Style Periods

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Attractive designs can be found in almost any period... And certainly there is no arbitrary law which says that an eighteenth-century French chair and a Sheraton can't be used in the same room.
Robert Kime, Architectural Digest

Even if it's not a style of architecture or period you like, a decorator has to have a feel for a house's personality and try not to fight against it. I like to get the juice out of a house and not spoil it.
Nancy Lancaster, Her Life, Her World, Her Art

I never think that sticking slavishly to one period is successful, a touch of nostalgia adds charm. One needs light and shade because if every piece is perfect the room becomes a museum and lifeless.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

If the 18th century is often described by architectural historians as the great age of the English house, the Victorian period might equally well be called the great age of the English home.
Philippa Tristam, Living Space

If we cannot have connoisseurship in the young decorators, I would settle for a few history lessons. There is so little awareness of classical Greece, the neoclassical period, the eighteenth century, and the first half of the twentieth century. Without a foundation the house will crumble. What I am saying is not to be taken for nostalgia. Nothing is more exciting than the new. While you can build on the past, you can never really return to it.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

In restoring a house one must first realize its period, feel its personality and try to bring out its good points.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

There is nothing more trite than a period room imposed on a contemporary setting.
Van Day Truex, The Man who Defined Twentieth-Century Taste and St

There is nothing more trite than a set period - any antique period bought intact for today's living. But, by the same token, a contemporary house that ignores all vestiges of the past in order to express a purely modern philosophy runs the risk of becoming a stagnant document of its own time.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Sixty Years of Interior Design

There is nothing more trite than a set period.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard

You don't have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living.
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

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