[Miles Redd-designed room photographed by Simon Upton and published in Elle Decor, February 2009.]
Yesterday Stefan left a great comment on one of my blog posts. Basically he noted that it's really only design professionals and self-described decor junkies who notice when certain elements, for example Foo dogs, go through a spell of being very hot.
Stefan says, "You pick and chose which trends fit your tastes and then carry them with you your entire life. I don't believe in interiors as 'fashion' per say -- they should reflect your growth, through time, with items from different periods and interests of your life."
For me, the thing that's remarkable about the Redd dining room shown above is that while it's done up with pieces design enthusiasts may fondly associate with the past few years (Foo dogs, suzanis, faux-bamboo chairs with leopard-print velvet seat cushions, de Gournay handpainted chinoiserie silk wallcovering, Greek key trim on bottle green curtains), it is completely timeless. All of those elements have been around for centuries. They experienced a bit of a resurgence during the last decade but they're here to stay. And Redd has the skills to weave everything together so that the room doesn't become a period piece.
In the Elle Decor story, Mitchell Owens quotes the designer: "Life in the 21st century means taking the best of history and making it work for you."
It's not in my nature to do rankings, but if I did, the room might just be on my "best of the 2000's" list. Much more importantly, the magazine's editor in chief, Margaret Russell, included it in her new book, Style and Substance, The Best of Elle Decor.