The best part of moving into a new place is DECORATING. Okay, maybe not for everyone, but for me, this is the best part.
I’m actually a little worried that when I’m finished (I mean, are we ever “finished” though?) I’ll be bored and have nothing to do… and then I promptly remind myself that I moved to get busy working and so hopefully I’ll find myself buried in exciting new and creative work opportunities when I do finally finish and I’ll be free and uncluttered and able to jump right in. Yes, I’ve got it all planned out and yes, the timing is perfect 😉
Since my townhouse was built in or around 1980-81, it lends itself very well to a contemporary design aesthetic and I am not mad about it at all! In fact, I haven’t really decorated in a contemporary vibe since my early twenties when I lived in The Hills, as the reality show so famously nicknamed (in or around 1999). I was in Laurel Canyon, at the top of the actual-famous-for-murder-street, Wonderland Ave on Crescent Drive with a view of the entire city and on clear days, the ocean (I found the house on Zillow, it looks beaten up in the pics but if you look at the street view and spin it around, you’ll see the view I’m talking about). It was incredible actually. The sunsets were outrageous! My then boyfriend and I rented the top half of the house, 2+2 with a garage and a deck overlooking that incredible view for $1200 a month. Anyway, that was the last time I found myself surrounded by contemporary furniture and it’s kind of fun to be revisiting it now.
Even though I have much knowledge of the designers that famously made the contemporary eras what they were, have many books on the subject, was schooled on the topic by a snooty sales woman once at a trendy design store in Beverly Hills when helping my boss furnish the art gallery years ago, and have done much research since, it’s still fun to peruse Pinterest for the latest version of how designers are pairing contemporary furniture and combining it with a modern 80s feel and incorporating it with some newer classic pieces and creating a new look that feels completely fresh and modern again.
In my search, I found this recent issue of Casacor magazine (2022) featuring contemporary modern furniture and 80s inspired interior design and loved it so much I had to share. While some of these spaces do feel a little over the top trendy, I think pulling bits and pieces as inspiration to update what I already have is fun. Also, everything else seems so boring and outdated now in comparison, which is funny because for so long we turned our noses up to anything 80s-90s decor related and just as everything seems to eventually come back around, it too is having its day in the sun, but with a complete reboot in textures and form. My aim is to somehow mix a bit of mid-century modern with a 60s flare and a fresh 80s kick… whaddya think? Too much? Could be, we’ll see how it all comes together 😉
I love everything about the room above.
But one of my favorite design trends now (and even back when I was redoing my A-frame office) is what I dubbed “old world meets contemporary” which is a mix of hard contemporary lines in furniture and surfaces (like stone and marble) combined with an old European antique feel… I don’t know how else to put it but I love it. I’m sure there’s a name for it so please tell me on IG if you know!
I also love the way nature is brought indoors here… I love seeing lots of trees though the windows and carefully placed trees and plants indoors as well.
Full Magazine here: Anuário CASACOR SC 2022: confira todos os detalhes da mostra!
Happy Sunday Lovecats!
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