Pretty is back! Case in point… the early 1900s San Francisco home renovated by architect Gil Schafer, decorated by Miles Redd, and featured in the January issue of Architectural Digest. The current homeowners are a couple with four young children who wanted “old-fashioned, deep-dish decorating” with acres of chintz, bullion fringed sofas, ball gown curtains, fine antiques, well-worn Persian rugs, layers of paintings, and clusters of blue and white porcelain. Despite the fact that the interiors were completed just seven months ago, they exude the Anglo-Continental elegance that was de rigueur in the 1980s, complete with the “noble clutter” that often took generations to achieve. Redd drew inspiration from the great designers of the past – Elsie de Wolfe, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin – to create a classically traditional home that will stand the test of time. Photography by Trevor Tondro with captions by Mitchell Owens for Architectural Digest.
In this feature, Architectural Digest proclaims “Tradition may be out of fashion at the moment…” however based on the overwhelming and positive response I have received to this month’s “anti-trend” theme, AD, I must respectfully disagree! “…but given the allure of this family-friendly anachronism on the West Coast, perhaps it’s time to start stocking up on languishing antiques,” they conclude, and I couldn’t agree more!
“It’s a great, interesting, eclectic mix, the modern next to something very old,” said the homeowner. “And it’s still going to be amazing in 30 years. This will hold up.”