There is a certain timelessness to traditional decor. My grandmother's home was built and decorated in the early 1960s, and with the exception of a "refresh" in the late 1980s, it looks virtually the same as it did from the beginning... and it still looks chic. Here are Vogue's nine tips, along with some inspirational images I have selected on how to achieve this classic look...
2. And, Specifically, With a Floral-Printed Fabric - Note: Different flower motifs can and should be used on items within the same room.
3. Consider mahogany - Quality is quality, so don’t worry about its dark hue.
5. Display Any and All Chinaware. You carefully collected or registered for these plates and dishes for a reason.
6. Everyone Needs a Good Ottoman. Whether it lives in front of the fireplace, or acts as a good footstool, the right ottoman will serve endless needs.
7. You Can Never Have Enough Throw Pillows. Go for ones that will keep their shape.
8. The More Figurines and Knickknacks, the Better Your world travels and idiosyncratic hobbies can and should be on display.
9. Needlepoints Are Your Friend. Why has this craft lain dormant for so many years, anyway?
So there you have it... From Vogue's lips to your ears. You can see these tips here. Now before you go spray painting Nana's heirloom antiques, you might want to think twice. And if you are interested in learning more about designing traditional interiors, two of my favorite books are The Pretty and Proper Living room by Holly Holden, and Traditional Interiors by Leta Austin Foster. What are your thoughts on traditional design? Are you ready for a comeback? I am!
Pat Buckley at home in her Sharon, Connecticut living room.
Photographed by Ernst Beadle, Vogue, February 1976
Love the caftan!