Eclectic Style 112 Stories

So Your Style Is: Curiosity-Cabinet Chic
Curiosity-cabinet chic is somewhat mysterious, sometimes melancholy and subtly reminiscent of the Victorian fascination with the natural wonders of the world. In a nod to old European curiosity cabinets, rooms are rich in uncommon treasures mixed...
The Beauty of Contrast: Global Furnishings in Modern Spaces
Mixing modern design with ethnic furnishings may not be an obvious choice, but when you look at the history of modern design, you’ll see a strong link between the two. Many influential architects and designers of the early 20th century, including
The Beauty of Contrast: Traditional Rugs in Contemporary Spaces
Traditional rugs have stood the test of time. Their impeccable craftsmanship and intricate designs enrich a room’s sense of place in history. If your taste in interiors is modern and you come across a traditional rug,...
Lessons From Camp: Cottage Inspiration for Home
Tereasa Surratt and husband David Hernandez bought a decrepit summer camp from a group of expatriate Latvian priests. The next step was to spruce the place up. Surratt, the designer behind Tereasa...
Bathroom Workbook: 6 Elements of Eclectic Style
If you’re having trouble deciding on which bathroom style is right for you, then why not go with all of them? Eclectic style offers the chance to mix things up and inject a bit of — OK a lot of — personality and color into a room. If...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Lighting in Traditional Rooms
There are more types of lighting available than ever today, from both stylistic and functional points of view. When considering which style, material or illumination source to use, remember that good lighting is an absolutely...
5 Reasons to Hit That Secondhand Store
All of the best things are not necessarily shiny and new — think of the gorgeous patina on an antique chest, the gleam of old silver and the complex flavor of a really special aged bottle of wine. So why does it seem like we’ve been trending toward...
Houzz Tour: A Brooklyn Loft With a Silver-Screen Pedigree
Interior designer Ondine Karady’s clients include plenty of real-life stars, but in her previous life as a set decorator, her patrons included fictional characters such as Mr....
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...
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