Piece de Resistance: 8 Ornate Mirrors

I can’t help but choose that ornate mirror staring at me in the Room of the Week as the piece de resistance. Its Hollywood Regency style is just the right amount of creative tension for this eclectic room.Barrie Benson - Projects - ranch redo - Slide 0 - © Copyright Barrie Benson Interior Design. All rights reserved by Barrie Benson and/or the respective photographer.A mirror like this is a great way to fill the large wall space above a sofa…establishing it as a great focal point in the room. If the extravagance of the Hollywood Regency style doesn’t mesh with your own, I promise there is an ornate mirror that probably will. Here are 8 of my favorites in 8 different styles.ornatemirrorforeverystyle copy

SOURCES (the mirror and sofa in each scenario are from the same store)

Which style are you?  Or are you an eclectic mix like the Room of the Week?

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Put Together Your Own Elegantly Eclectic Room

On her website, Barrie Benson describes her style as a juxtaposition of “modern with traditional” which she has labeled “South of Modern,” and I think it’s elegant and eclectic.  Using this room as our guide, we can learn a lot about creating our own eclectic rooms. Here are a few tips:southofmodernstyle copySOURCES: Purple Sofa | Modern Valance | Blue Patterned Rug | Red Throw Pillow | Blue Floral Pillow | Vintage Embroidered Floral Throw Pillow | Midcentury Style Chair | Ornate Mirror | Modern Blue Vase | Table Lamp

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The Anatomy of an Eclectic Rancher

For my third week of sharing ranch houses this week, I thought I would go back to the very first interior designer I featured on my blog (you can see my first post here…), Barrie Benson.  She is one of my favorite interior designers, and she has the prettiest eclectic style.  The room I chose is from her own home, a ranch house she renovated, and you can see more pictures here.  Let’s take a peek…

anatomyofaneclecticranchhouse copyI’ll be back tomorrow sharing my favorite smaller details in this room.

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Housekeeping: Vintage Tablecloth turned Throw Pillow

One of my favorite weekend hobbies is checking out estate sales.  There is something fun (and a little creepy) about seeing how someone set up their home, and what kinds of things they decided to collect.  Estate sales are always the perfect spot for me to feed my love for vintage textiles.  I find lots of beautiful fabrics, usually in great condition, for just a few dollars.  Several months ago I picked up this pretty tablecloth that was mostly white, with gold metallic stripes running through it.

tableclothpillow2I know it would make the prettiest throw pillows.  I was able to get three throw pillows out of the single tablecloth…here’s one in action!

tableclothpillow1I’m having so much fun with this new-to-me patterned sofa.  I don’t normally go for this much color and pattern mixed together, but it’s fun to go a little out of my comfort zone with this small nook in my house.

Score anything fun at an estate sale recently?  I’d love to hear!  And, have a great weekend!

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Piece de Resistance: Patterned Kilim Pillows

The pair of kilim pillows in the Room of the Week is such a fun way to add a lot of pattern and texture inexpensively.   Kilim pillows (made out of flat-weave rugs) come in almost any color and pattern you can imagine.  I scoured Etsy to find the coolest patterns and colors…here are 19 pretty options.

differentkindsofkilims copySOURCES: Retro | Patchwork | Asymmetrical | Minimal | Plaid | Abstract | Symmetrical | Small Pattern | Neutral | Solid | Eclectic | Floral | Southwest | Bohemian | Sparkly | Large Scale | Striped | Embroidered | Granny Chic

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