When it comes to design I have a love of the neoclassical era which spans the late 18th to early 19th centuries. This is also known as the English Regency, French Regency or Georgian periods of design. I bring this up because I recently scored a Hepplewhite inspired drop-top demilune game table which looks like it had a very hard life for the mere sum of $21.00. Every once in a while I like to take on rehab projects just to push myself into developing talents that are deeply buried. I already have the large frame that will one day become the mirror that will be paired with my new find. I feel encouraged by the fact that I have found similar original circa 1780 to 1810 and early 20th century reproductions that are either for sale or have been sold at auction at prices that range from $1150.00 to $2000.00. Not a bad return on investment for a healthy dose of elbow grease and time.
Little did I know growing up that countless trips to my mom’s favorite stomping grounds; yard or estate sales and the former Washington Design Center in SW were preparation for my second act. And who knew I would eventually make the transition from being a computer nerd to becoming a neoclassical nerd. So as I find myself on the hunt here are just a few of my favorite things about the neoclassical era that makes it the perfect pair up with contemporary and modern pieces for a transitional style of home décor:
- Classic is always in style
- Many of the pieces are multi-functional and can be used in various rooms
- You can’t go wrong by adding well made quality pieces of mahogany wood in your home
Here are a few pieces that state my case:
The image below from House Beautiful of a room designed by interior designer Ken Fulk illustrates how the right mix of old and new can add interest to a home’s décor without an overly formal and stuffy outcome.
House Beautiful – Ken Fulk Design
If you’ve looked at the latest Restoration Hardware or Ballard Designs catalogs clearly neoclassical inspired home furnishings are as relevant today as they were in the 18th and 19th centuries. But being a student of sustainable design my mission is to find high quality pieces in need of TLC and a nice home. It seems my mom introduced me to sustainable design long before it became a movement. So what do you say? Do you have an era of design that you’ll either mildly or totally obsessed with? Do tell.