A Recipe for Neoclassical Whimsy

I just posted a new design on Instagram and wanted to write a few words about it here because it’s been OVER ONE YEAR since I’ve made a blog post and if anyone comes here after seeing the Insta post, I want to confirm this blog site is ALIVE.

Not dead.

As it might otherwise appear.

This is the new design.

Which is actually a re-work of an earlier design.

Here is the earlier one.

Not too different, but I thought it could be stronger. More focused. So I changed it and now I like it better.

I thought the first one was charming. I think the new one even more so.

Now, I’m going to contradict myself….comparing the two, you see I tightened up the negative space. But I also want to keep it light and open, so maybe I went too far. Not sure. I’ll look at it again tomorrow, and probably the day after that, too.

So, I tightened up the negative space, added trim to the curtains, more color to the wall and a striped box, mimicking the curtain pattern, on top of the commode.

I’d be interested in what you think. It is possible to make things too tight. If I really want to go crazy ( and I often do ) I could make a third board that includes elements of both. Keeping it light and open while adding punch.

my recipe and inspiration for neoclassical whimsy

First, I love antique furniture and traditional details, you know, wall brackets and porcelain plates, etc. but I also want fresh and unpredictable. So I used vibrant color and mixed unusual elements like a Hollywood Regency chair and 19th c Swedish wallpaper with a neoclassical commode. It delights me to combine fine elements in unexpected ways. This is not a new concept but I can’t say I’ve seen exactly this before.

And then there’s whimsy; the key is whimsy without cute, tradition without stuffy. So that’s my recipe.

With every board I make, I conceive an infinity of new possibilities so, I’m going to get back to work.

I welcome your comments!

an elements board

I thought it might be fun to do a

Get the Look board.

But that’s not so easy. Most of my elements are antique and therefore hard to duplicate. After a couple hours of seeking replacements for the irreplaceable, I gave up.

So, now it’s simply an elements board.

Ta daa….

My

all the elements of the board

board

Now I’m done.

Happy October 2020! and remember this too shall pass

xo

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