Eclectic

In a New York City master bedroom, serenity is achieved through a carefully thought out mix. Including Chinese fretwork panels mounted as a headboard, a lucite chair from a Hudson NY. antique shop, and a Biedermeier side table, upon which sits a Venetian glass lamp from the 1950s.  Soft pale purple wool is draped over the bed, and is used for the curtains as well.
The designer opted for floor to ceiling turquoise draperies, as well as for the fabric covering a large upholstered ottoman, then mixed it with yellow for a vibrantly decorated apartment.
In the corner of a bedroom, a simple desk is made from old corbels which have been mounted onto the wall, and topped with a large piece of glass.
Crisp lines of a tailored bed are mixed with classical elements such as the interior shutters on the windows.  The day bed and various collected objects are used to accessorize the room, and create visual interest.
A tableau of objects; old boxes from Bali, framed Italian prints, a cupid found in Peru, mixed with an antique mirror, bring romance and visual focus to the sideboard in a dining room.
A custom designed bed made using fabric from F. Schumacher. The magnificent Art Deco style Venetian glass chandelier adds even more romance to the delicately hued bedroom.
A pair of Art Deco mahogany and brass armchairs covered in a damask fabric from Pierre Frey. The distinctive, 1960s  French, André Leleu and Raphaël four-door green lacquer cabinet is raised, sitting on glass legs, is French. It came from Maison Gerard, in New York City.
A distinctively global eclectic collection set in a space where natural light bathes muted toned walls. This allows the jewel tone accent pieces to stand out in a mix of objects collected during the owner's  travels.<br />
Venetian-plaster walls in a warm plum tone set the backdrop for a  Wolf Kahn painting hung over a tufted William Haines sofa and a Lucien Rollin Collection ottoman. Christian Liaigre designed the club chair, and the armchairs are by Holly Hunt. The 1940s cocktail table is from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, and the rug is by Doris Leslie Blau.
Colors from Italy and India inspire the burnt orange velvet covered English roll arm Ralph Lauren sofa, in a Tribeca loft, in downtown New York City. A 19th century wrought iron and wood gate, from India, helps separate living room from dining room, but allows the beautiful natural light to fill  the space.
A dining table in a New York City loft uses a slab of limestone for its top, and a base made of parts salvaged from an old bridge.  Behind the table is an American sideboard, its original paint and weathered look adds a rustic element that works perfectly with the muted gray tones of the walls.
A Ron Ehrlich painting is displayed above the living room sofa, upholstered in luxurious pearl cashmere and silk velvet from Holland & Sherry. The chandelier is from Bernd Goeckler Antiques, the Dennis & Leen armchair, at left, is covered in a Jim Thompson fabric, and the cocktail table is by Magni Home Collection, with two-inch glass.
Custom designed tufted sofas in black velvet are juxtaposed with a white terrazzo floor and dark charcoal walls. It's all set off by a striking <br />
coffee table made of  Carrara and nero marquina marble. <br />
Lustre Tourbillon lanterns by Herve Van Der Straaten, are hung to illuminate a hallway. A hand-crafted and blown Murano glass lamp, with a custom shade made of rich purple silk.
The doors leading to the bedroom were windows salvaged from a 1920s building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The mix includes Ralph Lauren chairs, an antique iron and wood Moroccan window to create the  coffee table, and a vintage Italian chandelier.<br />
The family room of this eclectic Art Moderne styled New York apartment has a floor lamp by Alpha Workshops and a tufted sofa accented with pillows in a Dedar ikat pattern. The chairs are from Holly Hunt, and the coffee table from  Dennis Miller.
An apartment in the fashionable Potts Point district in Sydney, Australia has views of the harbor and city. A neutral gray-based palette anchors all areas with a pietra serena stone floor and extensive use of Italian dyed veneer as wall panelling. The lounge area of the  master bedroom features a Barcelona daybed, Louis XVI-style chair and a Knoll Saarinen Tulip table in black marble. The plasma TV is wall-mounted on a fabric wall.<br />
A pair of 1940s upholstered French chairs with matching damask cushions.  The space as a whole has been opened by installing custom-designed screens of geometrically woven anodised aluminium that allow the apartment to be divided into discrete areas without visual truncation.<br />
 In the entry hall of a Sydney, Australia apartment  stands a 19th-century French plaster statue. Down the hallway is a small work area with a desk by Marcel Wanders and a chair by Viennese architect Josef Hoffman.
A renovation of an elegant Potts Point, Sydney, Australia,  apartment filled with antiques and rich detailing. The abstract painting by Dale Frank is flanked by a pair of bookcases filled with books and decorative objects. The Philippe Starck ‘Mademoiselle’ chair is upholstered in a chic Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print fabric. In the foreground sits a 1940s French wrought iron table with a limed oak top.
The palette was restricted to black stained oak floors, white planked walls & battened ceilings and a generous dose of white linen in the form of slip covers & sheer curtains. Blue and white predominates in china & fabric patterns as well as classic woven rugs from Madeline Weinrib in New York. The renovation, which occurred in two parts over several years, three bathrooms & the kitchen were reconfigured, a new master bedroom suite created, and all doors replaced with custom shuttered French or sliding timber French doors.<br />
This image: Antique Chinese cabinet. Sisal rug on floor.
The Louis XVI-style chair is upholstered in Jim Thompson orange-red silk. Looking through to the kitchen, a Marilyn Monroe silk-screen print by Andy Warhol sits on the Carrara marble counter. The antique table is a 1830s Geridon with a black marble top and mahogany veneer base. The ‘shiny black’ floor lamp is the Spun Light from Flos.
A master bedroom that basks in wonderful ocean views and utilizes vibrant color and pattern for the accents. The headboard is upholstered in Jim Thompson fabric from Milgate and an Indian bedspread adds another layer of exhuberant color.
Comfort is foremost in the open-plan living area, with a custom-made marble-topped dining table. Pillow on the wicker chair carries out the blue and white theme.
A  pair of 1940s upholstered French chairs with matching damask cushions float elegantly in the neutral hued apartment. The walls are paneled with Italian dyed veneer. And technology mixes with luxury-- the plasma screen TV is suspended within the mirror wall panels in the living room which also features a custom-made marble shelf.
A renovation of a sophisticated Sydney, Australia apartment  filled with antiques and rich detailing. Here a 1940’s Venetian mirror is paired with a Louis XVI-style gilt chair and a chest of drawers in the  Louis XV-style.<br />
In a large multi-level family home in Mosman, Sydney, the internal finishes are primarily limestone and limed timber veneer, and form a durable and neutral backdrop for the client's collection of contemporary art. Furniture and objects include both antique and modern pieces. Here, an antique rug, Barcelona daybed, and a Dale Frank painting.
Muted colors, soft textures and European and Asian antiques are woven into this finely balanced interior. The antique hand painted Japanese screen stands in front of custom upholstered Dupioni silk wall panels. A pair of chairs in the Louis XV-style, with a side table from Rose Tarlow Melrose House.
The master bedroom features antique art and sculptures, plush carpet and fabric panels on the wall. A mink spread is draped across the bed.
The extensive book collection is stored in wall-to-wall bookshelves made with custom-designed joinery. Floor to ceiling mirrors on wall reflect the eclectic collection of modern and antique furniture pieces.
Photographs by Greg Barrett of members of the Sydney Dance Company are mounted on the mirror above the custom-made credenza.
A custom designed sofa in the sitting area and library. The side chair, a  Louis XV style is  upholstered in African mud cloth, Barcelona stool upholstered in Sahco Silk velvet.
Finishes throughout the decor focus on hues of charcoal and black; mirrors, limestone, black granite & Arabescato marble with richly colored Artsilk carpets. The overall effect is cocoon-like comfort that evokes the atmosphere of a 5 star hotel suite.<br />
Velvet curtains and a sumptuous carpet in the main bedroom ensure quiet and an atmosphere of luxury. The wall is covered with prints and photos by the likes of Brett Whiteley, Lewis Morley, Paul Westlake, Norman Lindsay and Helmut Newton. The Canape sofa,  from Studio Eclectica.
An airy space with high ceilings sets the stage for a classic marble topped Florence Knoll dining table, paired with dining chairs in the Louis XVI-style. A  Maxalto chair is covered with delicate lilac fabric from the ‘Simplice’ collection.<br />
An elegant Louis XVI-style table is juxtaposed with Andy Warhol’s version of Mao.

Eclectic interior design for your home

Creating an eclectic look is more than just a mixed bag of modern furniture juxtaposed against traditional pieces, or adding colorful ethnic elements set against a contemporary backdrop.  Eclectic design is  imaginative, complex,  and liberating. The best eclectic designers bring together diverse components to enliven spaces with an energy and a unique visual rhythm.  Color, texture, shape and finish, all play a role here. An eclectic look is often defined by a mix of different fabrics — patterned or  textured, that are part of a layered and cohesive ensemble.

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