The new trend in interior design is called "undecorating". Christiane Lemieux describes this new style in her book "Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design," as do-it-yourself design that is unfussy, lived-in, creative and imperfect. "In figuring things out yourself," Lemieux says, "including what you can afford, you make interesting decisions that wouldn't be made if money were no object—the imperfections, the real life demands are what inspires us." I do love the underlying philosophy of undecorating that values taste over expense and the surprises of accidental design based on a homeowner's personality. But I find the reality of it to be a bit cluttered and fussy. Especially for a smaller space.
The undecorating examples below all come from the Wall Street Journal article on Lemieux's book.
I love the gold chair, but the mantel feels crowded. And all the different styles in the room seem to be competing with each other.
The artfully unmade bed. One of the ideas behind undecorating is to welcome guests into a home as it is lived in.
I do like the contrast of pink and black in this room.
Let me know what you think about "undecorating"?