Mastering the Eclectic Mix

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>My greatest indulgence is when I’ve got an evening at home alone and I can pour up a glass of chilled white wine, run the hottest, steamiest bath, and grab a decorating magazine to flip through the pages of my favorite publications – Veranda, House Beautiful, Elle Decor…  I gain inspiration and new ideas and always feel compelled to rearrange the house (or at the very least redo the table top decor) once getting out of the tub!  The key to achieving the same look you see on the pages of top shelter magazines is in gravitating towards the eclectic – and with antiques you’re immediately given that sense of personality – with a capital P. When you walk into most big box furniture stores, things are often sold in matching sets.  However, when you look at rooms in the pages of design magazines, there are never matching sets!

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Antiques & vintage pieces are great additions to every room because they are unique. As you shop, look for items from different time periods and
styles. However, don’t go too crazy. A few key statement pieces will be enough to keep your room feeling fresh and personal. It’s all about choosing material things that reflect your inner self—items that show off your tastes and personality! If you’re shopping the flea markets or antique stores and something calls out to you, buy it!  If you buy what you love your house will reflect your personality.

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On a similar note, try to keep one common thread that appears throughout your decor. This is an important step in mastering the eclectic mix.  Perhaps the common element in your house is a color. Tie in rugs, upholstery, lamp shades, and window treatments to keep things feeling cohesive. These really are the things that keep a room feeling cohesive.

Another way to weave a common thread though your home is to have the majority of your pieces come from one particular style such as English or
French and then add in a few modern pieces to act as counterparts to them.

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It’s all about trial and error. Don’t be afraid to experiment with decor. Remember there is no one stop shop to furnish your home. It takes time and  patience to create a space that nourishes you and your family. As with anything in life, it’s so important to enjoy the journey. Decorating should be one of the fun aspects of life, so get out there and find the pieces that can make your home as eclectic and special as you are!


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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.