Good Questions: Save Me From The Craftsman Retro-Fest?

Good Questions: Save Me From The Craftsman Retro-Fest?

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 23, 2007

Hi AT, I am a brand new homeowner with a couple for questions I'd like to toss out to the style mavens at AT. My place is from 1900 and has a huge amount of quartersawn oak in the living and dining rooms. But I'm more of an eclectic painted wood girl, and I don't want to live in a Mission-style craftsman retro-fest...

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Every image I see on AT, other design blogs, and in all the shelter mags lately has painted wood and a modernist meets quirky meets hollywood regency style. So I'm not getting a ton of inspiration for how to embrace the oak

-How would you work all that wood? I'm not going to paint it
(although the country wood cabinets in the kitchen are on my list...)

-What color would you paint the room? It's fairly dark in general,
and has olive green walls now (even though they look lime in some of
the pix)

-What would you do with my little deco loveseat? It's badly
slipcovered by me right now--how would you reupholster it and what
sort of chairs would you pair with it?

Sorry for the terrible pix--all I have is a Treo. But they should
give you a general idea of what i'm working with.

Thanks for your ideas and inspirations!

A

Dear A,

You're asking for many tips here, so we're going to give you two and ask readers to simply add one or two to the list:

1. Paint your walls warm, off white - see Ralph Lauren's white's collection - but don't be afraid to do a deep off-white

2. Get a rug in that living room fast! Put down something that will contrast with the floor, either dark or light - not neutral.

3. Add two chairs that have COLOR to them (and leave the sofa for now). YOur room needs some "pop!" Add it in the chairs and if you go modern, that'd be a cool eclectic mix.

4. Take a look at this amazing house for inspiration (it's white yes, but old and eclectic in a way that we thought you'd appreciate): House Tour: Allyson & Max's Hudson Tour de Force

More tips?

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