Just like in world of fashion, antiques and vintage items are subject to trends. Right now Chanel is doing a “Hippie Chic” look with price tags that are sky high. Next season it will be something else. Similarly, in the world of antiques and design, all things Midcentury Modern are hot. So at flea markets, antiques shops and auctions, those items now have higher price tags.
But what about items from other periods? Well, those price tags have gone down—significantly. It’s pretty much common knowledge in my circles that any ‘brown’ furniture, Oriental rugs, fine china, etc., are not commanding high prices. Everyone wants Midcentury Modern.
Well, I’m not everyone. And I know many of you might not be everyone either.
Midcentury Modern is great, but I’m partial to furniture and decorative objects from the 1930s and 1940s and earlier. I like the lines, the character and the overall look. So that’s what you’ll find in my home now. It’s also what you’d see in my home 10 years ago and likely into infinity.
I make no apologies for liking what I like and believe that it’s important to love what’s in my home, no matter what the trend reports say. In fact, I say, buy what you love, and it never goes out of style.
Look at Ralph Lauren, who is one of my business, design and home furnishings heroes. He has a signature look that doesn’t change much. It’s classic, comfortable and sophisticated. It’s also timeless.
I love this old wooden chest of drawers my friend Craig was selling at the “Antiques at Rhinebeck” event.
Whatever success I have as a designer comes from honoring what people love and creating spaces that speak to them. That means not creating spaces that look like what’s on trend at the moment. In fact, it’s those homes that in a few years often look most dated.
I receive lots of emails from people asking me about the value of their favorite possessions, and oftentimes they fall into categories that are not on trend (like brown furniture), and I say… hold onto it. Chances are it’ll be trending in a few years and you can sell it then. Conversely, if you know brown furniture and other items that are not white hot right now are your style, it is a GREAT time to buy!
Buy confidently based on what you love. Trends end. Buy what you love, and it never goes out of style!