Style Secret: Unexpected Accents
In what other decorating style could you make a weathered sideboard, an Oriental rug and a wall of vintage ads get along? The fun of eclectic style lies in the element of surprise. This is the time to get personal: Showcase mementos from your trip to India last year; bring out the faded concert posters of your favorite band; stack books inside your Radio Flyer wagon from childhood.
Road-test it: You can go overboard with quirkiness in a hurry. If you have a vintage bicycle next to an old dentist's chair next to a surfboard next to a ... well, you get the picture. Use really outlandish pieces as you would exclamation points: judiciously. Tempering them with a few simple, classic furnishings can elevate the look without diluting its eccentric charm.