The Beauty of Old Things

The Beauty of Old Things | studiomrs.com | design-vox.com

Lately I’m finding myself drawn to old things. Old objects, old furniture, old architecture. Even if something isn’t genuinely antique but it’s made in that style, chances are I’ll favor it. Sometimes new things are just too shiny and pristine. They don’t have the same character and depth.

The Beauty of Old Things | thedesignfiles.net| design-vox.com

Starting with an older building makes a huge difference in accomplishing this sort of lived-in vintage look. I had a bit of a moment yesterday when I was thinking about this and realized that when Chris and I start looking for our next home I am probably going to have a mental struggle with the age of the homes. I’m fully aware that the older a home the more likely it will have all sorts of problems and be a headache, but I can’t picture myself in some cookie-cutter brand new digs either. We’ll have to find some sort of happy medium, I suppose. Man would I love some original crown molding though.

The Beauty of Old Things | Sibella Court| design-vox.com

We stopped at a local bookstore yesterday and of course I wandered over to the interior design books. There was a used copy of “Really Rural” that I kept picking up. The photos of the few remaining (in the ’90s) authentically rural homes in the French countryside were so enchanting. We’re talking seriously rustic homes with stone walls and fire pits in the kitchen. There is a part of me that would happily move into a home like that and spend my days cooking and cleaning and tending a garden. As long as there’s wi-fi. Got to have wi-fi. (P.S. Apparently you can rent the above home from Sibella Court?! Oh my. I was just drooling over one of her books at the store yesterday.)

one | Studio MRS via desire to inspire
two | The Design Files via Design Stiles
three | Sibella Court via blood and champagne

Leather Sofas in Moody Living Rooms

Leather Sofas in Moody Living Rooms | Jonathan Adler | design-vox.com

A dimly lit cozy living room sounds brilliant to me right now. One cup of coffee is not cutting it this morning. Can we talk about that crystal ship chandelier? What a fun way to bring some whimsy to a room. I even know where you can buy that thing. For something so unusual it isn’t as crazy expensive as you might think, though still definitely an investment.

Leather Sofas in Moody Living Rooms | design-vox.com

Dark blue walls, a Moroccan rug, and aged camel colored leather. A recipe for great success in my book.

Leather Sofas in Moody Living Rooms | architecturaldigest.com | design-vox.com

Ah and then there’s cognac leather. I used to find this shade off-putting but now I love it. Of course you could put the most beautiful leather sofa in an otherwise boring or poorly done room and it wouldn’t have nearly the same effect as one in a well designed room like this one. How high are those ceilings anyway?! Yeesh. Also a pop of pink is perfect next to this color of leather. Get yourself some peonies.

one | Jonathan Adler via Abigail Ahern
two | via My Favorite and My Best
three | Architectural Digest via Coco + Kelley

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | Jonathan Adler | design-vox.com

Awesome art collection. Awesome chairs. Just awesome. This is a great example of colorful accessories keeping white walls far from boring.

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | stylebyemilyhenderson.com | design-vox.com

I’m not sure which aspect of this space I like best: the perfectly pink drapery or the incredible gold chairs.

Boldly Awesome Dining Rooms | dirkjankinetinteriors.tumblr.com | design-vox.com

I am madly in love with the wall paint in this room. You know I love deep moody grays and I would be just as happy if the dark color extended all the way to the ceiling, but this two-tone look creates easy visual interest. It’s a modern paint treatment that ties in with the modern dining table and chairs while the rest of room feels deliciously antique and time-worm. The only thing I would change is that particular shade of fuchsia upholstery is not doing it for me. Maybe coral or gold or burnt orange. What do you think?

one | Jonathan Adler via Abigail Ahern
two | Emily Henderson
threeDirk Jan Kinet via desire to inspire

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | jerseyicecreamco.com | design-vox.com

I feel particularly grateful for Friday’s arrival this week and these gorgeous, dark bathrooms look like the perfect place for some weekend relaxation. The above room is near perfection to me. I’ve been very drawn to rustic elements lately. Repurposing an old piece of furniture as a vanity works so perfectly here. The use of vintage hardware and lighting gives the room an authenticity and warmth that can not be matched when everything is new. Any room that can pull off two completely different colors of wood flooring is a winner in my book.

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | fayetoogood.com | design-vox.com

Hello blue tile! Not only is the color and fish scale shape of this tile gorgeous, the fact that it is floor to ceiling absolutely makes the room. Floor to ceiling tile is pretty much always a good idea in my book, as long as you really love the tile and it isn’t too busy.

Weekend Mode with Dark and Cozy Bathrooms | melanieacevedo.com | design-vox.com

I’m about ready for a weekend nap now, how about you?

one | Jersey Ice Cream Co via Design*Sponge
two | Faye Toogood via 79 Ideas
three | Melanie Acevedo via Camille Styles

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