Black & White Wallpapered Bedroom - The Answer

Black & White Wallpapered Bedroom - The Answer

Janel Laban
Nov 17, 2009

We've always got an eye out for good potential "Guess the Decade" photos and this one really fit the bill - lots of detail to look over and a very distinctive style. But was it enough of a challenge?

...the huge majority (115) of readers who played along got it absolutely right - it is "now". 41 readers guessed the 70s. The 60s and 90s are tied with 18 votes each. 12 readers chose the 80s, 7 said the 40s and 3 went with the 50s.

We chose this room for the game because it had elements from so many eras - we could see it somewhat believably being from nearly any of the decades in our survey. But, perhaps that is what made it clearly "now" for so many of you - it's a bit of a decor retrospective!

The room was done for a 2005 Decorator Showhouse in San Francisco by Jay Jeffers. The wallpaper is from Studio Printworks and many vintage items are used, including a desk by Vladimir Kagan. More shots and details can be found right here at the Jeffers Design Group site.

Some interesting comments from the original post:

  • Even though it feels like it is really trying to "be" 1970 - it just has a now vibe. I think the chandelier is the biggest flag. Like the room though would not get a wink of rest on in there! - Beautyeverywhere

  • Trick question. It's Now, but intended with a 1970's vibe. Looks like something Kelly Wearstler would do. - bepsf

  • I love these posts ! I'm so bad at finding out the decade...The green says very now to me, and so does the midcentury modern chair painted and reupholstered. However, zebra print screems 90's to me (it's not back in fashion here in France), and so does that table. The bed is... I can't find the correct words. Hum... need to think about it more. - Loora

  • I think its actually a 1960s photo because the LP album jacket on the ottoman in in stone mint condition. - poppyhello

  • it's gloriously awful! 70's. - davidsl

    Thanks to everyone for playing along!

    Image: Jeffers Design Group


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