For those of you who are fans of eclectic design, I know you hear me when I say this style has commonly been misunderstood. While many view eclectic style as “chaotic” or “random,” it’s concept is quite simple; it focuses on mixing the old with the new.
This type of design is known for its blend of cultures and time periods as well. Surprisingly enough, the mix of styles don’t compete with each other and instead work together to create a harmonious relationship.
If you’re unsure of where to start, don’t worry; this design style is all about experimenting. Begin by pulling from your favorite things. For example, I like to combine Moroccan rugs with Venetian mirrors. Then I bring in pops of brass, patterned pillows in bright hues, and textures found in fabrics, woods, and décor. Many designs can appear effortless when you just focus on what you love.
And although decorating eclectically allows for loose rules, remember to apply common design principles such as following a consistent color scheme and keeping scale and proportion in mind.
This post was created by Erica.
The holidays are finally here and it’s time to spice up your home! Take a look at some easy design tips to make your home cozy and festive for the fall and winter months.
Pops of Color
Don’t be afraid to bring in some color! Adding colorful accents to your living room will give your home a cheerful look for the holiday season. Pops of red, for example, go a long way—be sure to keep your eye out for patterned throws such as plaid and chevron as well as decorative pillows. For a classic look, shop for pillows with embroidered holiday words such as “Joy” or “Peace.” You can also add some glam to your space with a sequined pillow cover or have some fun with a Grinch themed pillow from PBteen!
Another way to add color to your home is by filling decorative bowls with bright, vintage ornaments. Shades of pink, red and gold make a beautiful combination.
Candles and Lighting
It wouldn’t be the holidays without the proper lighting. String lights may be a cliché, but when done right they can transform a room and create the perfect ambiance. Tastefully wrapping lights around your banister is a good place to start. Adding garlands will help hide the cord and also give a more natural look. Another option is to hang lights around an entry mirror. This will create a romantic, inviting display—what a dreamy sight to come home to!
If you live for vintage décor like I do, hunt down an old Marquee light-up letter to hang on your wall. There is such a strong sense of nostalgia associated with Marquee lights and what better time to display them than during the holidays!
Candles are also a must. Disperse them around your living room in mercury glass votives or cluster them under your mantle for a modern-day fireplace. If you like a scented candle, try a woodsy candle such as Stag from The Soap and Paper Factory—it’s one of my all time favorites!
Cozy Fall Accents
This may seem like a given, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to make your home cozy and inviting this time of year. Yes, your home should be a haven all year round, but with the temperature dropping, relax, get comfortable and bring out those cable knit throws and fur blankets. If you prefer decorating in neutrals, cashmere throws in cream will help soften your space while cowhide or velvet pillows will add texture and interest. You can even shop for leather floor poufs in a chocolate brown to bring more warmth to the room.
For more distinct accents and texture, fill large vases with pinecones or wine corks, use petrified wood slabs as decorative trays or serving platters, and hang a good old fashioned wreath on your door--those never go out of style!
Easy DIY Projects
Believe it or not, there is a DIY project for every occasion. And during the holidays, why not have some fun and break out a craft? For Halloween, skip the mess of carving pumpkins and follow some easy pumpkin painting tutorials. Go ahead and search Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. One of my favorites is to paint my pumpkins a matte black or white with the stem a metallic gold. You can also step outside the box and paint a bold pattern on your pumpkins like chevron or ikat.
Of course there are other projects for other holidays. For example, make your own coasters from tree branches—try birch wood if you can. This rustic look will look amazing incorporated into your thanksgiving place settings. Another fun project is to stack wooden crates in the shape of a holiday tree, and then fill the crates with wrapped gifts. This modern alternative to the Christmas tree will be the perfect statement piece your home needs this season!
This post was created by Erica.