Undefinable style…in search of the UNtrendy

Undefinable style…in search of the UNtrendy

So much of what we read in the design magazines is about what’s in and what out. Do we really need to throw out that chevron rug we bought three years ago? What about anything neon? How do we get off this roller coaster where the second we buy something we absolutely love, some knock off cheap version of it is available at every discount shop 2 months later.

I constantly tell my interior design clients to avoid the trends completely and stick to what they love. I even encourage people to look at old magazines and movies to find things that just haven’t dated!

If you can name your preferred theme…i.e. Hamptons or Scandi, then most likely it WILL date. On the other had if you can’t really put your finger on what style your living room is, say Boho Beachy with a NY loft twist…then I approve!

I love this living room. Checkout that preppy striped rug with a shaker chair, classic end table and glamorous glass lamp. The oversize pot plants and beams with pa Spanish corbels just top it all off beautifully!

On the other side of the spectrum is this modern space…its like Palm springs meets nouveau with a little nod to the 70’s!


So Hamptons style gets injected with a good dose of bohemian styling, eclectic indigo block printed cushions and the totally unexpected cactus! Love it.


This space is all about texture, interesting patterns in the woodwork, painting, vintage leather and throw all work together off that classic timber floor to say understated glamour and uber chic.

How do you create your own signature look? Start by writing down things you have loved and coveted for years…leather chair, colourful rug, slipcover sofas? Then, start researching online. Check out some of the furniture shops that have a really wide variety of pieces like Temple and Webster so you don’t get lured into just one style. Start pasting images into a page for just one room like your living room…cut and paste your heart away until something starts to click. Don’t ask yourself if it “goes” just if you love it! Then stand back and see if things work together. Trust yourself – You are better at this than you think!

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