Eclectic Style 94 Ideabooks

What it is: Eclectic style is the great equalizer. It reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it's you, curated. What...
The Finer Points of Style: Eclectic
What does eclectic style really mean? For starters, it’s not about displaying and arranging a random mix of stuff around your house. There are a few simple rules to follow, lest your home wind up looking more like a junk shop than the comforting sanctuary...
Kitchen Workbook: 10 Elements of an Eclectic Kitchen
Eclectic is a term that is often used when a person has a hard time pinpointing his or her own style — or anyone else's for that matter. Eclectic done right...
My Houzz: Creative, Collected Craftsman in Dallas
It takes a great eye and a lot of persistence to not only discover vintage finds, but also to understand how to use them. “Set me loose in an antiques mall, consignment store...
6 Ways to Put Some Wonder on Your Walls
Sarah Bagner loves a good story, and she thinks our walls make the perfect storytelling platform. In her new book, Wonder Walls (October 2012), the stylist,...
My Houzz: A Chicago Two-Story Circles the Globe
Graphic designer Meighan Depke spent much of her 20s and 30s exploring Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Eleven years ago she put down roots in Chicago and bought a 1906 two-flat: a two-story brick building...
Houzz Tour: Vintage and New Make a Groovy Mix in Houston
Interior designer Sally Wheat and her husband, Mark, built this Houston house in 2006, but looking at the interior, it would be hard to tell when it was constructed. That’s because she’s filled it with an eclectic mix of old and new pieces for a look...
The Beauty of Contrast: Traditional Art in Contemporary Rooms
Spaces with exclusively modern furniture and furnishings can sometimes feel sterile and uninspired, lacking in character and individuality. An effective way to add personality, history and visual interest to a modern space is through the addition...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Art in Traditional Rooms
Whatever your taste in decoration, an element of visual contrast is a great way to make your home more interesting and personal. Something oppositional or unexpected awakens the senses. There are many ways to introduce...
14 Ways to Bring Bohemian Romance to Rooms
In honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, here are 14 creative, boho-chic decorating ideas for a dreamy, romantic home. Create an exotic lantern-lit bedroom, add Gothic-chic candle sconces to your piano, decorate a chill living room where sitting...
Photos of 2013: The Most Popular Eclectic Spaces
Eclectic design, by its nature, is tough to pin down. It’s not immediately identifiable, like farmhouse, Victorian or modern style. Instead it’s a combination of these styles, sometimes many of them. In other words, eclectic spaces have a personality...
Feel Free to Break Some Decorating Rules
One of the primary things I learned while working with interior design clients over four decades is that our mothers seriously warped us — about decorating at least. So many of us get totally tied in knots when it comes to designing...
Lessons in Living Comfortably: Embrace the Scratches and Dents
Do you remember when English country style was all the rage? I pored over magazine photos of chintz-filled homes, with their centuries-old furniture and baker's-dozen dogs sprawled across rich silk cushions. But what enticed me most was the tattered...
How to Bring Balance to an Eclectic Look
An eclectic look (one merging many different decorating styles) can have an amazing energy about it that one-note rooms simply cannot match. But creating balance can be a major challenge. How do you pull off mixing traditional antiques, modern pieces...
My Houzz: A Serial Thrifter's Comfortably Bohemian Bungalow
Blogger and serial thrifter Hilary Walker believes in the power of working with what you've got. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Fort Worth, Texas, rental she shares with husband David, a music teacher. The Walkers filled the 1940s house with...
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