I’m not sure when it began, but it has been going on for a while now. For some reason, the design style of choice has been “old world”. Everyone seems to want the Tuscan villa, or the European castle, or the English country house when they are designing their homes. When did this yearning for the old country begin? Why are we all so fascinated with this faux sense of history? If the old country was so great, why did our great-great grand parents immigrate to America in the first place?
It seems that ever since the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower, we have been reluctant to let go of our past. Maybe it’s because we settled in a country that really had no history, unless you were a Native American. The early settlers brought with them the culture, traditions, and architecture of their home land. That was fine back then, but it has been well over 200 years since we declared our independence, and I think it is time we cut the cord on European design and embrace American Style.
Now what is American Style? It is as diverse as this great nation of ours. Think of it as anything that originated in America, born out of true American spirit and inventiveness. House styles range from the Prairie style, to the sprawling ranch, to the Chicago bungalow. Even the classic brick farmhouse, built out of hard work and sweat, is the hallmark of American Style that will last generations. The tri-level is American practicality at its best. And the mid-century modern house with its soaring vaulted ceilings and wide open spaces reminds us of the wide open spaces of our country.
American Style is all about authentic materials; hand crafted, with a purposeful, original design. Ideally, the materials should be sourced locally, or at least in America. The aesthetic can range from modern to classic and everywhere in between. The style is a little less fussy and cluttered. Our own sense of history is important and should be reflected in our heirlooms, edited down and tastefully displayed. A mix of old and new beckons friends and family to stay a while. Create a relaxed attitude that welcomes all with sincerity and warmth.
So rethink that faux plastered Tuscan decor, those overwrought heavy European accents, and forget about that turret. Look to America for your design inspiration and create your own American Style.