Undone: Timeworn Interiors

November 2, 2012

Are you coming down from the sugar highs of Halloween yet? I may need an intervention for my serious Coffee Crisp addiction…time to get them out of the house asap! Today is decorating day at Spruce Collective and we have a lot of work to do before opening up shop again tomorrow morning. Our workshop was literally filled to the brim by yesterday so we closed early in hopes of getting a head start sorting through mounds of glittering ornaments. With ambitious plans to decorate 4 different trees within our space, it felt very calming to pause and look through these timeworn and very undone images of John Derian‘s home found via The Marion House Book last night…

William Abranowicz for The NY Times via The Marion House Book

William Abranowicz for The NY Times

William Abranowicz for The NY Times

William Abranowicz for The NY Times

Featured in The NY Times, John Derian speaks of his passion for preserving the patina of this former garment factory, from smoke-stained ceilings to creaky subfloor plank flooring. When on the hunt for vintage treasures, it’s usually the paint chips, tarnished metal and flaking rust that catch my eye and it’s not often that I take the time to spray paint or fix anything up. I generally appreciate a piece in its current timeworn state and, although I don’t know if I could live with ceiling stains for very long, there is definitely something to be said for preserving the “decay” of older buildings. What about you? Does the thought of peeling paint on the walls make you want to check yourself into the nearest Four Seasons or grab a good book and put on a pot of tea? Here are some other spaces not afraid to show their signs of wear…

Tigs Macallan for Design*Sponge

Frida Ramstedt for Trendesner

Living Etc via SF Girl by Bay

Toby Scott for The Design Files

I’m all for embracing age but think there’s definitely a fine balance between a a subtle patina and  something that just looks dirty or like it’s falling apart. As with the opposite practice of “preventative maintenance” on our own wrinkles and fine lines, this is one trend to tread very carefully with, wouldn’t you agree? Have a wonderful weekend :)


1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 11.02.12 at 1:18 am }

I used to have exposed wooden boards like that in my bedroom when I was a teenager – loved them! Great inspiration.
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2 Birch + Bird { 11.04.12 at 9:21 pm }

Lucky you, Will! It’s funny how things from our youth come full circle, isn’t it?

3 Nicole Scott { 11.02.12 at 8:29 am }

Super pics! I totally agree Lily. I’m interested in the balance too and encourage people to add just a couple rough elements…they really start to relax the whole place… but too much is too much.
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4 Birch + Bird { 11.04.12 at 9:21 pm }

Thanks Nicole and, yes, it’s definitely all about balance :)

5 colleen { 11.02.12 at 1:54 pm }

Ah…always so much inspiration here!…I guess as long as we can’t get a sliver patina is great! Love the depth of character these homes evoke…..they do seem restful!
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6 janis-pinecone camp { 11.02.12 at 7:54 pm }

Love everything here! I love the “time worn” look as long as it’s not crumbling and filthy, so I agree with you on that one! As for Spruce, I can’t wait to see it all funktified with xmas! I plan to make a trip there next weekend.
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7 Birch + Bird { 11.04.12 at 9:23 pm }

Slivers and filth are definitely still a no-no! I just gave a clear coat to a lovely but very peeling antique washstand last week…loved the look but didn’t want to be responsible for any potential lead paint poisoning! Yay, see you soon Janis :)

8 Sheila @sZinteriors { 11.03.12 at 11:36 am }

I love the feeling of these images, and agree completely – they are calming and grounding. Beautiful.
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9 Tracey { 11.03.12 at 5:56 pm }

I’m with you on this one. Isn’t John Darian amazing?? I will forever love the color of patinas. Happy weekend to you too Lily.
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10 Birch + Bird { 11.04.12 at 9:24 pm }

Thanks girls! Calming and grounding is a very good thing these days :)

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