How does one cultivate timeless style when it comes to a home? Personally, I vacillate between eagerly falling in love with current trends to cherishing key pieces in my home that have endeared themselves to me over the years. I sometimes wonder how new, trendier pieces will fit in down the road, even though it shouldn’t matter if what you love falls in and out of style. Either way, it is interesting to observe what happens over the passage of time.
It’s exciting to see a home decorated so that it possesses a very distinct look, yet feels inexplicably timeless, whether it is 1955 or 2015. Bonnie Flynt has one of these homes. When we first got in touch, Bonnie’s daughter, Crystal, said something about her mom’s home that really stuck with me: “What I love about her style is that it’s not trendy. She’s always done her houses in this way — lots of old things, things from her days as a kid finding arrowheads, beads, and other things on the ranch.”
Bonnie has lived in this particular space in Tucson, AZ for 16 years and it’s true that the objects that fill it feel like they’ve been there much longer. Growing up on a ranch in California instilled in Bonnie a deep appreciation for nature, things made by hand and American Indian art. She’s spent her life collecting these things that inspire her and loves to display them throughout her home. Bonnie says that though her home is small, she wants her space to feel lived-in, cozy and — as I see it — discoverable. Mixed in with her collection of vintage objects are some modern elements, usually by way of vintage-looking pieces from John Derian or Don Carney. This blend of old and new is set against a backdrop of mostly white walls on the interior, and desert plant life on the exterior. The overall effect is a welcoming home, one that echoes the sensibilities of Bon Boutique, a shop she runs with Crystal. Their similar stylistic interests inform the aesthetic of the shop, which sells a mix of home, garden, clothing and accessories. By staying true to what she’s always loved, while embracing the new, Bonnie has honed a timeless style expressed through both her work and her home. -Shannon