November 8, 2011

A new version of classic "Early Americana" Interior Design

Truth be told the "Early Americana" style was shockingly more popular in Residential Interiors than even Art Deco back in the 1920's and 30's.  Remember when Lucy moved to Connecticut back in the late 1950's?  If yes, you're probably asking how and why could this look have ever been favored, let alone throughout most of the 20th century?  Dig a little deeper - make some key updates and you'll see that it's a question easily answered.

 House & Garden 1942:   It's time to make floral and chintz fresh again and I admit that I'm loving  braided rugs at the moment.   
1938 "Bringing up Baby" 
 If you haven't seen it - download it.  Aside from it being a great movie this house holds up
really well, so much so it would be seen again 7 years later  in the 1945 film "Christmas in Connecticut"
This vanity from the 1930's? Would still look beautiful today.
Exactly what I'm talking about!  These are new fabrics just arriving on the market. They have a beautiful vintage look but are in a modern relaxed linen finish. 

 Mix high and low,  formal and informal.
A good example is this 1880's antique portrait  juxtaposed with  painted 20th Century Windsors
  and a braided basket.

SCALE is one of the very best ways to modernize this vintage look.   As you can see - SO much is wrong in this 1948 photo.  From the scale of the dining table to the "itty bitty" art  between the  "itty bitty" sconces  - I mean, really?!?
Classic Americana home......

..... meets classic Americana dog

Homage to Albert Hadley:  The American Bald Eagle plays a huge importance in this look as well.
If this was a bit smaller  it would be wonderfully unexpected and modern to display it center stage - middle of a foyer.

Throw in at least something from the 60's or 70's - it will mix in EXTREMELY well!
This wallpaper beautifully integrates into the "Early Americana" style. 
It's actually also from my friend Meg Braff's  fabulous new line.

Other items I'd include with this look? A Perfect 1930's pair of Chinese porcelain lamp bases.
and  a William IV Rosewood table

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