Katie Did It
For the most part I think I agree with Rose Tarlow: the word "dated" shouldn't come up too often in interior decoration because good design endures.
Having said that, sometimes we end up with pieces that are still good looking -- or even timeless -- but just are no longer us. When I was younger and given a four-poster bed, lighter and mid-tone woods were popular. (White curtains on beds were even more popular.)
Today my simple white bed curtains are still hanging around -- mainly because they hide an unsightly view without blocking sunlight. But I've been toying with the idea of investing in the full-on Casa Tua look (image three above). Really obscuring the wood or maybe changing the finish entirely.
Then Katie DID, with her sharp eye and great attention to detail, posted some fresh Peter Dunham images from her latest Western Interiors. The not-so-dark, Dunham-designed, four-poster hung with simple curtains -- no David Hicks canopy -- grabbed my attention (shown above top, pictures one and two). It's funny how you can fall for something all over again when someone you admire gives it his (or her) seal of approval.
Maybe I need to subscribe to Western Interiors.
Possible John Robshaw shams to add to the mix.
Above, the Costello bed has curtains similar to what I already have. Since there is a window behind my bed, I've kept the plain white to let in light but maintain privacy. I think Sara Ruffin Costello ebonized her old four-poster. Photo by Bruce Buck for The New York Times
Images one and two photographed by Grey Crawford. Image three is from Architectural Digest, Italy, via Casa Tua.