I am beyond flattered that Ally asked me to guest post on From the Right Bank. I adore her aesthetic ~ it is one of the few blogs that I find consistently fresh and exciting to read. My name is Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!) and I write a digital sketchbook called ABCD Design. I write about what inspires me day to day. The topics I cover are all things nesting related – recipes, interior design, about living a well-lived life and making a house a home. My motto is simple: Life is short, eat off the good china!

My interior design aesthetic all about transitionalism. I don’t want to walk in a room and be able to pinpoint when it was decorated. I believe that the home should be an amalgamation of the items that the owner loves. Layering pieces from different eras that fit your taste will fuse to form a relaxing environment that reflects your personality. I am particularly drawn to pieces that are difficult to place in history. They are the perfect bridge between rustic and modern, traditional and today.

The first time that the marketplace saw the Hoffman Series B Decanter was in 1912. The graphic stripe is completely relevant in today’s world. Think about all the zig-zags, chevrons and stripes we’ve been seeing recently. This piece would fit seamlessly into any traditional or modern interior design setting.

The traditional craftsmanship and modern lines of the Meridian Dining Chairs by Thos. Moser really appeal to me. I could see them being relevant in my home both now, and when I am an grey-haired retired lady. I realize that there is a time and a place for the West Elm’s and Ikea’s of the world but I truly hope that we see a shift away from disposable furniture. I think it’s about time to stop wasting good money (that could go toward a fine piece of furniture!) on one that will be in a dumpster in a few years.

One recent design trend that I am completely crushing on – dark walls and millwork. I recently discussed all the reasons I love this dark dining room in a post on my blog. Let’s look for just a moment at how seamlessly the designer has melded modern dining chairs and lighting (in the kitchen) with traditional lines in the kitchen cabinetry and the dining room light fixture. The perfect balance.

…and dark cabinetry – yes, please! I am dying to design a kitchen with navy cabinets. I think it’s pretty incredible to pair navy with carrara marble counter tops. *BTW: Ally I adore your grey cabinets!!*

I first learned about John Pomp Studio when I attended the Architectural Digest Home Design Show a few weeks ago. They’re masters at mixing decidedly modern lines with historic materials. These pieces could fit into any transitional interior design. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

Another line that I am newly in love with – The New Traditionalists. Their motto: If you believe that “traditional” and “cool” are not mutually exclusive, you are one of The New Traditionalists. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment! They plan to add to the collection in a very organic way. There will not be collections in this line, each piece has a number – I truly look forward to watching this company grow.

Be true to your aesthetic when picking pieces for your home. If you’re honest with yourself when selecting materials and curating pieces to live with ~ they’ll last a lifetime, and I suspect while they may move from one room to another when you move, they’ll always have a place in your home.




Well said! That dining room is one to be studied. So many beautiful elements that come together to form a spectacular, inviting space. And that cabinet with the leather pull tabs, holy smokes!

It's great to see you over here ABCD!
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Erika@BluLabel Bunga

Very well stated Amy Beth. You make a great point regarding buying furniture for the "long haul" as opposed to buying for the moment. I also love the example of the 1912 vase and it's relevance in today's design…great observation and validates your stance even more!
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Sara Kate

I couldn't agree more with everything that you said. Being in my twenties I don't have all the money in the world to spend on fine furniture, but IKEA does seem like quite a waste. I think this is what makes antiquing and vintage shopping so appealing- you get to express yourself and collect and layer items of your choosing, without having all of your other friends have the same items (Isn't that the worst).

The dark walls have been an infatuation of mine recently as well, I am actually contemplating painting a room dark when I get home.

Great post, and I am happy to have stumbled onto your blog as well.


ABC Dragoo


Again – I am so flattered that you asked me to share my thoughts about interior design here on your amazing blog! Thank you so very much for the opportunity to meet your readers.

I'd also like to say thanks to everyone who commented on this post! I am glad to see I am not the only one who believes in quality over quantity…

In regards to buying antiques and used furniture: it is also something to consider in regards to the environment. You know, furniture that was made 50 years ago is likely to be around in 50 more. Less waste, you know? This plywood, disposable furniture is going to chip, break, and wear down quickly -filling our landfills, wasting our hard-earned money when we have to replace it.

@callie grayson, I too lived for many-a-moon until I found *just* the right dining table. Fact is that I have had it for almost 10 years and I love it today as much as I did the day I bought it.

For all of you who L O V E those leather drawer pulls – I know, they're incredible, right? It makes them seem like it's right from the 1880's, yet the shape of the cabinet is decidedly modern = the perfect combination makes it timeless.

Great to *meet* all of you!

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