What's old is new again! The beauty of Classic style is how well it takes all of the beautiful forms, colors and textures of the past and reinvents them in a way that feels both fresh and inspired.
The style itself is a mix of European influences and French, English and Italian antiques and replicas are often used together. Furniture is well proportioned and comfortable and the rooms give off an air of sophistication and grace. Oil paintings depicting still-life or nature scenes and emphasizing symmetry of pairs helps maintain the traditional nature of the room. Windows are often covered with opulent fabric shades and/or drapery.
Traditional rooms give off an air of history that seems to say "I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone." And yet, even with this level of sophistication, the rooms are soft and inviting.
Tuscan sun, here we come! The Wine Country style reflects the feelings evoked by the seaside regions of Europe such as the South of France, Spain, Italy and Greece. The style manages to be both refined and casual, such that you can mix beautiful antiques with more rustic wrought iron or wood and the result is both sophisticated and cozy.
Furniture is large and comfortable, colors are bright and cheery, and regardless of the color palette the spaces almost always feel warm. You can easily translate the style into the perfect family environment but you can just as easily emphasize the more formal pieces and make your room the perfect adult getaway.
You can take kid out of the country but you can't take the country out of the kid... or is your theme "you can take the kid out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the kid?".
Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic/vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You've taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals to young and old alike. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay, or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.
My thoughts on "my style" I really think that each of these rooms could be found in my home one day. I love the Classic room for a family or front room. A room where we have family home evening, sit quietly and read books, or where we visit with the home or visiting teachers. I would also love to have a piano in a room like this. Although, I haven't seen my Aunt Kathy's family room in a couple of years, this room reminds me of her family room, I love it! So elegent and classic and yet comfortable.
The wine country style room looks to me like a perfect living room. Where we play games (perfect game table back by the windows) and enjoy the rowdy part of our lives...together. I love the oh so comfy looking couch and in front of that (which you cannot see, but you can imagine) is an armoire which hides our TV, and it has a beautiful wine country style plant on top.
And the rustic revival...that would be a great playroom/lounge room for playdates and MUCH more rowdy/busy playing. A perfectly comfortable couch where I and friends can supervise the chaos. I would put lots of children's books in this room and tons of fun and adventurous toys like....tunnels and a slide! Later when my children have grown I would turn this into a library. One day I'M GOING TO HAVE A LIBRARY. Ok, probably not.
And we're back to reality. Stay tuned for an exclusive tour of our small but lovable apartment. I truly do love it! Julie has been dying to see where we live, but you're all invited!
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