My Houzz: Dreamy, Organic Style in a Tampa CottageEclectic Dining Room, Tampa
Photo: Mina Brinkey © 2013 Houzz
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3. Different chairs, same upholstery. Unify a group of lovely chairs, old or new, by having them re-covered in the same fabric. In the dining room featured here, three different pairs of chairs were all covered in similar fabric to create a “set.”
Whether the DIY route will work for you will depend on your strengths. “If you know what you like and you know what makes you tick, you’ll love everything you choose,” says interior designer Alana Homesley of Woodland Hills, California. You can also do the project in stages, as funds allow, and you won’t face the challenge of trying to convey your likes and dislikes to a stranger.
"What’s funk? It’s those rough edges that challenge your expectations and give a composition soul. It’s what separates Pat Metheny from Pat Boone, Langston Hughes from Hallmark." — Fred AlbertAlbert thought he was done furnishing his home after placing all the new furniture and hanging window treatments and art, but it was missing those one-of-a-kind pieces with age and history.Full story: Bring in da Funk: How Humble Touches Give a Home Soul
I love that these fancy chairs are paired with a light fixture fabricated from a rusty scrap of metal. High meets low — and both benefit from the introduction.
If you prefer neutrals to color, no worries. Just remember the fifth — and to me, the most important — tool: Mix, mix, mix! This lovely, calming dining room gets its allure from its mix. The rustic ladder, the formal dining chairs, the somewhat woebegone metal chandelier, the fibrous frame on the mirror and the glass table with its sculptural base all work together to create great interest and personality — with not so much as a touch of color. Mixing is (dare I say it) practically a rule.
A local artisan made the dining room pendant light using materials salvaged from a chicken coop. “I love the eclectic feel of mixing old and new, repurposing items and using them in unexpected ways,” Shona says. Table: Sequoia Dining Table, Z Gallerie; dining chairs: Marshalls; mirror, lighting: Blue Moon Trading Company