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Home decor has come a long way in the last 25 years


Angela Koszuta

The Toronto Star
October 5, 2013


With the Fall Home Show celebrating its 25th anniversary, we thought we’d revisit some of the looks from the very first show back in 1988 

The ’80s are remembered for questionable taste, homes filled with wall-to-wall carpeting, busy wallpaper, pastel tones, glossy black furniture and patterns galore. Chinoiserie, Tex-Mex and Sante Fe influences were evident, often put together in head-spinning combinations — the expression “less-is-more” had not yet made its way into out decorating vocabulary.

Today, comfort and function are key, with an understated elegance proving spaces can be effortlessly stylish and uncomplicated, while still being technologically advanced. Smart homes are coming into their own, allowing us to enjoy our precious downtime to its fullest and proving the new rule in designing your space is: there are no rules, just don’t go ’80s.

    BATHROOM 2013 Now, creating a spa-like atmosphere is easy with seamless, glass shower stalls, heated floors and towel racks, and over-sized soaker tubs. zoom

Bathroom 1988

 Bathroom 2013

    HOME OFFICE 1988 This office from the 1988 Home Show seems quite sombre with an ornate desk drawing inspiration from the past. zoom

Home Office 1988

 Home Office 2013



    HOME OFFICE 2013 Home offices have come a long way. This one from Annie Sloan still looks to the past by taking inspiration from the vintage print seen on the desk, but in a way that remains modern and fresh. Annie appears on the HGTV main stage Sunday Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. or visit the ChalkPaint Booth #1568 zoom

 Kitchen 1988

 Kitchen 2013



 Living Room 1988




 Living Room 2013


The Fall Home Show runs Oct. 3 to 6 at The Better Living Centre Exhibition Place.

Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:05PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

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