Curate Your Eclectic Personal Style
Updated: Jul 12
A little eccentric, a little vintage — and so much beauty
If you've ever struggled to nail down your personal design style, and if your Pinterest boards contain a bevy of old finds and new trends, you might be an eclectic spirit. While spaces with this design style have instead unjustly been dubbed as eccentric or cluttered, you can have your eclectic cake and eat it, too — with purpose and intention.
I work with many clients who seek to incorporate family heirlooms, and flea market finds into a more modernized space. They want a "lived-in" feeling that also exudes luxury and polished imperfection. Here's a sneak peek into how I curate and design their eclectically beautiful living spaces.
PERSPECTIVE IS KEY-
Interior design is like a recipe, and all ingredients matter, regardless of how small the quantity is. If one ingredient is removed, the whole recipe can change (or even become a disaster). With the design, each item has its place, including negative space. On top of the design, we also must address styling. Styling is the positioning of each element for the best function and feel.
SET AN INTENTION-
Before I launch a full-scale overhaul of my client's space, I start by asking for the stories behind their favorite pieces. I ask how they feel in their home and how they want guests to experience the space. This myriad of responses culminates in intentionality and gives us a clear goal for the design plan.
USE BEST PRACTICES-
While design rules exist to be broken, here are some of my most-loved best practices for designing and styling eclectic spaces:
If the client's space is neutral, I add a pop of color (but don't overdo it).
I find a common element in contrasting items: a vintage, curvy grey chair that can be paired with a modern, straight-lined grey sofa.
I add a conversation piece, such as an unusual lamp, table, figurine, or art piece.
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