Thursday, August 25, 2011

{a trend or here to stay?...}

Here are a few inspirational pics of beautiful dining rooms & bedrooms featured in the Fall issue of Restoration Hardware.

{all images above from Restoration Hardware}

I've noticed the last year they have been moving more towards tone on tone & hitting the industrial look with a bit of aviator!  It's very masculine & bulky.   A few weeks ago I went and looked around and talk about massive pieces!  You really have to have a grand space for some of their items.  Never the less I didn't want to leave the huge leather sofa we sat in for 15 minutes.  I mean to tell you it was plush!  They don't skimp on quality and you can see it in the price tag!  

The bedroom pics above are in a french &  neoclassicl inspired and I find them appealing to either sex.  Remember the Neoclassic trend several maybe a decade ago? I didn't follow maybe it's coming back but with a modern toned down twist?  

According to Wikipedia Neoclassic design-  

Interior design

Finnish towns were built of wood, often in the Neoclassical style. (Studio of W Runeberg on Porvoo)
Indoors, neoclassicism made a discovery of the genuine Roman interior, inspired by the rediscoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum, which had started in the late 1740s, but only achieved a wide audience in the 1760s, with the first luxurious volumes of tightly-controlled distribution of Le Antichità di Ercolan. The antiquities of Herculaneum showed that even the most classicizing interiors of the Baroque, or the most "Roman" rooms of William Kent were based on basilica and temple exterior architecture, turned outside in: pedimented window frames turned into gilded mirrors, fireplaces topped with temple fronts, now all looking quite bombastic and absurd. The new interiors sought to recreate an authentically Roman and genuinely interior vocabulary, employing flatter, lighter motifs, sculpted in low frieze-like relief or painted in monotones en camaïeu ("like cameos"), isolated medallions or vases or busts or bucrania or other motifs, suspended on swags of laurel or ribbon, with slender arabesques against backgrounds, perhaps, of "Pompeiian red" or pale tints, or stone colors. The style in France was initially a Parisian style, the "Goût grec" ("Greek taste") not a court style. Only when the young king acceded to the throne in 1774 did Marie Antoinette, his fashion-loving Queen, bring the "Louis XVI" style to court.
following the trend? are you in or out?
that is the question!

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