T0 Faux or not to Faux? That is the question. At least around these parts. I would say for the last 10 years the Old World style has been very popular in Oklahoma. Things are changing a bit lately. Things are becoming a bit brighter and cleaner.
I have a philosophy when it comes to this style. I really like it if it’s done right. Some people tend to go way over the top (as in anything in life, right?). The key to successfully decorating in this style is moderation. Too much fringe. Too much gold. Too much velvet. Too many faux painted walls. This has such a heavy feeling to me. However, I think Old World can be done with out going to the extreme!
My Old World Rules:
Rule #1- Never faux finish or crackle paint an entire kitchen or bathroom. Instead, do just one piece of furniture. I think this makes it look more authentic. People wonder: Is that really old? But if the entire kitchen is done that way, it’s pretty obvious it’s not really antique.
Here are some examples of this I really like.
Now this Swedish armoire is probably really old, but you get the idea. The patina of the piece also goes with the rest of the rustic furniture.
This living room is bright and beautiful. The antiqued mirror adds character to the room.
Design by Lisa Luby Ryan. Notice the chest, mirror and settee all have a patina. These few pieces add that Old World charm without being over the top!
Rule #2- Never faux finish the walls of an entire room. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. If you have a professional that knows how to create a beautiful patina to woodwork, it can be extremely beautiful! I’m really talking about what they used to do here in Oklahoma about 5 to 10 years ago. They would paint the walls then take a rag and rub a stain or another paint over the top. I think the goal was to create a cool finish. Some did look okay, but a lot of the finishes just made the walls look dirty. I think you can still achieve the old look without this effect.
Another design by Lisa Luby Ryan. This room still has an old French/Belgian feel because of the furniture, art and lighting. Nothing needs to be done to the walls to give this effect.
This home is by Loren Interiors in Houston. It has a distinctly European feel because of the rock, wide plank floors, furniture and lighting.
Decor de Provence. Notice old-looking floors, old fireplace, art and beams.
I think this room is so homey and beautiful. The beams add richness and I love the painted bookcases. They might even have a patina finish on them that would be a great little touch. The smooth cream walls keep it so soft.
This has a more rich look without being over the top. It’s still livable.
Rule #3- Keep fabric and trims to a minimum. I would say the majority of us do not live in a palace like Versailles, so why do we try so hard to make our homes look like a castle? Everyone has their own taste. I understand that. For me, I like to keep the opulent finishes to a minimum. I love a very formal look, but I’m talking about embellishments.
Reece Witherspoons ranch in California. It is very Old World Spanish without fringe and red velvet.
The iron staircase and luxurious rug add the richness to this space.
Room by Patricia Healing and Daniel Barsanti. It’s Old World in architecture, but the furniture is simple with luxurious upholstery.
These homes are really Mediterranean in origin. And who doesn’t love the Mediterranean? It’s glamorous and rich looking. I think that’s why people around here want to try to copy that European look. In moderation with a few great pieces, it can be extremely lovely and luxurious.
I love where some designers are going with the rustic look these days. Sometimes I think rustic can be kitschy and dark. While I don’t mind an animal head mount every now and then (I have a few in my own home, thanks to the hubby), this look can look very manly and rough. But I feel there is a new wave of rustic. Many of the designs have beautiful exposed beams and lighter walls. The neutral grays and tans are really lovely. Here are some pictures that I find soften the look. It looks more livable and bright than ever before.
The cream walls make this space so much brighter. The light floors help as well.
The light wood makes it so warm despite all of the rock.
Designed By: Linda McDougald Design/ Postcard From Paris
Photographer: Rachael Boling Photography
The grays in this mountain kitchen give it that modern feeling.
Wow! So much to talk about here! Color, texture, shine… The white cabinetry and backsplash keep this room from looking heavy and dark. Beautiful!
Same with this open kitchen and living area. If these cabinets had been stained, it would be way to brown.
I love the color of these beams. The creamy walls brighten up the space. It feels light and airy despite the heavy beams.
Of course, I love this Mediterranean, rustic look. The stucco walls make this room so soft.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
I love wild patterns on chairs. Patterns can be trendy, so use the sparingly. Here are some of my favorite patterned chairs:
I think mantels can be difficult to decorate, don’t you? Most of the time it’s the focal point. The first thing you see when you walk into a room. I don’t like cluttered mantels or mantels that are too sparse. Finding that balance can be tricky. I’ve looked for objects for my family room mantle for over a year. I really wanted to use a painting that I bought when we first got married. Pretty much all of the colors in the room stem from that painting: red, orange, and black. I’ve added the blue to bring some coolness into the room.
Finally, while working on another project I came across some beautiful ceramic dish wear and pottery at Dillard’s. They had a large plate with rust and blue details, just the colors in the family room. It was exactly what I wanted. I’ve also been thinking about putting some tall candle sticks on the other side of the painting. Everything I’ve come across is so expensive. Finally, I found two at TJ Maxx. I think they really draw together all of the dark wood accents in the room.
While we were in Texas in September, we went to one of our favorite little Hill Country towns, Fredricksburg. I found these great embroidered pillows. I think they bring character, color and whimsy to the room.
The additions to the mantel as well as the pillows really finish the room. They bring all of the colors together and give the room the whimsical, fun feeling I want this family room to have.
Are you bored with a room in your home? What small changes can you do to give it that feeling you want to portray? Sometimes it just takes a little looking. So keep your eyes peeled and your imagination open!
I have several projects going on right now. Some for me and some for clients. Here’s what’s in my head…
house and home
lily jane stationary
Oh and I forgot about the baby! So here’s a nursery pic…
I think this is Sarah Richardson…
When we were in New Orleans in April, I stumbled across this amazing store Antiques de Provence. This is the real deal folks. Beautiful antique pieces from France. It is truly amazing, and I could have spent all afternoon day dreaming. Most pieces are way out of my budget. A girl can dream…
Antiques de Provence
Cynthia W. Nunez
623 Royal St French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70130
(formerly located at 525 St. Louis)
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a huge fan of wallpaper. Once you tried to peel wallpaper off of a wall, you say to yourself, “I will never put up wallpaper again!” Well, I guess I’m far enough removed from my last horrible wallpaper experience because I ordered four rolls for my powder bathroom. Even my husband (the wallpaper hater) loves what I’ve chosen! I chose this wall covering from Designers Guild:
It is a light purpley-pink. The marble on the floor is purple, grey and lilac. I decided not to hide from the crazy marble. I’m just going to play it up. It’s going to look fun and elegant at the same time. I’m excited to have some color in my home!
Designers Guild is a fabulous company out of London. It is owned and run by Tricia Guild and her brother. If you love color and pattern, you will love all Designers Guild products. The patterns and colors speak for themselves, so I’m just going to post a lot of pictures for you! They carry everything from linens and pillows to designer fabric and wall coverings. AND they’re having a big SALE right now, so find something beautiful for yourself!
Are you in love yet? I know I am! I know that it’s kind of wild, but the colors and patterns are just exquisite.