Monday, May 24, 2010

22 Years Later - An Interior I Couldn't Forget

22 years ago I fell in love with this apartment interior - it was on the cover of Conran's Living in Small Spaces. Very apropos at the time as my husband and I lived in a one bedroom 1930's 4th floor apartment in Cambridge, MA and Conran's had just opened up a US store down the street on Mass Ave. The store was short lived but I've held on to this book ever since.
Just this past weekend I was google searching Bruce Budd, a designer featured in April's The World of Interiors, and came across pictures of the apartment via a post by The Blue Remembered Hills. It was a thrilling find as the post included the rest of the apartment - images I had never seen!
I learned that this was the Greenwich apartment of architect Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, and was featured in The World of Interiors, July/Aug 1987, among other magazines. It was considered "fresh and new at the time." 22 years later it still is.
Thank you to the blogger, The Blue Remembered Hills - your post felt like finding a little present. Now I'm off to track down a copy of the July/Aug 1987 World of Interiors...
Do you have any interiors you still think about after many years?
(photography by Dan Cornish)

26 comments:

Style Chronicle said...

Oh I just love this post! I am constantly looking through old magazines to see what pieces and rooms I still love. Off white upholstery does stand the test of time. This room is truly timeless of eternally chic.

pve design said...

Yes, I do. I was married that year 1987 and we lived in a small apartment with one wall of shelves and I loved it so much. I shall track down some photos....
Timeless, modern, classic.
pve

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Beautiful, beautiful apartment. I love it. Thanks for sharing. I could only wish an interior I designed could have that kind of staying power. Talk soon.

Jade of Flip Flops & Pearls Design said...

It's a beautiful space! It goes to show that if you make the right choices, your rooms can be timeless. Thanks for the post!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

How fun is that sleuthing?! Great bones!

MzMannerz said...

Wow, what a class and timeless room.

The room that sticks with me was one done by Thomas Pheasant. I've been slightly obsessed with him since.

Ms. Givens said...

Fun post!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

LOVE this apartment; still fresh like you say. I have that issue that you can BORROW, but I can't let you have it! ha

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, what wonderful rooms!

Michelle said...

I love this as well! I can see why you held onto it! I blogged about an old article of Barbara Barry's first work...it's a country venacular, and full of colour...not at all what she is known for now...it's fun to look back, and I can see why I loved it.

Have a great week Michelle!

Best,
Michelle

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous room. I can see why you loved it then and still like it. It definitely is timeless. Hugs, Marty

Hello Lover... said...

This is amazing to me! 22 years ago and it still looks totally modern/classic. This could have been a room designed today - timeless designs like this totally impress me!

The Zhush said...

I do have interiors that I still think about, I wonder if I saw them today if they would be as fresh and timeless as these! How great that you found more on the web...love stuff like that!

LiveLikeYou said...

So funny I used to live next to a Conran's. How great to come upon a room you loved so long ago and see that you love it just as much today!

Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

Your inspiration photo withstands the test of time. I love it. It's great that you've held onto it. I love to peek into one's inspiration files. :-)

pretty pink tulips said...

I find that I am ALWAYS drawn to the work of Jan Showers. I held onto a photo of her office for years. When I moved into my current house the only decision I knew I would make was to imitate her antelope carpet. Now, mine runs up my staircase. Still classic after all these years.

Annie Pazoo said...

Isn't funny how certain images stay with us? And I remember buying something at that Conrans (or maybe it was on Newbury St.) - a bench that I still have. And isn't it neat how 20 or 25 years later some favorite interests stick with all of us? How wonderful to be able to go back and put the pieces together!

Boxwood Terrace said...

This is a lovely apartment, Michele! The interior looks so classic. I was living in the same area in 1987. As a recent college grad back then, I had an apartment with a friend in Porter Square. We thought that Conran store on Mass. Ave was the best store and preferred it to Crate & Barrel. It was so disappointing when Conran's closed!

SogniSorrisi said...

That space has surely stood the test of time!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I love this too. So timeless. I just love to run across a room from an old publication that could have been done today. My very first post was from a 1997 Veranda issue. Dan Carithers was the interior Designer. It looks like the homes we are designing today.

Blue said...

I've just caught up with your comment on my blog and want to say thank you for it and for putting a link to my post in your article. I've loved that place, or at least the photos of it, for years and it has not aged in my eyes.

Laurie Jones said...

I have just moved into my "big girl" house and this photo is for sure an inspiration to what I am striving for, I think its incredible that after 22 years the house could still be seen in a magazine today! Good taste never goes out of style!

Sally J said...

It goes to show that great design is timeless...such classic styling! It looks like it could have been published this month!
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A Refocused Life said...

Obviously you had good take back then too. The apartment room is timeless. I once lived and breathed my monthly issue of Apartment Living - many years ago. Fun post.

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Dream Power ~ Carol Cutler said...

Lee Mindel is a friend of mine. He wanted me to buy this apartment when he sold it - biggest mistake I ever made was not. It was a LOVELY apartment; grand and light and felt very big

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