DIY Changing the Look of Luxury in Interior Design?

September 18th, 2013 Jana Manning

There’s no doubt the DIY culture is red hot in the creative community at all economic levels, from those making sconces using plumbing pipes to people building their own small 2-seat airplanes!  And although everyone isn’t inclined toalarm cover n light switch DIY, the trend has forged a stronger appreciation for the art of handmade

I confess there was  a young period when I was embarrassed to wear the homemade clothing my mother would make for me because it didn’t come from the cool, expensive store.  Once I was confident enough to not worry about others’ opinions, I came to see beautifully handmade as the most warm, nuanced, and elegant expression of luxury.  In interior design, my favorite use is in contemporary environments.

While contemporary has often stood for perfect sheen, cool environments, the appreciation for DIY has softened contemporary tastes.  Here’s a close up of a handmade keypad cover we had made to hide a white plastic keypad previously installed by the builder.  This is in a distinctly contemporary environment.   Hand-formed rings and a hand rubbed finish sit beautifully with the handmade wallpaper, made by a studio that gives creative work to those living with HIV.  Our clients love the stories and warm beauty behind these elegantly handmade products, which aren’t “things from factories”.  I like to think the DIY trend paved the way for greater appreciation of this style and nurturing those who create the products.




2 Comments on “DIY Changing the Look of Luxury in Interior Design?”

  1. 1 Ellen Martin said at 6:04 pm on November 11th, 2013:

    I had the same problem with my hand-made dresses and my mom was a real seamstress who learned her craft in high school and worked in what is now called SoHo and back then may not have even had a name. I only became proud of her handi-work much later in life when she was making me gorgeous dressed from Vogue Designer Patterns.

    Yes, it’s a welcome trend in the design world, when well done.

  2. 2 Jana Manning said at 11:14 am on November 17th, 2013:

    Thanks for your comments, Ellen. I’d love to see some of those dresses!

    Yes, in the official world of interior design it’s no longer DIY, it’s Custom – designed and fabricated by experts. Whether custom or DIY, we can thank the DIY movement for increasing the appreciation for hand-wrought materials and a unique vision at all levels of quality and cost.

    Thanks again!

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