Changing Tastes: Then and Now; The Foyer/Entrance


All of my design books are out in our family room where I spend the most time.  This past weekend, I took out some of my older books and enjoyed seeing what I had bookmarked years and years ago.  It really highlighted for me how much my taste in interior design has broadened over time.  And, of course, how styles have evolved.  I would have predicted that my tastes would have grown more conservative over time, but the opposite has happened instead.  My taste started out very conservative and traditional and is now much more casual, colorful and eclectic.  I absolutely still adore these photos I bookmarked years ago.  I thought it would be interesting to post some then and now photos to share and hear what you think.  I'll be sharing lots of gorgeous photos this week starting with the foyer/entrance hall.  The first six come from lovely books I haven't had out for years.  What a treat to see these rooms again.


The seven photos below are from my newer design books.

Michelle Nussbaumer

Miles Redd

Jonathan Berger

Tomorrow I'll share then and now dining rooms. It's so interesting to me to see the gorgeous classic rooms I've always adored, and the bold, more eclectic rooms I seem to find so appealing now.  If I had the option to redo my house, I think a balance between the two would be perfect for me.  Have your interior design tastes changed through the years, or do you stay consistent?  Please share!



Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Wow, I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately. In the last 10 years my tastes have broadened as well. 25 years ago when I was in design school, it was all modern and funky for me then as I had children and enjoyed home ownership I swung to the completely trad side of things. Now, in my forties, it is a mix of both. The look is,I think, indicative of knowing myself better, trusting my likes and also a bit more daring than sticking to a specific style.
Miles Redd is by far my favorite designer.

eddielicious said...

I wish i had the time, energy (and money :) to redo all my rooms every 7-8 years. Pinterest sure has me thinking though.............

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Thanks for this inspiration. It is exactly what I needed to push myself with my entry.

The enchanted home said...

All beautiful but the two first pictures speak to me the most and are calling my name. Love that old world traditional but still fresh feeling kind of decor..just gorgeous! I agreea about our styles evolving..they surely do but I have stayed true to what I love. Look forward to seeing more!

Things That Inspire said...

I love all of the images in this post - they are all dramatic, but in different ways.

I am still a classicist at heart - and I am a firm believer in classic and traditional in the architecture - all of these pictures share a classic architectural foundation. I like it when some of the changeable elements are more fresh and updated, such as in the Katie Ridder photo.

Love this post!

Junell said...

I have gone from classic traditionalist with a twist towards bold people to a trendy Transitionalist (Hollywood Modern + Palm Beach Chic) with a twist.... Always have taken risk with bold color ~ glad to see it in style now!

Gracious Living by Design said...

I see beauty in each of the photos. You selected spaces which are full of my favorite things! I'm mostly a classic traditionalist, yet I find myself gravitating toward mixing it up at times with pattern, color and texture.

After reading the comment by Things that Inspire, I began to wonder how we would feel if the photos were compared in black and white?? What if we also eliminated the element of pattern? And then texture(such as the high gloss)? Without those three major design elements, all the photos are still left with solid principles of design in place through balance, rhythm, proportion, emphasis and unity. The bones of these spaces are all still,in my opinion, classic. I think my point is that as designers we may change our style with regard to the elements we are drawn to and it's all good as long as we design based on the same solid principles. What do you think?


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