New things may be nice and shiny, but visually I think it's hard for them to compete with old things. Old things have a lovely texture, a certain presence. I think this is what Americans love so much about European architecture, that all the buildings have a sense of permanence, a certain ease in their own skin despite a few wrinkles.
It's also what I love about certain European interiors — that feeling of genteel decrepitude. Take a little crumbling plaster, add in some not-quite-new architectural details and a little eclectic furniture, and you have a look I like to call 'crumbly European chic'.
Note: not all these interiors are in Europe. They just have, you know, the general feel I'm looking for.
The owners of this Atlanta home, who converted it from an abandoned men's club, kept some of its decrepit charm. From Yatzer.
An appealingly textural space from Decor8.
A Mexican hotel from Yatzer. Doesn't that floor look so cool?
Side-by-side bathtubs, because in a space like this, why not? Also from Yatzer.
Dark, dramatic, and just a little crumbly. From Heart Home.
A little aging has done this bathroom from Boutique Homes good.
Frescoes, perfect for Pompeii or just for your Italian villa. From Archi Lovers.
There's so much beautiful texture in this space it's hard to know where to look. From Dwell.
A bathtub with some lovely tile and an old-world feel, from Desire to Inspire.
And finally, an event space spotted on Burnett's Boards, set up for a very small and very dramatic wedding. Crumbly, chic perfection.