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.