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Saturday, July 5, 2008


The previous decorating decade was defined by wenge wood, Christian Liaigre, John Pawson, phalaenopsis orchids, tumbled stone surfaces, Palladian windows, decorative boxes of grass, sage green and the ascendancy of Pottery Barn. As we wind up the Aughts, a few trends have most definitely made their mark.

Hollywood Regency (David Hicks and Parish-Hadley on crack as envisioned by Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler)

Mirrored furniture (I'll be glad to see this one go)

Zebra rugs (bonus points for red coral and Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities)

Starburst mirrors

Outdoor rooms

Disney-fied French country and Tuscan themes (thank you Ballard Designs)

All white kitchens, usually with subway tile backsplashes

What other trends have I overlooked and what do you think the interior design legacy of the Aughts will be?


Robin said...

"Disney-fied French Country and Tuscan" -- That's it!! Perfect description. I despise that pseudo-european look, best exemplified in designer showhouses, with tons of beige, beige and more beige tumbled marble, carved wood and wrought iron furniture. Blech.

What about vessel sinks? I think their day has come and gone yet the big box DIY stores still tout them as the be-all and end-all in the modern bath.

On the positive side, I think lighting fixtures are more beautiful and widely available than they have ever been. Now if we could just use regular lightbulbs instead of being made to feel guilty about not using compact florescent bulbs...

perchance said...

You're so right! I forgot bowl-on-the-counter sinks, even after I snarked on them:

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

OMFG zebra rugs. Starburst mirrors gnnaauuughhhh. Aauuuughuuuggghhh. Hurk.

[Okay, got that out of my system.]

A very comprehensive list, except you forgot to specify that in those all-white kitchens with subway tile backsplash, bin pulls are the preferred hardware. Good god I am so sick of bin pulls.