Is The Collected Look Out of Style?
by Lynn Byrne
By Lynn Byrne. Noted New York antique dealer, Niall Smith, says in an article in the October Elle Decor, that the collected look is “definitely out.” Granted he calls it the “cluttered look.” But the implication is that decorating with multiple groupings of objects gathered leisurely is no longer fashionable. He adds “simplicity is in.”
Of course, no one likes clutter. But I believe that a home where collections are varied and accumulate over time, still holds great appeal.
But it is not just these iconic decorating doyennes’ who favor a “collected” look in a home.
Just last month, the editor-in chief of Martha Stewart Living, Pilar Guzman, wrote about the new home for her young family as finally acquiring a needed “second layer.” She describes that desired layer as “the patina that settles once the smell of new paint wears off and your aren’t afraid to hang your favorite drawings and photographs or place sentimental objects on the mantel.”
Perhaps Smith would call that clutter, but I would call that life, and moreover, I think such living can be done with great taste. Here is a glimpse of Pilar’s vast book collection reflected in a mirror over her fireplace.
There are a few gallery walls in the brownstone as well–I just can’t scan at the moment (you don’t want to know) to show you. Grab yourself an issue.
Just this morning I came upon a blog house tour of a young family in one of my daily reads, Design Mom, which featured the home of Blair Stocker, author of wise craft blog. Her home was first shown on Apartment Therapy. Blair says that everything in the home was collected over time. It looks wonderfully cozy to me.
Just like home.
Do you think the collected look is passe?