This year, I discovered the Amazon.com wishlist. What a wonderful influence this has had on my Christmas! I felt a bit strange creating the wish list, as it felt like I was asking for specific presents (which I was), but as the boxes from Amazon keep arriving for my family, I am so glad I did it. My children are getting so many wonderful books for Christmas instead of the usual assortment of toys that end up cluttering up the playroom.
Anyway, as I was 'researching' books to put on the list, I read a fair number of reviews on the latest design books out there. One review in particular has stayed on my mind, and I wanted to share it with you:
A review of the book John Fowler: Prince of Decorators, by John Witherspoon (the caps are his, not mine, sorry about that)
STUNNING-STUNNING-STUNNING!!!!! (5 stars out of 5)
OH, HOW I WISH TODAYS "INTERIOR DESIGN" GRADUATES AND MANY PRACTITIONER'S COULD OWN THIS BOOK AND DEVOUR ALL THE PHOTOS FOR THEIR CLASSIC BEAUTY!! THIS WAY THEY WILL KNOW WHAT GOOD DESIGN IS. THE INTERIORS DO STAND THE TEST OF TIME AND WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO LIVE...IN THIS DAY AND AGE IT IS ALMOST UNAFFORDABLE ON A LARGE SCALE TO DUPLICATE WHAT GENIUS JOHN FOWLER DID. IT CAN BE DONE ON A SMALLER SCALE.
RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF THAT HORRIBLE 50'S 60'S AND 70'S MODERN, WHICH IS SO COLD AND UNINTERESTING; AND LIKE A JACK DENST WALLCOVERING,THE LOOK IS DATED IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.
EVENTUALLY THE PENDULUM WILL SWING BACK TO GOOD DECORATING; WITH WARMTH. I WISH WE COULD GET BACK TO REALLY BEAUTIFUL DECORATING AND STOP THIS MADNESS OF PROMOTING TARGET AND WALMART CHEAPNESS.
JUST THROWING A BUNCH OF "STUFF" TOGETHER WITHOUT A PLAN AND A COMMON DENOMINATOR DOES NOT MAKE SENSE..THERE ARE TOO MANY SO CALLED "STARS" OF THE TV WORLD THAT PROMOTE BAD DESIGN AND DO NOT REALIZE THEY ARE MISGUIDING THE PUBLIC. THEY ARE JUST IN IT TO MAKE THEMSELVES FAMOUS....RIDICULOUS!!!
I do not know 'John Witherspoon', but I think his comments are very interesting. In fact, they remind me of something that I read in an interview with one of my decorating heroes, Kerry Joyce:
Another new trend that should be avoided is the '60s-retro-ugly-is-beautiful look. This may work for fashion (which is temporary fleeting), but if you dress your home that way your investment may be poorly spent. You may find yourself purchasing a new set of furniture in the near future. (Kerry Joyce)
I think that decorating is a personal reflection of a person's tastes, and if someone loves the retro look, great. I personally do not love it. I do not like to post negative critiques of designers work, mainly because it is rude, but also because I am not an expert on design. However, there have been some homes featured recently in Domino and other magazines that definitely make me wonder how they will hold up over time. I wonder if they will even hold up over 10 years!
What do you think about the 50s/60s/70s style comeback? Will it stand the test of time, or will be a trend that has its moment (again) then fade away in favor of the next trend in design?
(Edit: check out the comments section, there are some very interesting observations and comments on retro and trends in design! Thanks everyone!)