With endless amounts of cash, I would have a blast decking out our apartment (or really any apartment) in a curated assortment of furniture, rugs, and storage pieces (!!!) Although this is not yet the case, I do love day dreaming about how I would rearrange and revamp our current living space. One of the challenges I face, like every other person living with another human, is how to blend design styles in a way that both people can happily enjoy. Pair this with ever evolving changes in styles and prefernces, and it can be quite a (if only day dreamy) challenge.
While my personal style has thankfully matured, if slightly, from my high school tear out of a dream kitchen that resembled Alice In Wonderland, I still love a good mix of textures, colors, and closed door storage. A touch of metallic, sparkle, and faux fur are always welcome. I dream about a huge kitchen table made of rustic wood slabs with giant metal legs. A TV stand that resembles a storage locker, covered with some sort of Moroccan inspired fur throw and a mix of family photos would be a lovely replacement for the current book shelf. Since organization is not a natural gift of mine, we’ve come to the mutual understanding that open shelving and I will never be friends. My husband prefers a more mid-century/dark wood and leather/patterns of the antique rug variety style. Thankfully we can normally agree on artwork and kitchen pieces. With this in mind, today I was casually entering Bri’s contest for a super cool fur throw, which required taking the Plaidfox style quiz to enter. Killing some time with an incredibly frustrating early fall cold, the quiz was surprisingly entertaining. I highly recommend taking it, if not only to enter the contest (she really does do the best giveaways!)
My results concluded that I had a primary design style of Eclectic, with a secondary style of Urban Industrial. I considered the first style a cop-out for ‘you’re slightly schizo and therefore can’t be categorized- good luck living in your mismatched den’ until I read the description that hit the nail on the head!
So much more than just a catch-all for those without distinct style, true eclecticism is one of the hardest styles to pull off. It takes a keen eye to match a brightly colored chevron pattern chair, an antique oriental rug, and traditional floral wallpaper, but when done properly, eclectic spaces can be both funky and inviting. It’s all about valuing and cherishing every unique thing in your home and then finding ways to knit the mosaic of such different pieces into a well planned space.
So true! We currently have a (faux) antique rug, leather couch, monkey food bag print, and Jonathan Adler-esque pillows, in our mosaic. Urban Industrial seems like a natural secondary pairing, and frankly one the husband may favor. A few of the items I would love to house in my dream decorated apartment…
– This stool will be perfect for our future breakfast bar, which will feature the wraparound granite and farm sink preferred by the Property Brothers.
– A distressed pink side table – doesn’t really need an explanation does it?
– This little end table would actually work perfectly with our armchair. I see drink rings only adding to it’s appeal, of course this table would only accept bourbon drink rings.
– I love the idea of a cow hide rug. This one with gold flecks seems more feminine and less grotesque.
– This is a miniature version of the locker storage piece that haunts my decorating dreams.
– The perfect plank kitchen table.
– This pillow looks like it is flecked with confetti, a great girly touch for our couch.
– I honestly have no idea what these ear/nose things are, but they look like a great conversation centerpiece. If these don’t kick start conversation…you need new guests.