Words from the Designer
The stylistic concept of eclecticism is one that is most met with a cringe. Many examples of this type of interior are of various items placed in a haphazard layout, relying on the interest of a couple items to carry the design. It is through intimate conversations between art, textures, and decor that is the foundation for any strong eclectic home. Each item may not be as large or bold as the other, but all items must have a play of strong character. Here in our version of the eclectic home we allowed the notion of "self discovery" to become a part of the design. Walking through flea markets, antique stores, and estate sales allowed my clients to discover new tastes and love of different heritages. Working off a strict color structure, being eclectic doesn't mean there is no plan. My client's began to develop a rich visual story and to walk into any room in this home, is to be engulfed by conversation. With much of the decor being of a soft or neutral palette, and my clients having vibrant personalities, I added extra contrast through the use of saturated accent walls. The design becomes a skipping stone, never skipping below the surface of the water. Fiesta-ware became the pivotal element within the design, due to the black and white contrast in the kitchen. This spectrum of color in the Fiesta ware allowed the eye to become settled and trained to read wide spans of colors without conflict or abrupt pause. The home is filled with a depth of history without placing it in a certain stylistic period. Eclectic should be timeless, fun, and overall bursting with interest.