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Test of Time

There are a few key pieces when furnishing a home that you can count on to last a very long time if you pick the right ones. Often people say that their styles have changed or that they have grown tired of their furnishings. Here are a few key pieces that I feel will stand the test of time. 

A tight back sofa. Clean lines with not too oversized arms.

A durable fabric and some throw pillows and you are set for a long time.


A beautiful lightly tufted Jansen sofa with just the right proportions.

picture-3Chinoiseriehas never gone out of style and it never will. I can’t resist papers by de Gournay


Even with contemporary furnishings and accessories the wallpaper still looks great.


A wing chair is also a good investment. There are many updated versions of the wing chair so it doesn’t have to look like your great-grandmothers. Williams Sonoma Home makes a nice looking with great looking nickel or brass nail heads.



A few good table lamps are key investments. A Bouillette Lamp has a more traditional look but when paired with some eclectic accessories or a more muted palette it doesn’t look too dated. Daryl Carter did this nicely, though I am not into the Georgia O’Keefe style accessories…


Beautiful Venetian glass lamps from John Salibello Antiques. 


A great four-poster bed from Ralph Lauren. I love the caning at the headboard.


A great kitchen table is essential to family meals. Whether your style is a little more traditional or transitional you can’t go wrong with a basic farmhouse table that will only get better with age. I would be especially happy if the farmhouse table was made with reclaimed wood.

picture-161Iconic fabrics should get their own post because there are too many to pick from. What I will say though is there are some trendy ones today and there are some classics. Many of the ones today are based on those from the master himself. If you know the history of a fabric it will never be dated. Thank you Mr. Hicks


When choosing coffee table books pick ones that you are genuinely interested in. They can make for great conversation topics. When working with a client I try to remember things that they like as we go through the process. A client might mention that he or she  loves Cy Twombly artwork or the style  of Bunny Williams. What never goes out of style is books that you are interested in and enjoy discussing.



A simple arrangement of peonies or hydrangea from your local farmers market is always classic.


The list could go on….A Billy Baldwin  étagère, a hand-knotted rug in beautiful colors, a klismos chair.  I think soon I will do a post on what I think is trendy today and what I doubt we will see in 25 years from now. 

In your eyes, what will stand the test of time?


Photo Credits: Baker Furniture (1), Jansen Sofa (2,Pigtown Design), de Gournay (3,4), Williams-Sonoma Home (5,6), Daryl Carter, John Salibello, RL Home, David Hicks, Ursus Books, Bunny Williams, Google images

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