Trim Take: New Traditional

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Trim Design Co.

You may have heard the exciting news that Annabel and I are starting Trim Design Co, a boutique online interior design company specializing in an eclectic, collected aesthetic. Every one of our designs incorporates vintage finds, artisanal pieces, and emerging brands. And while we embrace a global and deeply personal style, we believe in the power of careful editing to achieve a clean and light space that centers and welcomes you.  As a team that’s one half millennial and one half Gen X, we work together to hit that sweet spot: designs that are neither too trendy nor too traditional, but always “so you.”

Every Monday for the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you our Trim Take on a popular interior design style.  We’ll share inspiration images, a how-to guide on bringing this look into your own home, and a shoppable mood board.  To read Annabel’s Trim Take, head over to her blog Interior Joy.

This week I’m taking on New Traditional and sharing my advice on how to pull off this timeless yet timely look.

Trim Take: New Traditional

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Timeless yet timely, that’s what you’re after! You celebrate the best of both old and new, craving comfortable, classic pieces, without the heavy, dark, overdone feel of yesteryear. You love a mix of items whose origins span time periods and the world. Did someone say Chinoiserie? Oh, yes! But you also like the feel of a light, airy, uncluttered space where the personality of the pieces you’ve curated speak for themselves.

Here are some suggestions to pull off this style:

  • Select clean-lined furniture with classic upholstery
  • Forgo heavy drapes in favor of unfussy window treatments. Try natural woven Roman shades, plantation shutters or even no window treatments at all!
  • Opt for atmospheric paint colors and wallpaper that are light and airy: Warm whites, pale grays or greige, light blue.
  • Add painted or lacquered pieces of furniture to the mix–pieces from different time periods and different parts of the world.
  • And of course a bit of Chinoiserie (ginger jars, lacquer boxes and trays, ceramic garden stools)
  • Include a touch of black into the space–a lacquered side table, decorative tray, or lamp perhaps
  • Never have more than 4 matching items in a room. Maybe you have a pair of matching lamps and a pair of matching chairs, but that’s the limit!
  • Mix things up: Update a traditional lamp base with a clean modern drum shade, or use a classic dining table, but pair with a minimalist light fixture above.

* Related Styles to Explore: Classic Coastal,  Modern Farmhouse

*Stay tuned for an upcoming Trim Take on each of these styles.

Trim Take: New Traditional Mood Board

Here’s a mood board I created of a New Traditional dining room:

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So, how do you lose the “Granny’s attic” look and keep it chic and current? It’s all about balancing the different elements in your space, as well as editing, editing, editing so pieces have room to breathe and clutter is kept at bay.

I’ve been wanting to use these beautiful olive green, velvet dining chairs in a design for some time now and thought this New Traditional dining room would be the perfect place for them! I love their clean, modern lines, unexpected color, and cut-out backs. The velvet upholstery softens the look of the chairs and complements some of the more traditional pieces in the room. I paired them with this geometric dining table in a walnut finish from Bausman & Co. Both the chairs and the table are a nod to mid-century design.

To add softer, quieter elements to the room, I included a more traditional style chandelier from Currey & Co. The brass finish plays nicely on the buffet’s brass hardware and the frames of the artwork hanging on the center wall. The chandelier is light and airy, balancing the more masculine lines of the table and chairs beneath it. A pale blue sisal wall covering adds texture and warmth to the room, without seeming at all heavy or dark. I did decide to include drapes in this room. But I hung them just near the ceiling to bring the eye up and again to add an element of lightness to the space. The white linen is clean, fresh and modern.

The gorgeous black lacquered buffet might just be my favorite piece in here! It’s my element of black for this space as well. It’s provides the perfect perch to display a curated grouping of vintage blue and white ginger jars in various shapes and sizes.

So what do you think? Does this mix of old and new hit the sweet spot of timeless yet timely? This is how we do New Traditional over here at Trim, so if you like this look, stay tuned for more inspo and details leading up to our big launch!   If you want to incorporate this style into your own space, scroll down for a shoppable round-up of furniture and decor inspired by this look:

Get The Look: Shop this round-up of New Traditional favorites

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  1. Black lacquered buffet, The CEH
  2. Dovetail chair, ShopCandelabra
  3. Milo Baughman caned dining chairs, 1st Dibs
  4. “Rocky Shore” By Nancy Tart, Serena & Lily
  5. Ginger Jar, Refined Decor, Etsy
  6. Ginger Jar, Suki And Polly, Etsy
  7. Garden Stool, Redux 121 Design Studio, Etsy
  8. Vintage White Weddings, Etsy
  9. “An Azure Place III” by Rob Delameter, Serena & Lily
  10. “An Azure Place VI” by Rob Delamter, 1st Dibs
  11. Alysha Rug, Lulu and Georgia
  12. Broome Street Studios
  13. Schumacher Haruki Sisal wallcovering in Cornflower, Decorator’s Best
  14. Nottaway Chandelier, Currey & Company
  15. Meghan Weeks, “Eastward Fog”
  16. Baker Round Dining Table, Viyet
  17. Trout House Rugs
  18. Teak Caned Stool, Juno Klassic, Etsy
  19. Hollywood Regency Caned Settee, The Tres Chic Shop, Etsy
  20. Bausman & Co. Table, Viyet

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned to the blog and Instagram for more details on Trim Design Co.’s upcoming launch. Please share any questions or comments you might have as well.




  1. Sounds wonderful Jen.. good luck….my love of decorating has been ongoing from 35 yrs ago..Evolved from really NE. Traditional…to now moving further South 3 times….now to Florida, where I have become a serious “shabby, beach chic”….good luck!

    1. Hi Patti! Thanks so much for your comment! I feel the same way about decorating—my style keeps morphing with each new experience—it’s like osmosis!!

Would love to hear your thoughts!