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Eclectic Style 123 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....
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....
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...
My Houzz: Thoughtful Updates to an Outdated 1900s Home
Dave Roberts and Lara Van Lannen’s home in Winthrop, Massachusetts, had plenty of charm in the form of original wood floors, doors and architectural details, but it was in major need of an update. “Ninety percent of the rooms were covered in bad,...
My Houzz: Eclectic Style Shines in a Victorian Rental
“Eclectic, story-telling, warm and forever cool,” is how Abbey Cwiek-Garrett describes her rental located on the ground floor of a 1903 Victorian home in Seattle’s North Queen Anne neighborhood. Abbey, an interior designer, and her husband Todd...
Houzz Tour: Ranch Home With a Fresh Approach to Pattern
This young couple was excited to go bold in their newly renovated ranch, but knew that careful editing would be key in keeping the look refined. They brought in interior designer Sarah Wittenbraker toward the end of construction to help create eclectic,...
10 Fresh-Brewed Ideas to Steal From Your Local Café
I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves heading to my favorite local café on the weekend — partly for the food and company, but also for that cool café decor, buzz and vibe. Cafés have an ambience that’s conducive to eating, drinking, chatting,...
Houzz Tour: Layered Look Adds a Fresh Sense of Style
Just the other day, I spotted a woman whose style was effortlessly timeless and wonderfully fabulous. I was likely 30 years her junior, and her elegant outfit, paired with funky eyeglasses and interesting shoes, made me feel like a fuddy-duddy. Looking...
Houzz Tour: Bright Hues Energize a Light-Filled Victorian
Stylist Sophie Gunnersen and her husband, Andrew, loved the bayside location of their new Melbourne home. But it also had all the features on their wish list. The Victorian terrace house was loaded with character and had an open-plan living and...
Houzz Tour: Arts and Crafts Cottage Gets a Lively Remake
With the arrival of their third child, interior designer Bronwyn Poole and her husband, Jason Ballantine, needed to upsize, and they found this 1920s cottage in Sydney, Australia, shortly after they began their search. It was by no means a snap decision,...
Houzz Tour: Color Brings Endless Summer to a Santa Monica Home
Interior designer Alison Kandler is so smitten with color, pattern and texture that she named her daughter Paisley. So when she and her husband, Brian, purchased a rather vanilla home in Santa Monica, California, for their family, it was completely in...
Houzz Tour: Eclectic Down-Home Style in Texas
Just because a family home is relaxed and comfortable doesn’t mean it can’t be chic and stylish. This Texas family wanted to make sure their new home had a fresh and eclectic feel and represented their personalities, showcased their art collection...
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