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birthstone

Nice! My mother, who had 'elegance' in a few ways (style of furniture, table settings, culture and intelligence), and clutter in others (caring, helpful, busy, loving) ways always calls my house "Ooh - so elegant!" when she comes over. That always makes me laugh. My daughter and son-in-law have yet to follow in the elegant footsteps, but they are happy and fun. Someday maybe they will shift into that. My son is closer to 'elegant' and he's in college still ;)

   
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Coastal Radiance Lighting

I feel I need to point out that the minimalism of the photos and so beloved of the article's definition of elegance is a design trend like any other.

Other times, other ages certainly achieved design elegance in their interiors and couture, without ending up with this everlasting Scandinavian style.

Witness the Victorian period, which delighted in excess of line and pattern; not to your personal taste, perhaps, but hardly lacking elegance.

It seems so odd to hear the phrase 'classical" and "timeless" batted about when its nothing of the sort, and in fact the users mean "its white and I like it."


JMHO.

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Sally Unger

What an interesting article and discussion. As a novice who appreciates elegance but has little idea how to implement it, I appreciate the ideas set forth by the author and those who commented. I've googled "elegance" and there is surprisingly little assistance in defining what makes a design elegant. Thanks - now I'm a little bit closer to being able to achieve the design I want in my home. But I agree that these particular images aren't very representative. I'd love to see more articles on elegance so that more points of view are represented and alternate images of elegance are presented.

   

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