I am a 90’s baby through and through. However, I was born in 1990 so I didn’t get to experience all of the trends as an adolescent. Sure I had my Steve Madden slinky slides, but it wasn’t until I became an adult that I gained a much bigger appreciation for this decade. I was recently watching Head Above Water from 1996 and was struck at how badly I wanted the beach house and how classic the design elements are. I often pause movies from this time to marvel at the beauty of the sets. I have talked about my love for other favorites like Practical Magic, You’ve Got Mail and Notting Hill in this post, but it occurred to me how often I pull inspiration from 90’s simplicity in everyday life.
We all know trends are cyclical, but there is something about the ease of the fashion and interiors that make me incredibly fond of this decade. Probably because it makes me nostalgic for my childhood and the comfort of what once was, but I am always shocked at how many things don’t look dated in movies or photos that are almost 30 years old (minus my once beloved inflatable furniture). Of course most of these trends did not originate in the 90’s, but certain elements that became more commonplace throughout the decade are staples we gravitate towards currently. I’m looking at you pine furniture! Photo above – my dream kitchen that will stand the test of time, designed by G.P. Schafer
Kelly Hoppen’s London flat from the 1995 House & Garden UK archives. The matching stripes and subtle scalloped edge on the daybed.
The queen of 90’s style, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in forever staples. source
Stills from Head Above Water. The mens button down as a cover up, boat & tote, and interior details all look incredibly timeless.
Design by Kit Kemp, looks like it could have been done today
Pages from Rose Tarlow’s The Private House
An Ikea catalogue from 1999 – butcher block counters always feel classic
More butcher block counter goodness from Father Of The Bride II, source