Sunday, June 28, 2009

Old is new again...

Everything old is new again...I went to a fabulous Barn sale on Sat. given by Tarte. Cindy displayed her wares in ways that made you want to buy everything, even if it wasn't your "look." There has been a movement for sometime by the younger adults to move towards the past is part of the DIY groundswell. All the knitters and quilters and crafts people that have turned back time. I was into it in the 70's and loved all things antique...then I moved away from antiques into comfortable modern.
However I try to introduce antiquity into the mix with my interior design clients and some of my suggestions are met with success. I used three old mud crusted urns wrapped with rope and paired with a very modern light fixture 10 years ago in a west hills modern home and it's still relevant today. In this same home I used a beat up Chinese chest to house their audio equipment and it adds just the right balance to a very modern room.
My feeling is that every home needs some patina. I have some old wooden boat floats from my grandmother that she got in the 40's resting on my fireplace mantle, that I just could not live without.
The king of all things old is my fellow designer Rolfe! He has a home filled with collections of old measuring devices and architectural columns,books and much more. Our penthouse creation for the Urban Street of Dreams is filled with that mix of crisp modernity and burnished antiquity a timeless combination...Opening August 1st!
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Stephen said...

I agree... I don't want to live in a museum full of only period antiques & I don't wish to live in a showroom with just modern pieces.
We should have furnishings that have memories.

"When trumpets were mellow
& every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
'Cause everything old is new again

Dancin' at church, Long Island jazzy parties
Waiter bring us some more Baccardi
We'll order now what they ordered then
'Cause everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes & tails
Let's go backwards when forward fails
& movie stars you thought were alone then
Now are framed beside your bed

Don't throw the paast away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

& don't throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again"


vicki archer said...

I could not agree more Kimberlee - patina is essential when creating a home, xv.