Mid-century decor epitomizes ageless style

This is one of my favorite locations to shoot in St. Louis because it’s constantly evolving and always Hollywood luxe. I told the owner that when I’m here, I don’t want to sit, I want to lounge, drape, perch, preen and sip champagne. It’s the most inspiring home I’ve ever visited. There is something so clean and fresh and lush about every little detail.

I’ve been to parties here and I’ve visited when he was alone. It always feels a little surreal.


Midcentury2012_1crop Midcentury2012_2cropMid-century modern in downtown St. Louis

ls1home1010Occasionally, I shift focus and write a story about home decor and design. There are so many similarities in trends and aesthetics that it’s an easy transition. The way we dress our homes has a lot to do with the way we dress ourselves. I think your environment as a whole is very important when it comes to style. A dowdy home can affect your persona. With spring I’ve recently been writing about cleaning and decluttering and creating visual and physical space to breath in your closets. The same goes for your decor.

When I wrote this about modern mid-century furniture I explained:

After the bloated siege of the overstuffed couch, the “chair and a half,” and mountainous mattresses, the sleek and sexy era of midcentury modern is back with a vengeance.

A slew of vintage stores cater almost exclusively to the era, and big box stores from Kmart to Crate & Barrel have knock-off versions of low-profile sofas and slick nesting tables.

Midcentury modern is as persistent as ’80s music in the realm of things that refuse to go out of style. But unlike the music genre, an Eames tulip chair is less likely to cause waves of nausea.

“One thing that makes it enduring is that it was scaled for postwar houses. … It was made to be uncluttered,” said David Deatherage of Century Design Ltd. in St. Louis (Editor’s Note: The lovely home in the photographs belongs to him).

Deatherage prefers what he calls “Hollywood Modern” (also referred to as “Hollywood Regency”) pieces of the era but mostly from the 1930s and ’40s. The pieces are low-profile and slim, but they have an innate opulence — glowing acrylic accents, curved edges, glossy finishes, crystal embellishments and sculptural details sitting atop luxuriously plush rugs.

Read the entire story and see more photos on how to Refresh with Modern Midcentury Furniture.

We also shot a fashion spread here for the holidays called, Ditch the Little Black Dress … Wear Pants.


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