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Timeless design starts with simple, elegant pieces that never go out of fashion.

As a professional interior designer, I am often asked about the latest and greatest design trends. Many homeowners I meet want to make sure their home doesn’t look old or out of touch. My answer to them is always the same – great design never goes out of style. When you create an environment that supports your values, it can never get old.

The Little Black Dress

When it comes to designing a particular room, my suggestion is that simple is often better. Think of your room like a little black dress.

A sophisticated lady will almost certainly have a little black dress hanging in her closet. This elegant dress is a beautiful as it is simple. A little black dress never goes out of style, and a few accessories can make this dress perfect for any occasion. You can dress it down with a jacket, boots, and scarf to hang out at a wine bar with friends. For a high-end dinner, throw on some heels and add diamond earrings for a classy look. The black dress reflects its accessories, so you can make a hundred or even a thousand different statements, using just this one, darling dress as the centerpiece.

Think of your room in the same way. You want to purchase big pieces that are simple and elegant, and that you can live with for years to come. You don’t need to get crazy with paint colors, or buy an expensive, flamboyant sectional set. Make the big pieces of your room timeless like that little black dress, so that you never risk falling out of love with your room. When you get the itch to update, then it’s time to accessorize.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!

When the bones of your room are complete, let your unique style shine through in the accessories you choose for your room. Just like a woman can make her little black dress work for almost any occasion with well-chosen accessories, you can drastically change the look and feel of your room the same way. Place a few compelling pieces of art on the wall, jazz up your couch with velvet pillows, or change the look of your bathroom my replacing the faucets on the sink.

You’ll be amazed at how a few small changes can transforms the look of a room! If you like to keep your rooms fresh, consider a new accessory makeover every few years.

If you need help creating a timeless room, give me a call! I work with homeowners throughout San Diego and Orange County a to make their homes beautiful for a lifetime.