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Mastering the Eclectic Mix

Dear Diva Readers,

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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!

Eclectically,

The Antiques Diva®

The Antiques Diva’s Favorite Piece at Home

Dear Diva Readers,

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I’ve found that trying to choose a favorite antique piece is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child.  In my living room I have a gorgeous pair of signed Swedish Rococo Stockholm Chairs with traces of primary paint (mostly secondary).  These chairs are the crème de la crème of antiques.  And if you bought online in the USA you’d be looking at easily a cost of $16,000 – 20,000. I bought them on our Sweden Antiques Diva buying tour and spent around 4600E for the pair.  They were a fantastic buy and absolute top quality – my favorite combination.

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Catpuccino has refined tastes – he loves sleeping in the sunshine on my Swedish Rococo Chairs

I find that, in general, Swedish antiques are highly sought after due to their timelessness and classic design.  Open any shelter magazine and you’re sure to see a few strategically placed Swedish pieces that add just the right amount of style and serenity to gorgeously decorated spaces.

While French furniture is beautiful, it can sometimes be overly carved or too “heavy” to blend into contemporary interiors. Swedish furniture, namely Gustavian, could be viewed as the toned-down cousin” to antique French furniture. The lines are sleeker, the carvings more reserved.  The graceful forms of Swedish furniture are complemented by their color palette which is usually rooted in the natural world, offering hues of gray, cream, pale blue and green.

My home is a very modern space and so I look for those antiques  that possess a classic sensibility without being overly flamboyant. My pair of Swedish Rococo Stockholm Chairs fits the bill perfectly. They bring a sense of history to a sleek apartment, proving that all things old can be made new again

The Antiques Diva®

P.S. – If you liked this article you might enjoy reading the article I did over at The Daily Basics on our living room décor.

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