When i worked at House & Leisure Magazine, the word ‘eclectic’ was verboten. The problem was that it was the word most people chose to describe their home so when writing up house stories i had to find a million other ways to describe a term that sadly had become a cliché. The thing is, i get where people are coming from – if you can’t quite put your finger on your style, if you like Scandi style, you love Mid Century Modern but you’re partial to an overblown flower and a wonky painted side table or two, well, it’s safe to say you’re pretty much up there in the eclectic scheme of things.
While i’ll always be partial to gazing at the beautiful, pared down perfection of Scaninavian interiors and the easy-on-the-eye-ness of monochromatic interiors, i’ll always come back to what i know and understand – and that’s eclectic interiors. Why? Because for me they’re all about layers and layers of personality – pieces of furniture that have been picked up in junk stores or handed on from others, fabrics that have seen better days but are still beautiful, slightly dog eared cushions and rugs and paintings that are beautiful to you and you alone. In the eclectic home, modern and antique furniture items rub shoulder and shocking pink and orange sit side by side. Why? Because you like them, that’s why!