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Eclectic Style 106 Stories

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...
Room of the Day: Comfort and Sophistication
There was a lot to like about the living room in Brian Garrett and Stephen Fronk’s 1878 Victorian flat. Located in San Francisco’s Liberty Hill Historic District, the home had 12-foot ceilings and lovely architectural details. But the long, narrow...
So Your Style Is: Darkly Romantic
What is darkly romantic? It’s a style that evokes overcast afternoons cocooned under heavy blankets perfumed with incense. Colors are deep and saturated and range from black and navy to silver and gold. Walls are adorned with moody art that sends...
Kitchen of the Week: Barn Wood and a Better Layout in an 1800s Georgian
Though the kitchen in this historic mid-1800s Georgian-style home had already been updated with many modern conveniences, the homeowners had a few bones to pick about the layout. For one, the corner sink didn’t feel efficient in the space, and a small...
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...
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