-duddy. If you’re looking for a sign to splurge on a special bed, this is it (plus, I recently just somehow learned that we spend FOUR WHOLE MONTHS per year IN OUR BEDS). Basically, it’s time to make your home a relaxing, warm, soulful, inviting retreat 🙂

But we can go a teensy bit more muted if you absolutely need to. I love the formula that’s starting to brew: special bed, cool walls, floral print, demilune table, white bedding, vintage rug, tiny floral arrangement. You can do this at home! I promise!

design by leanne ford | styled by kate berry | photo by nicole franzen | via domino

Another Jess find, serving as proof that dark ornate vintage wood can work in ANY type of space. Look how these two beds glow against the rough texture of the walls and beams! The shining frames are balanced out by some calm, textured bedding. Sure, these would look stunning all done up with some wallpaper and window treatments, but they look just as lovely when they take the starring role in a more sparse space. Leanne Ford is VERY talented and we should all take a page out of her book 🙂

A Little Lacquer

design by kelly wearstler

A GAL’S GOTTA HAVE HER GLAM. I get it. If antique natural-toned wood isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! Lacquer up one of those vintage babies and go to town! Kelly Wearstler did it TWICE in this shot so you know I’m not leading you astray!

As always, I don’t want to lose my lovers of neutral, so I wanted to bring you some bold black and white inspiration, too. Lacquer brings a whole new level of sophistication to these pieces – can you imagine them in a blonde wood, Scandi-inspired instead? No thank you! I know you probably don’t want your home to feel like the Caesar’s Palace in Vegas (and for what it’s worth, I also don’t want your home to feel like the Caesar’s Palace in Vegas) but a few hits of shine can really take a room to the next level.

design and photo by gwen of the makerista

Huge fan of this iteration because it feels really achievable – if you have a neutral bed frame at home and you stumble upon the opportunity to add a lacquered vintage chest in place of a nightstand, bring it home and try it out! This adds a ton of soul and personality (not to mention shelf space!) to a room that could easily swing boho or mid-century with a simple switch of nightstand and decor.

Classic Regency Touches (That Are Super Achievable)

design and photo by jessica of domicile37

If you’ve been reading this and you’re like “hey girl, I like this but I don’t think I can pull it off in my home, this would be a very drastic shift,” I’d love to present the above photo to you by the extremely talented, Jessica of Domicile37. Buds, there’s not that much going on here – just a bold color, bold wallpaper, a sofa, and a cabana-striped chair with some classic regency lucite & leopard mixed in! My inner maximalist and my inner minimalist are at peace knowing that I’ve found a style that does SO MUCH without requiring SO MANY unachievable things. (PS. EHD Jess told me that leopard wasn’t a thing with this trend and after sending this, she reneged and was like “you’re right leopard is totally a thing, MY BAD!”)

And of course, we couldn’t forget about our classic finishing touches!!! Take a quick peek at those roped-tassels on the left and the leopard print on the right – when it comes to the bold new traditional style, BOTH ARE WELCOME. Classic Hollywood called and they want to talk to you and your new space because it is FUN AND TIMELESS.

At the end of the day, I think that actually sums it up – sure, this may be a lot of color or pattern for some folks, but it’s survived the test of time. At this point, no one will ever look at a vintage Bombay chest and think “oh my gosh, that shape is DONE” (she wrote, while staring with disdain at her butter-yellow, wavy, 1980s sideboard). The thing I love most about the new bold traditional is that it really truly IS timeless – when it comes to these antiques, you’ll have total freedom to style and play around them in a way that I don’t think I really appreciated until now.

At first, I thought that my transition away from my Toontown-aesthetic was driven solely by familiarity and mass adoption (e.g. “I’ve had these vintage pieces for 4 years, time to swap” and “wow, postmodern pieces are available everywhere, time to move on,” but after so much pinning and planning and thinking, I have a newfound appreciation for the longevity and flexibility of true antiques). I’m so excited to see my favorite IG furniture dealers starting to dip their toes into this space – because, you know, even I have to admit that a marquetry cabinet is of definitively higher quality than my laminate counterparts – and I’m really excited and hopeful to see what this next iteration of interior design brings forward.

In any case, I’M SO CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS. Is this too dated for you? Are you excited that your pieces are coming back en-vogue? In case you’re not familiar, vintage furniture is kind of like MY ONLY PASSION and I want to talk about it all day, every day, so let’s battle it out!!! The new bold traditional: HOT OR NOT?

Opening Image Credits: Design by Suzanne Rheinstein | Photo by Laura Resen | via Architectural Digest

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1 year ago

I’m excited about this! I’m a minimalist at heart but I’ve been putting bold wallpaper in my closets and have inherited some of my favorite pieces from my grandmothers house. The mix of special, dark, ornate with the minimalist items is really pleasing to me. I also prefer the scale of vintage furniture.

1 year ago

so interesting just to think about! such a good post idea
love all the vintage furniture/cabana stripes/lamps but im not sure about the rest – only time will tell!

1 year ago

Yes! I love all of this (except the valences).

1 year ago
Reply to  Kristin

Yes, I cannot with the valences….

1 year ago
Reply to  Courtney

Does anyone remember the balloon valances of early nineties made with floral Laura Ashley type fabric?
if you are that old you know they were dust catchers and you are probably saying to yourself…never again. They will be back when mauve makes it’s comeback. Caitlin give us a heads up on that trend 🙂

1 year ago

So happy the trends are pointing in this direction. Love all of it but especially the cabana stripes😍

1 year ago

before I read this, I thought “absolutely not my style,” but you kind of had me on board by the end of the post. I love the thought of mixing in antique pieces in a bright, modern way. Actually picturing a few pieces I want to take from my grandmothers house! Really well written post.

ACK! I LOVE your posts, Caitlin~ they are absolutely my jam. my peanut butter. my jelly. my favorites. vintage furniture for days. my eyeballs are always happy. so many good pictures. okay, like you, i’m obsessed with vintage furniture. OB. SESSED. i love this new “trend” (really, just timeless pieces getting their day again). i appreciate the beauty of these pieces. i’ve been noticing this as well and i’m here for it. i love antique pieces mixed into modern spaces. that first picture, the Traditional Home one is so good. that “antique casegood” is so gorgeous and i love it with the modern art and lamp. i much more prefer a cabinet over a bar cart. love that one. the headboards in the studio ashby pictures are stunning. especially the one on the left. saturated colors is always a favorite of mine if it’s colors i love! the coral arched nook in the first cabana stripe picture is perfect. the marjorie skouras picture (arch digest) is my cotton candy dreams. that floor is gorgeous. and i love it with the pink. the redd kaihoi picture (the lighting one) is TO DIE FOR. too many good things. and the burlwood cabinet/dresser… Read more »

Cris S.
1 year ago

So, I need you to STOP with this!!! Because this is what I’ve been trying to put together the last 4 years and I DON’T need a bunch of other people trying to put it together too and taking the best stuff on FBM and CL. 🙂 Honestly, the hardest (e.g. the most expensive) parts of this to do are the high ceilings and moldings that provide the backbone of the look and the wallpaper. I had a gorgeous mural on deck for our entryway and main hallway in our whole house gut reno, but by the time we were finishing up I didn’t have $3000 and more (with install) left to spend on it (well, to spend on it and send the oldest to college). I can make really nice curtains and find the rest (though the huge gilded mirrors are BANK) at flea markets and consignment stores (got a big chinoiserie wood carved and old gilded mirror for a bathroom for $40 at the flea market – marked up from $3.99 via the Goodwill sticker on the back). Another great resource for awesome things? – this hint from Jeremiah Brent’s interview with ? Hmmm… not remembering that… Read more »

Cris S.
1 year ago

I’m glad you feel that way! I want to run around telling everyone about my fun discovery, but 98% of people aren’t as into interiors as I am and don’t understand how exciting it is to find a new resource like that! I’d LOVE to see a post on the best online vintage shopping spots!

1 year ago

OMG I love everything here, going to pin almost all of it! I have MISSED these trend posts, and this is my favorite type of interior design (Beata Heuman is my dream interior designer!!). Thank you, Caitlin and Em Henderson team for the fantastic post.

1 year ago

I think anyone who loves this kind of style or is more interested in seeing it executed in “real life” would really love The Makerista (Gwen Hefner). It isn’t the style of my home currently, but it is so classic. And I agree about all of the pre-1930 antiques being great prices right now (good tip, Caitlin!)… and the bonus about those pieces is generally they are extremely well maintained or have been refinished properly by people who KNOW what they are doing (not shabby chic DIYers). Years ago when my home was more this style, I bought an ornate beautifully refinished desk from a man on craigslist. When picked it up I mentioned that I was considering painting it (kelly green high gloss!), and he straight up told me he would not sell it to me if I was going to paint it– he took that much pride in it! You can bet I never painted that thing. When I’m in antique stores, I can’t help but touch all of the amazing details on those pieces. They blow. my. mind.

1 year ago

From the very beginning of this post I thought about Gwen at The Makerista, so I’m glad you included one of her pics! Her sunroom, library, dining room, girls’ bedroom, etc. are so full of vintage thrifted and estate sale pieces that she got for a steal and paired with amazing colors and patterns to modernize them. Maybe a bit more “cluttered” style than most of these, but it’s amazing what she’s done with a suburban 80s build home in Kansas City (my hometown), and our thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, etc. are literally overflowing with this sort of stuff in incredible shape. In the Midwest, vintage post-modern and even mid-century just isn’t all that available like they are in LA so this is so much more achievable.

1 year ago

I’m *here* for this – I’ve *been here* for this for a long while. The lighting! Gah. Except pelmets… those might be on par with convincing me to paint a room red or [most] yellow(s).

1 year ago

I love any trend that keeps well-made furniture out of the dumpster! The bold colors and dramatic accessories are not my style but I enjoy seeing them in spaces I don’t have to live in everyday. 🙂

1 year ago

It’s an interesting take, but not something I could live with. I think the biggest idea it gave me is that whatever style you’re doing, its all about balance. Like cooking. Too much of any one flavor spoils the soup

Cici Haus
1 year ago

I’ve been mixing true antiques my whole life. There’s just so much soul. In my teenage bedroom the star was a vintage chest serving as a window bench, in my first house it was my great-grandmother’s hutch in my entry, in my last house it was a vintage Cessna (as in the plane maker!) dresser-turned-china-cabinet, in this house it’s an 1800s primitive-style cabinet used as a pantry! (FTR, all the other pieces have moved to each home with me and they now all live in sync, along with many other beautiful pieces!)

1 year ago

I feel like I can’t breathe looking at most of these rooms. So not me! With the exception of Leanne Ford’s design. She is the bomb! I’ll stick with my Scandi minimalist style.

1 year ago
Reply to  Hana

Yes, photo #1 was a hard pass for me. I cannot with the wallpaper choice on that one. The other photos/rooms were much more balanced. I’m going to stick with my amateur eclectic look.

1 year ago

Gwen at The Makerista (you shared her bedroom above) does this style soooo well, and has for awhile. Check out her whole house! 😍

Roberta Davis
1 year ago

I love it! I also love modern styles. But there’s a richness to these older furniture pieces. And also the wallpapers and murals.

Erin W
1 year ago

This is great! I think there’s another real pull that could be the root of this antique revival: it’s great for the environment! I’m scoring a ton of quality furniture, at very good prices, that are vintage/antique. I’m about to dive into reupholstery for the first time, and am referencing your 2012 blog post about that- might be a good time for a revival!

1 year ago
Reply to  Erin W


1 year ago

ALL. THE. WAY. I love love love this look. Does anybody know the maker of the pinkish-purpley wallpaper in the room designed by Pierce & Ward under “Large Scale Wallpaper?” I think I just found my soul-wallpaper.

Colleen Kyle
1 year ago

Love this post! Heidi Caillier is another designer who has elements of this style in her beautiful and restrained spaces.

Chelsea R
1 year ago

I feel like this trend has been named ‘Grandmillennial’ by Instagram and you can find great stuff at that hashtag. Glass of Bovino is a blog that’s really focused on that and tips for finding these pieces on FBMP and elsewhere.

Cris S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Chelsea R

I used her tips on changing the FBMP algorithms to get them to display what you are interested in and after a couple of weeks of that my perfect vintage chinoiserie tall secretary desk (black with orange interior and a million little drawers and lovely bits and bobs) popped up. Her last bathroom renovation is such an inspiration also.

1 year ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Picturing it in my head and that desk sounds amazing! <3

Candice Boese
1 year ago

I’m so happy that British style is finally making its way over! After living in England this past year, they’re blend of historic pieces and modern accents is flawless!

1 year ago

I truly admire the innate craftsmanship of antiques. Whe I was a teen, my family gad an antique store. Proper antiques, not so-called “vintage”, which, sadly, is a massively over-used and incorrectly used term.
Calling an antique vintage is a smidge dodgy.

However, there are indeed some beautiful pieces in your curated trend post, Caitlin. You’re great at these posts and your passion for findkng treasures is tangible and energizing!
The stripes remind me of Emily’s canopy in the kids’ LA bedroom, when dhe was in her EEG stage.

I love, love, love antiques and gave many in my home, mixed with new and more modern items. I’m not into heavily carved, dark (mahogony), or highly irnate pieces though. I think I have an aversion to them via antique store overload.
My passion is raw/waxed/sealed golden-toned wood. More French provincial, scrubbed farm housey vibe. This seems to reverberate light in a room and when mixed with modern or edgy pieces, feels more like home to me than anything too precious (ornate inlay) or luxe.

1 year ago

Yes, Caitlin, I love this! A lot of these rooms would need the volume turned down a few notches for me, but I am so here for the dark, formal furniture juxtaposed with bold, colorful, geometric, modern, etc. I have a house of mostly hand-me-down furniture and this is the direction I’ve been trying to (slowly) take things. I am pinning so much of this—thank you!

1 year ago

Ahh ok had to chime in on this as I’m currently pinning and planning for my new apartment! I’m totally not done with postmodern (but doing mine w/ more eclectic elements) so new trends always kinda make me go “wait!” I do wonder if this style is dependent on architecture to thrive though? Like I could totally see this one being difficult to really replicate in a rental friendly way but again maybe that’s just me clinging to postmodern because I love it so much lol. ALSO – Caitlin your thoughts: do we think Bridgerton’s success has moved this trend along too? Just spitballing but love this post!

1 year ago

LOVE this style so much for several reasons! For one, buying antiques is so much better for the environment, secondly, they are made so much better than most of the junk you find in stores today, and finally…SOUL. STORIES. PERSONALITY. Something that’s dearly been lacking in the whitewashed interiors and blonde woods of recent years that have been everywhere. Give me color and medium to dark wood all day, every day!
I’ve slowly been collecting some beautiful antique pieces over the years. Two of my proudest moments were scoring an antique upright piano from the 1820’s complete with original ivory keys, and a hand carved tiger oak German breakfast table from the late 1800s. The warmth, character, and happiness they bring my house simply can’t be replicated by the fast fashion of interior furniture.

Lori Alexander
1 year ago

Too bad I gave away my old copy of Laura Ashley Home Decorating.

Cris S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Lori Alexander

I grew up during that time too, so this made me laugh. But I don’t think it is the same – this is less fussy, much less frilly, less pastel and dusty. I do like “stuff” and old things, but not clutter all over or ruffles or lace, which I remember clearly in Laura Ashley times. This seems more edited, better combined with modern items, and bolder in color. But to each their own, which is the fun part of determining your personal environment.

1 year ago

I can abide by bits and pieces of this trend; namely, the pieces my brain can fool itself into thinking are very organic. The Jenny Lind furniture, the nursery wallpaper, the super saturated green walls… and of course, my heart went aflutter when I saw Leanne’s take. But in general, I want my world to be a bit more beat up and rought-and-tumble than this beautifully ornate furniture allows for.

1 year ago

I have been trying to convince my wife to let us do (removable) large scale wallpaper and she. Will. Not. Budge. SOS folks! I’ll show her this to convince her we will be ahead of the curve.

1 year ago

From the very beginning of this post I thought, “The Makerista!” and lo and behold, you included her bedroom. However, she has waaaay more super inspiring spaces in her home (namely her library, girls’ room, and “playroom””) that embody this style. I am HERE FOR IT. I am so so so tired of the subdued bleached neutral-on-neutral look. It’s pretty and pleasant, but just not INTERESTING. Growing up I slept in a Louis XV French walnut bed with pillow shams made from recycled saris. I love high-quality antique furniture that has a story. My home is full of dark heavy carved wood pieces.

Anne Davis
1 year ago

I love the lacquer pieces. I’ve had a couple of those photos on my Pinterest boards for a while. I have always thought that the best way to transform a piece to lacquer is to have it done at a car paint shop. Any other suggestions on getting it done?

1 year ago

Oh hellll no!! The only one I could stomach was the Leanne Ford look.

1 year ago

I have been keeping some treasured antiques passed down to me in my basement for years because I love them. I had an antique dining set with my modern furniture in the dining room too. But since I just downsized into a townhome and my finished basement is stuffed, I have been trying to get the courage to get rid of them, but sad thinking that no one wanted them. So happy that I will be able to give or sell to people who want them. But I have to admit I like calm, modern with a few handsome antiques thrown in. I can’t do busy! I would love to see inspiration photos with a paired down aesthetic but with a respect for antiques. Is this version just going to be neither here nor there or will it have It’s place too in good design?

1 year ago

I love a well-designed, proportionate valance!

1 year ago

I think it just comes down to buy what you love and live with what you love. Trends change all the time. Be your own trend!

1 year ago

I absolutely love all of this – thank you, thank you!

1 year ago

Okay, okay, there’s a million great things I could say about this post and this trend, but this post ALSO sparked in me this desire to comment (which I rarely do) to also tell you that I hope your house/condo hunt is going well too!!! What a rollercoaster of a ride and hopefully there’s been fun, good progress over the last few months. Can’t wait for more posts about your house journey AND eventually ones detailing how you’re going to decorate it with your postmodern style OR 2021 Marie Antoinette.

Tiffany Wilcox
1 year ago

I’m a minimalist at heart so these rooms make me feel a bit overwhelmed. However, I do love the large scale wallpaper and the lacquer trends. I also love the look of antique furniture paired with other more modern, clean lined objects.

1 year ago

Happy to see “brown furniture” coming back but boy oh boy do I loathe a valance. Ah well. Win some lose some.

Lynn W
1 year ago

I am lucky enough to own some gorgeous mahogany pieces that were my grandparents 💜. A beautiful bookcase, step tables and a pretty pedestal accent table that has “pie crust edges around”. They have personality and I feel so happy to see them everyday!! I’ve been able to work them in with my style and have been with me since the early nineties.

1 year ago

I love this – it feels more grown up than the grandmillenial trend, and without the clutter of previous iterations.

1 year ago

What an inspiring post! I’ve been so bored with the mid-century trend that has hung around way too long. Let’s mix that gorgeous antique bureau with a piece of modern art above! I recently decided against buying a bar cart (again, bored with them) and made a bar in my entry hall on an antique family table. So much more room for booze and lots of vintage seltzer bottles and decanters mixed in! Just one or two beautiful antique pieces can be enough to change the vibe of a room. And they’re cheap! Let’s have some fun!

1 year ago

Corey Damen Jenkins. Bold traditional is what he does, and he does it to perfection!

Cris S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Sylvie

I’m enjoying his recently released book, “Design Remix: A New Spin on Traditional Rooms.” His story is inspiring- going door to door with a looking for design until the 779th person let him in the door. His work would fit comfortably in this post.

1 year ago
Reply to  Cris S.

You’ve just convinced me I need to have this book!

1 year ago

I’ll pass.

1 year ago

This is definitely my style and has been for years. Love seeing it on the blog, but a shame that it is becoming popular 😉

1 year ago

Wow, a lot of this is too much sugar for a dime, but I am from Louisiana. We love our antiques. We grew up using our parent’s sterling flatware with grocery store china. (Because sterling silver won’t break but wedding china surely will.) I am down with this trend.

Nicole Rienstra
1 year ago

Ah, love this so much!!! I love having vintage pieces mixed in; and to be frank, as someone who is always on a pretty severe budget, mixing some thrifted vintage pieces in makes design seem much more affordable financially.

1 year ago

I don’t really care about trends because I think people should focus on what makes them happy regardless of trends. Things I love in these pictures: the Gustavian chair in David Kaihoi’s room, the ?Svenskt Tenn candelabra, old mirror and chest in Rita Konig’s design, the graceful wallpaper in Simon Brown’s, the Herman Miller lamp. Things I could live without: leopard print; zebra rugs (flattened zebras or fake flattened zebras–it’s all sad; most of these color combos; upholstered headboards, white walls. But other people love all these things. I knew I shouldn’t read something about trends!

1 year ago

I like the pics and interesting post but many of these images have floating around for years. They include rooms by extremely well-known and deeply respected designers, such as Rita Konig, who has been around for years, and is considered design royalty and might be somewhat bemused to discover her timeless designs are part of a ‘new trend’.

1 year ago

Reminds of World of Interiors… This IS my style and has been forever! A sense of wit and humor really makes it work.. some of the ridiculous casegoods and lacquer items are very silly, and need to be celebrated as such. I personally find that using lighter window treatments than the ones in this roundup make it look more intentional rather than “grandma”. Especially after a year of lockdown, I don’t know if people will want to reduce the amount of mood boosting sunlight they have in their homes. I do mini themes for each room so they have a direction and tone, and don’t wind up looking likeCraigslist jumble sale. One punctilious point: “punctilious” is an adjective used to describe behavior, not inanimate objects. A a table can’t be punctilious just by sitting there.

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