Tuesday, March 6, 2012

10 odd yet essential elements...patina

Continuing with Deborah Needleman's
10 odd yet essential elements of style...
The others we've covered are Mirrors, here, An Odd Chair, here, Jollifers, here
and A Little Animal, here.
~  Patina  ~

"a home needs some of the softness of old wood, the dullness of aged metal, the subtle colors of an original
 paint job or fabric faded by the sun.  Without a little of this, a house feels cold and untouched by human life.
 Life is messy and gloriously imperfect, and a few signs of wear and tear indicate a well-loved, well-used home.
 And, a home that looks well-loved and well-lived in usually is."

This could be my favorite essential, so far...



 Katrin Cargill Carol Glasser Interior Design

Architectural Digest


I think my home is in need of a little patina,
 I can picture an old rustic coffee table in my family room.

How about you, got patina?


Lisa Scibilia said...

I love this idea - that a well-worn home is a beautiful thing. I couldn't agree more that some imperfections in a home add character and warmth. Homes that have all brand-spanking new furniture are definitely missing a certain something - I suppose it's patina!! Thanks for sharing this train of thought, Pam!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Sometimes it's hard to differentiate between "patina" and "worn out" :) but your inspiration photos are gorgeous! I think these items add such interest, especially if there is a good story to go along with them!

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

I can jump right on this train. "Worn" decor has a story to tell. Love it!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Patina is great whether newly added or aged over time. I like it when mixed in with other elements. It is rustic but could look refined in some settings, like something that has stood the test of time. I love all the pictures.

Nancy said...

Oh I love this post. A little "patina" in every room, sure is 'grounding'. LOVE that metallic grass cloth, and I think that bedroom is the dreamiest ever!!!
Have a great day, Pam

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

In the old days we would call something worn, rustic, aged, etc. Now we have the lovely word, Patina. Much nicer and I loved your pic's.

Lori said...

Beautiful collection of photos, Pam. I need to "get patina." That bedroom is dreamy. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Love ALL of those examples! I love mixing the old with the new-it makes for such an interesting vignette.

Cathy Wall said...

You nailed the visual of patina Pam! Does "beat up by your kids over the years" count as patina? If so I definitely have it at my house!

Holly said...

Tee hee...I like Cathy's comment. I almost think of patina when I think of your home - you've got those rustic touches here and there. I think that first photo is from the home that was featured in the NY Times not long ago. I'll have to go look up the name of the design firm. I also always think of the Gianetti's when I see or hear the word Patina, do you have their book, Patina Style?

Stacy Curran said...

I love this look, too, and posted a huge piece on it a while ago and convinced myself that I needed some patina in my life. But it just doesn't fit with the rest of my stuff. I have to keep reminding myself I can't do every style in one house! LOVE the Greige images...one of my favorite blogs

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I love everything about the first image, and those stairs are just too much! I am loving the posts her book...would you believe me if I told you I bought it and haven't cracked it open...sad but true! You are making me excited to sit down with it on an open afternoon!

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Agreed! A little patina adds character and interest to a space. Gorgeous inspirations, I love the first image.


You have touched on one of my favorite things. I have always loved a little "old"thrown in!!! It really gives a room interest!

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