About a year ago, when we started getting serious about building and designing, I came across a blog that has been my inspiration for every detail. I was looking for SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, who could finally tell me the difference between trendy and classic.
First, you have to define classic and that's where Laurel Bern comes in. I have never read a blog that has such sound information on decorating. Here's why I like her--
She is a designer in Manhattan, for over 30 years now, and the part of her education that means the most to me, is her education in the history of architecture and design (She's also a paint expert) She knows what CLASSIC is.
I know that HGTV and all their makeover and design shows are really popular, and some of their stuff is very nice, but there's always a trend being pushed, like barn doors and faux french kitchen (double ugh). Those are all fun and cute for a while, but they eventually date houses.
What is classic? Well, classic is something that has withstood the test of time. It also usually involves the golden ratio. Humans are attracted to mathematically pleasing ratios. That includes faces of beautiful people, designs in nature and architecture, clusters of objects and distances between objects. When people mess with the golden ratio, it makes things less appealing to the eye. We either ignore it completely or we subconsciously or consciously find it unattractive.
Laurel has everything from paint palettes, to how high you hang a chandelier, to which kind of hardware is not going to date your house. Everything is actually a matter of dates. According to Laurel, there were certain times in history when they utilized the golden ratio and sound architectural and design elements that were appealing. (The Greeks and Romans were known for it) These eras did NOT include the 70's, 80's 90's or 2000's. Surprise! I believe some design trends today will be sneered at in the near future.
So, if you are interested in an amazing blog and some humor thrown in with beautiful designs and ideas...Laurel Bern Interiors is where to go.