Look We Love: Crumbly European Chic

Look We Love: Crumbly European Chic

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 21, 2015
(Image credit: Winkie Visser)

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'.

Here are some favorites:

  • The home of artists and Lili Nalovi and Jesko Willert, spotted on Sanctuary.
  • An appealingly textural space from Decor8.
  • 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.
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