Ok so we have the "Tiring trends" and "Design Pet Peeves", well...
Luv Romantic
December 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
What about the "Timeless". I would really like to know what is/are considered timeless design/timeless pieces. I keep hearing about it but have never gotten a good understanding of what that is (unless I missed it).

Can anyone give examples of "Timeless" design/pieces? And explain why they are "Timeless" as opposed to "Trendy"?
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Brenda
to me a "timeless design" would be room you walked into and couldn't tell when the last major renovation/remodel was done. I think that is EXTREMELY rare -- actually, I'm not sure I've ever experienced that. I recently came across a stack of 20 - 30 year old Architectural Digest magazines in my attic ... even those rooms looked dated to me, and most could be pinpointed to the mid 80's.

there are many classic PIECES that don't go out of style, but 'timeless (interior) design' may just be something we tell ourselves when we're hoping this will be our 'final' remodel.
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Luv Romantic
Ok then give me an example of the timeless "Pieces." We have heard of the "trends", I just want some example of the timeless now.
December 4, 2013 at 11:55am     
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Luv Romantic
And tell me what makes that piece a "timeless" piece and not a "trend".
December 4, 2013 at 11:56am     
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Darzy
Carrera marble is classic and still looks fabulous.
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Aggie dba Aggie Designs
Scandinavian Design Comes to mind because it works with both classic and contemporary spaces, and incorporates furniture and accessories from different eras, and uses white, etc..
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Darzy
Yes, clean line furniture.

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Darzy
I asked the question on the "pet peeves" thread on what would make a timeless kitchen backsplash. Truly would love ideas on that.
December 4, 2013 at 12:07pm     
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Brenda
not "timeless", but "classics" -- a Biedermeier chest ... an Eames lounger ... a Louis Vuitton briefcase ... A Frank Lloyd Wright Utopian house ... a Gibson guitar ... a Coco Channel dress ...

These are all "classics" ... what do they have in common?

unsurpassed quality, attention to detail, originality (in their day) ...
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Darzy
I know some make fun of my leopard print suggestions but in reality it's been around forever and is classic. It looks great in a "touch" in almost any style.
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Glamorous
Caress by Shaw
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klf78
Timeless I envision Ralph Lauren and trendy I envision Jonathan Adler. Stripes, saturated paint colors, American flags vs. bold design, geometric patterns and loud colors
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halfpint2
I think antiques in prime condition never lose their appeal. They can be reupholstered and painted to fit into a modern home or any home really.
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2dogssashatess
Yes, I agree that Beidermier furniture ( or much of it) is classic. Some art deco furniture is timeless too,. It is about having clean lines.
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2dogssashatess
I don't think we can make a blanket statement that antiques never lose their appeal. Antiques can be faddish like anything else. Very dark, highly carved, huge pieces of furniture seem to be out., balloon backed cedar dining chairs are out etc.
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Agree with half pint. Good antique chests or chairs are timeless. They can be mixed with any style: traditional, transitional...but especially contemporary! Also LOVE animal prints...as pillows or occasional pieces. Totally timeless. Good quality wool rugs, especially in Oriental style or Arts and Crafts patterns in either neutral tones or reds and blue combos. They always work. Plantation shutters on windows are another timeless design.
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Darzy
Some people hate these floors but I think Saltillo tile and parquet still looks great. And, of course hardwood floors.
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Brenda
I agree Darzy -- love all three
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Luciana
Bookcases and book shelves with 'real' books (not bought by the meter in matching colours). Or just library rooms in general, imagine a high back leather wing chair, brown earthy tones and a glass of cognac... oh and a grandfather clock and a piano (all classics in my opinion).

And if everybody says Eames lounger, what about Wassily chair - I think that's a classic too (I still can't decide between them...)

And don't forget iconic lighting - too lazy to mention who and what, but hopefully you know who and what I mean.
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Brenda
I like the look of the Wassily chair, but the Eames is MUCH more comfortable. But agreed -- both are iconic.

lighting ... Nelson bubble lamps ... Tiffany leaded glass lamps ...
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Luv Romantic
@Luciana, I don't...I'm slow like that.
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Leslie Savannah Designs
Timeless to me is any material, such as hardwood floors, that look as beautiful today as they did when they were installed. Hardwood is equally at home in a contemporary, rustic, farmhouse or ultra-modern setting. I also agree with animal prints in small doses, love them...and classic white subway tile. I know a lot of people put this on their "Tired Trends" list, but think about it...It is in the original Biltmore House kitchen and is still relevant today.
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Luciana
Oh Luv, I'm not falling for that! I'm seriously too tired to do this now; just pick anything by these guys Achille Castiglioni, Giancarlo Mattiolo, Poul Henningsen, Tiffany, Verner Panton, Vico Magistretti, Wilhelm Wagendield (this was a copy/ paste job - I'm not that clever!) and you are set. Also, most of the stuff Artemide (like Nesso) or Flos (arco) sell. Whatever Karim Rashid dreams at night (I totally adore what that guy comes up with!) or Kundalini.
Probably tomorrow I'd be able to think of more, now I just need my bed. Nite-nite!
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Luciana
And, and, Lalique pieces and Galle vases and Daum jades!! That's it, I'm done!
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indianpatti
Timeless is going to mean different things to everyone. IMO, timeless pieces are those which are not trendy or fashionable. They can be very expensive heirlooms such as a Louis X111 sofa or just a quality chair with clean, simple lines. I also think timeless pieces tend to be made of natural materials like wood, silk and granite.
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dclostboy
The original Barcelona chair and anything by Hans Wegner.
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Ann
Agreed about hardwood floors. I like real (preferably antique and aged) oriental or prayer rugs like this beauty I was lucky to inherit. I think antique rugs like this are timeless.
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Ann
Beautiful crystal barware.
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groveraxle
Ann, that rug is gorgeous! I don't often covet, and I'd have no where to put it, but I'd like to just sit on it for awhile.
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MS Colours Inc
This kitchen we did will always be in style. The accumulated room produces a style that stands the test of time.
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mommickey
Stickley pieces come to mind, henkel harris, henredon, maitland smith, baker etc. But just a breakfront can run about 40,000. Nice pieces if you like traditional. I went through that phase. Going with modern and sticking with it. Ralph lauren I like some of his pieces.
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luvdecorating2
Is my room timeless or trendy?
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MS Colours Inc
One could honestly try some custom made pieces for variety. The hand made pieces offer character that can not be obtained on a massed produced pieces.
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saratogaswizzlestick
I think of decorators that mix a variety of styles like Sister Parrish or a life view like Frank Lloyd Wright who have such a strong aesthetic that it always feels fresh and yet classic.
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Darzy
@luvdecorating2 your dinette is classic!
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m3459
Timeless are those pieces that you have owned for decades and throughout all the moves from one house to another, you NEVER have trouble finding a place for them.

Mine include my very first "antique" acquired when I was in college and had to put it on layaway to own it. It cost $100 TOTAL!! It is a library table in pristine dark tiger oak. It has been a desk, an entry table and is now my bedside table.
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luvdecorating2
Thank you Darzy!!!
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solincia
Crown molding, tall baseboards, wainscoting, paneled pocket doors, real hardwood floors, real wood furniture, a good quality davenport in neutral upholstery, white or black wood cabinetry, agree on Herman Miller lounger, Stickley, wassily chairs, adirondack chairs, rolled arm wood English garden benches... Oh the list goes on!
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Ann
Thanks Grover. Since the rug is soooo old, the original rust color has faded to pink and since I don't have pink rooms, I had to decorate a kind of zen room around this rug. A great aunt purchased this rug in India in her world travels many, many years ago and it was an antique when she purchased it. Nobody wanted it when she died so my mother-in-law stored it in her basement. I like blue so my MIL gave it to me and it lived in my store room for years. Finally a few years ago, I thought of it, and created a room around it. It's one of my favorite things now after it lived rolled up in store rooms for 50 years or so. I flipped over a part of it so you can see how very much it's faded and what its original color was. I've thought about using it with the back side up, but it's really rough feeling on that side. I know, TMI:) Oh, and the fringe isn't original, my MIL had it added (unfortunately, but I could cut it off).
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smartin1
Anything that is the opposite of this.
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smartin1
Seriously, I have a kitchen table that I bought when we first got married, 24 years ago. I've had 4 sets of chairs with it, but the table has never looked better.
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J Petempich
I have lived a long time and there isn't anything that is completely timeless. To want change is part of being human.
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Luv Romantic
@smartin1--So funny! Wait is that yours?!
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eightpondfarm
i sell antique Persian rugs.
December 5, 2013 at 6:16am   
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apple_pie_order
Well designed furniture goes out of style for forty or fifty years, then reappears as a vintage choice by the more-taste-than-money crowd. After another ten years, it's declared a classic. Nothing looks more dated than an item that was fashionable ten or fifteen years ago. The more fashionable, the more outdated it will look. Stickley, Mission, Danish modern, Hollywood Regency were all things that were sold by their original owners (and their children) at garage sales thirty years ago.

Some current good designs that I think will become classics sooner or later: Louis ghost chairs. Ikea Pong chairs. The simplest wing chair recliners sold as "dad's chair" (not the heavily padded ones with the huge arms). Sofas with tidy, not sprawling, rolled arms will come back in another decade or two.
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eightpondfarm
unique well made pieces are timeless and don't ever look dated. the more exquisitely made, the more distinctive it was within it's age, the more it will span time and trends. here is a rug from my collection. it's unique in it's color and that it was ended without design being finished. it's 3/4s of a rug! closer inspection would show that it's tightly knotted and very square. if anyone is interested in seeing a few of the rugs i have for sale go look in my "carpets" idea book :-)
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Sustainable Dwellings
Vintage Stickley= Timeless.
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Maison Pompeii Antiques and Interiors
For me what makes a room timeless is proportion. good case peices, chairs etc from any era can be timelss when in good proportion. It does not matter how old or fine an item is if it is not in proprtion.
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eightpondfarm
if you see ....for example... a drum shade EVERYWHERE then steer clear of that look. the more popular, the more trendy, the less likely to survive fashion swings. on hgtv house hunting shows i'm always sooooo annoyed by folks who walk into kitchens and declare it dated and want to get stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. well, THAT is a trend. and that look will date your kitchen. when you are doing what everyone else is doing that look will be passé and will lock in a dated look to your room more than anything else will. don't follow trends and you won't be left behind in a couple of years. set your own style. and choose a few VERY well made things. unique things.
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lvstotrvl
Timeless to me is old oak hardwood floors that have been well taken care of, also white appliances. I know everything is stainless steel today but I remember when everything was Coopertone, Cream or Gold color too. If i'm not mistaken they had an Aqua color too!
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Lynnie
In other words, furniture or pieces that you could never see going out of style. Some of the 1960's designs actually are very in right now, because they are timeless. Same with certain looks in the 1940's, They are not ultra modern, nor are they ultra antique looking. This site has many looks that you probably would love: http://www.lorts.com/?gclid=CP72keHUp7sCFeN_QgoddRcA2A
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dawnstrazzeri
I bought expensive trendy artwork in the 80s, that now look dated. Inherited my in-laws artwork from the 60s and it looks great!
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dawnstrazzeri
I agree with eightpondfarm about stainless steel appliances looking dated. However, with the many different colors and designs, and durability of granite, that won't look dated. It's been out there for 25 years and still going strong!
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