These past few years, the design term Eclectic Style has become a well worn catch all phrase describing any number of combinations of furniture, fabric and lighting, etc. in a room – most of which I struggle to understand and come to grips with. To me, an Eclectic Style project has to be as carefully and thoughtfully curated as any other style that comes to mind. I further propose selection and placement become more critical as various pieces of differing styles and periods are asked to play off each other in a room.
I’d like to share a delightful story I came across in the Jan/Feb 2105 issue of Elle Decor that meets my criteria. It is an apartment in Milan overlooking the 16th Century Chiesa di San Barnaba e Paolo. (I’d take the apartment for the view alone…)
Purchased by fashion writer JJ Martin and her husband, she recounts a delightful tale of the renovation of the apartment. But what first caught my eye were the pictures – a delightfully eclectic blend of furniture, lighting and accessories set against a background of wonderful colors and textures. Enjoy the tour.
Living Area: 1930’s chairs paired with 1970’s Massimo sofa. Original mantel and wood floor.
Dining Area: 1940’s Italian dining table, 1970’s Italian chandelier, 18th century bas relief.
Sitting area: 19th century drawings and Maurizio Galimbreti photo above custom sofa.
Bedroom: Poliform bed, 1950’s bedside table and lamp and table lamp made from an 17th century candelabra.
Desk: 1970’s walnut desk, 1940’s French chair, 1950’s sconce and 18th century antique mirror.
Have a great week!
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