Thursday, August 26, 2010

Don't be too predictable!

My rule # 1 - Don't be too predictable in your decorating style.

OK, I have been known to fall in to the traps of what would be 'expected' in a traditional or modern design. For traditional I lean towards an English classic design. For my modern moods, I lean towards mid-century. For both, I always add some Asian pieces. I think mixing all in one might be a lot more interesting.

This spread in Elle Decor demonstrates the idea.

This house is clearly a modern design. The Wilton, Connecticut home of Yvonne and Jay Fielden was designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller.

The modern living room includes a very traditional George Smith wing back chair.

The library includes a faux bamboo chair! Remember my blog on Faux bamboo chic!

This painted French writing desk makes a nice console table in the bedroom. They also make use of Ikea furniture in almost all the rooms so they're not afraid of mixing high and low.

There are certain classic of furniture styles that work in any decorating style.

This pair of wing back chairs sold at the July New Orleans Auction for $1,107. I actually like the gray flannel upholstery.  It's quite modern looking and would look great paired with a white sofa.

As in the photo spread above, a classic Louis XV style  French writing desk (made mid-19th century) can work in all types of design settings. This example from the upcoming September 11th and 12th New Orleans Auction has an auction estimate of $2,500 - $4,000.

Stair Galleries - Lot 239 - Auction of August 28th

This fun chair would make a nice accent piece in a room with a little extra interest. This is in the August 28th auction at Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY. It's described as a Renaissance style carved oak arm chair and has an estimate of $200 - $400. This auction is without reserves. 

Stair Galleries - Lot 249

This Chinese red painted table is a classic. Asian accents are a wonderful addition to any style room, and the red paint adds color as well. This is Lot 249 in the next Stair Galleries auction and has an estimate of $400 - $600.

My vow from now on is to follow 'Rule No. 1" and mix styles to create unpredictability and interest to my decor.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Katherine! I'm with you a 100% mixing it all up is THE way to go. Too much of any single style is boring!


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