Thursday, 13 June 2013

Eclectic look

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful week!

I thought I would talk about eclectic interiors, seeing that it seems to be the buzz word right now.

Actually eclectic interiors have been around long before the word become fashionable in design circles.  Centuries ago, humble abodes were filled with the eclectic look.  Ordinary people didn't have a choice.  Custom made furniture was expensive to have commissioned and they just made do with what they had.   It was only the very wealthy who had the means to commission craftsmen to make up pieces of elaborate furniture.  They were keen to show their prosperity by having identical pieces of furniture made up, like dining room chairs, and dressers etc for displaying their many pieces of bespoke china.  

The ordinary working folk just filled their homes and cottages with hand me downs or gifts from family and well wishes when they set up home. A rustic old chair sourced here, an old table thrown out of some Lord and Lady's kitchen became the elements that made up the inviting but humble kitchen of years gone by. 
   
Some of us having been 'doing eclectic' for years, long before we knew the meaning of the word!

In recent years there's been a leaning towards a less formal approach to designing and a more casual feel to our spaces.  Although of course there is method to the madness of putting disparate pieces of furniture from different centuries together and ensuring it all looks like it just happened accidentally!

The British love the eclectic look but there are many others who also enjoy decorating this way.
Not sure where this comes but our roots seem to suggest that we feel more comfortable with worn in objects.  
Perhaps it's something to do with nostalgia for times past.   We are so enamoured with our history, that it becomes part of our present and our future.

We are just not too comfortable with a completely formal look.
It puts us on edge.


But for those of  you (me included) who enjoy a muddle of choice pieces arranged together to form a cohesive whole (my own words!) - a few eclectic spaces across the globe to encourage you to mix it up a little!


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And my own eclectic style board:



Have a great day!
Sharon
xxx

8 comments:

  1. Lovely darling...enjoy your day !!...x !

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    1. thanks Ria, I'm looking forward to gardening this weekend! Hope yours is a good one!
      xx

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  2. Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! It is much appreciated. I enjoyed your 'ecclectic' post. I believe our interior, although modern, has an ecclectic touch as well. We have several pieces of furniture and paintings that were handed down by family and lots of flea market finds :-)

    I am glad our garden is a source of inspiration to you. We love it very much! Hope your garden will look just as lovely! It took me seven years :-)

    Happy week,

    Madelief x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it....I love the eclectic look it's easy on the eye and you can add and take away pieces as you wish. I don't think my tiny matchbox garden will ever look like yours, but I'm keen to paint the shed and add some decorative touches as well as plants...xx

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  3. Hello Sharon,
    Thanks for this stylish lesson, and for sharing the beautiful photos.Have a nice weekend
    Hugs
    Erna x

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    1. Thanks Erna, have a great weekend too!
      xx

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  4. Mmm...I love the eclectic look, too! It shows more personality, doesn't it. I remember a time when I wanted everything mitchy-matchy, but I've changed. After seeing an eclectic home, I knew that it was time to change. The images you have here are all wonderful.
    Hugs, Cindy

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    1. Hi dear Cindy, glad you enjoyed this post. I think our spaces evolve over time as we do and we settle with a design that we feel most comfortable with. Hugs! Sharon x

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