Paris Secrets by
got me going.
The Barcelona table
by Mies van der Rohe.
I bought mine in 1980
— proof that classics
LYNDA REEVES EXPLORES
club chair, Crate
For years I’ve resisted the urge to go modern.
As much as I admire the stark, dramatic rooms
I visit, I could not imagine living in one. My
family already thinks our house is over-edited.
But then again, I want a fresh and current look
and at the moment I don’t have it. Things are
looking staid and stuck in a time warp. I have
to do something. Nothing radical, just some
injections of fresh style. If you are feeling the
same way — like you need a decorating lift
— it may be time to think “modern.”
The sofa and chairs in my sunroom are about
30 years old so I think I can justify retiring them,
along with the ones in the library that are only
23 years old and have been reupholstered three
times and refilled with new down at least
five times. Perhaps “Canadian Guilt” is a
cultural condition that says we must keep all
furniture and appliances until they disintegrate.
This may be an excuse to go slightly modern.
The house is old, the feeling of the rooms is classic
French and there are wonderful mouldings, french
doors and stone mantels. My furniture is all
traditional: How could I introduce modern without
making a mess? I really didn’t have an
The bombe chest in my front
hall, lacquered orange.
Chest, The Conran Shop.
I love old rugs, like this antique
Navajo, that look amazing on a
dark ebony-stained wood floor.
Rug, James Green Antique Carpets.
Photography by Gabor Jurina (portrait)/Jessica Lin
(rug, pillows)/John Cullen (book)
Orange velvet throw pillows,