Just down the street

A recent before & after on Design*Sponge features a neighbor whose tastes run to “dark mid-century bohemian.” And chronologically at least, this is the perfect neighborhood for it, given its late-1940s origins.

(She also, as is seemingly required these days, has her own blog.)


  1. Tatyana »

    1 June 2012 · 7:24 pm

    A lot of “before”s are much better than “after”s. Besides, her idea of renovating the room consist of painting the walls and buying lots of chotchkes. That’s kinda silly, to say the least. Going room by room is not a wrong idea, just first she had to have an overall plan in mind – and she still does not as I understand.

  2. jsallison »

    1 June 2012 · 10:09 pm

    feh, sounds like yet another failed 5-year plan. Live in your rooms, they’ll figure it out as they go.

  3. Teresa »

    2 June 2012 · 11:26 am

    I figure when it comes to decorating… whatever works for you. Her style isn’t mine, but if it works for her that’s great. Looks like she got a number of comments on Design Sponge that like her style too.

    For me it’s too much on the clashing prints/colors. I need places in every room that are restful to the eye. Some people don’t like that and prefer something that stimulates the brain all the time. It’s too much for me. LOL.

    Then again the whole idea of sites like Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy are to give people ideas they can then modify to suit. It’s just as valuable to know what types of things you don’t like as well as what you do ;)

  4. CGHill »

    2 June 2012 · 11:35 am

    I go both ways: I could deal with a jazzed-up living room, but I prefer as bland a bedroom as possible. (After all, most of what I do in there will not involve looking at it.)

  5. Tatyana »

    2 June 2012 · 12:10 pm

    Every time I am surprised anew at how many people still think “it’s all a matter of personal taste…and there is no accounting for said”.
    Good design principles are universal, not difficult to understand and tons of accessible information are available for minimally curious. Yet, people still think Maxwell @ AT is professional interior designer and DS is a good model for laymen to emulate. I wonder if somebody would be merciful enough and bought for her Lilek’s Interior Desecrations

  6. Tatyana »

    2 June 2012 · 6:07 pm

    To show how to do eclectic mix right, here’s a house in Australia. Note the consistent use of same method in different rooms (arranging together collections of objects of same material or color and different shape, from sauce boats to chairs), same color scheme – with accent color of one room becoming a field one in another – and application of same wall treatment throughout, without becoming boring or predictable. There is a lot of chotchkes, too – by they are mercilessly edited and carefully put together so as to appear random. Bravo.

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