I was tidying the books on the shelves in my living room which took 6 times longer than it should have because of course I kept stopping to leaf through some of them. I came across this image from the book "Things I Love" by super stylist Megan Morton.
To me, this encapsulates the modern interior. There is a bit of pattern, handpainted chinoiserie here; some modern with ultra sleek kitchen units; the traditional with an antique chandelier; and the quirky vintage with the oriental portrait on the stairs. Why do I think this epitomises the modern interior? Because such a mixture of things only happens because it is the homeowner's personal taste. There are no rules about what does or does not go together. To me, this has been put together because the homeowner likes it. Yes, it has been carefully considered and edited so that it works and doesn't look a mess, but it is still a mix. It is not flat or clinical but rich with layers of style. I do not know the homeowner, but I get a sense of him or her here and to me, that is what homes and decorating them are all about.