Thursday, February 24, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

Every now and then, I like to browse the real estate listings in Houston for fun. I enjoy looking at different types of houses in various neighborhoods and every now and then, I’ll find a home that is beautifully designed. A lot of times, I also come across homes from the 1950s or 1960s which seem to be unchanged since the owners moved in decades ago. Such is the case for the home this dining room belongs in. The home was built in the 1960s, has a nice floorplan and has been very well maintained. I was initially struck by the gorgeous chioiserie-style mirror hanging in the dining room. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the ikat wallpaper and the beautiful cane back chairs. If you were to take out the blue carpet, replace the chandelier with a more modern one and do a little styling, the room would look completely current. You can see a larger version of the photo in the real estate listing for the home.

Are there any elements of this room that you would keep? It’s funny how everything old is new again, whether we’re talking about mid-century interior design or 1970s-inspired clothes and accessories.

16 comments:

Jenna@simplybonvivant.com said...

I actually really like the bird lamp...I would spray paint it a more modern color...maybe just white or even a great green and refinish the actual table but I agree, old is new again!

Design Junkie said...

I like the whole vignette of the console, mirror and lamp! Very pretty.

Karena said...

The mirrorr for sure I love, love it!!

Paloma it is a very true quote.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

{jami @ i m a g i n e} said...

I LOVE this! Isn't that funny? I just staged a house for Nick last week that was in the exact same boat! I almost didn't change a thing!

XO - Jami
i m a g i n e

Sheri @ Design Pop Interiors said...

I actually like the brass chandelier. I think I would try some colored shades on it to make it pop a bit. I have one in our house and shades made a ton of difference.

My House, My Garden said...

I wonder if they will be selling their furniture? Very nice!

tale of many cities said...

the mirror.. for sure!

Cat @PerpetualPerfection said...

I browse Houston Real Estate as well! It is one of my favorite things to do! The mirror is to die for!

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David Toms said...

I actually like it the way it is, except for one change. I would also paint the dining table white to match the chairs!

The enchanted home said...

Its fun to pick apart rooms like that...first carpet would have to go. Next I would consider painting the table, not sure about white as it would be too start but how about a Chinese red in high gloss or a navy..that would be gorgeous! Last would change the chandelier but keep the bird lamp, mirror, paper and everything else!
The carpet and chandelier are what really dates this room in my humble opinion:)

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I'd keep the mirror - In. A. Heartbeat.
Your description of this house reminds me of my husband's grandparents' in River Oaks. It was a John Staub that they did once, and did very well. Very little changed from the time they built it in the 60s. When they passed away, and the estate was settled, there were many items that we see in "trend alerts" every day.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I would take the mirror too and maybe work on the chairs.

Jane Schott said...

"Everything old is new again...." If that mirror could talk!

Danielle said...

How wild...I would get a new modern dining table, remove the carpet of course, reupholster chairs in orange velvet and change out the artwork. I don't mind the chandelier. Fun post! I tend to redesign peoples homes in my head all of the time.

Sketch42 said...

I would love to see high gloss do a feature, even just a one page spread called "design time capsule" or soemthing like that where you feature untouched spaces... You could use my grandma's house for the first one!

Liina said...

Great post! I would take out the carpet, ditch the art work, upholster the chairs in orange and use the chandelier somewhere else (as I'm loving brass again:). This room would need a different type of light, maybe the Mooi white chandelier.