I get so many questions on this topic, that I finally had to really sit and think about how to explain it, and how to give examples without sharing photos of my perceived no-no’s. YIKES
A FEW QUESTIONS THAT I LUMPED INTO THIS POST
What am I missing?
What are you doing different?
I love a Cottage Style, but my home seems like a picture from an outdated Country Living Magazine, help?
What are your secrets for mixing old and new?
Can I mix woods and metals?
Why does my romantic home look like a Grandma lives here?
This is just a sampling of the questions I’ve received from you, so I finally decided to write a Blog post about this subject.
I get so many people asking me, what are you doing that I am missing? What are your secrets? If you are like me, or even if you are not this still applies. If you love Romantic, French, Parisian, or Old World, inspired design, then you are like me, so lets chat.
If you love Romantic, French, or Parisian Style, this can be a slippery slope. We will talk other styles as well, so hang in there. You have heard the saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” the same is true for decorating your home. So, do you want to know the secret to pulling off this romantic look in this modern world? If everything in your space falls into one of the above mentioned categories, it can very quickly start to look, outdated, old-fashioned, and like a grandmother lives there. That is not how the Parisians live. Carefully and thoughtfully decide on two maybe three pieces from the above loved categories, so maybe a Tufted Sofa and Gold Gilded Mirror, or Crystal Chandelier and Floral Tufted Carpet, then that is it, STOP. Now add to that same space modern wall art, modern rugs, modern pillows, modern side tables and any decor. Limit floral prints unless they are modern versions. This mix of old and new is what gives your spaces the modern, elevated, collected over time, rich, traveled, lived in look and feel. Avoid everything being matchy matchy, mix those woods, mix wood and painted pieces, Antique and Store bought, and yes, mix those metals. This is the secret sauce, it gives the space interest and sparks a curiosity, to want to look around and see what else they can find. There is no creativity to everything looking the same, and it can be kind of boring to look at, like really another vase of flowers and I might cry. I have done this myself.
For all of those still struggling, do a search on Pinterest for “Parisian Style” and study those images, they have high ceilings with layers and layers of intricate moldings, elaborate fireplaces with gold gilded mirrors and chandeliers, everything else in the space is Modern, Scandinavian, and has clean lines. Pick and choose your pieces carefully, and don’t be afraid to move a few pieces out the door and start over. Live it up, girl.
THIS FORMULA WORKS WITH ANY STYLE
Too Tradition can be stuffy, and stand offish. It can lack that welcoming feel. ADD something whimsical, or modern, here.
Too much Farmhouse can look like a Retail Store, if your guests come in and get the urge to shop, you need to pull back. Remove a few things first then, ADD something from the Garden to soften this look, or Scandi-style to clean up your love for Farmhouse.
Too much Boho-we love you Boho, but too much can look cluttered, junky, and even juvenile. ADD a few oversized Traditional planters or urns, or some clean lined Mid Century Modern furniture for balance. Keep your Boho stylized pieces to a minimum.
Too many Antiques-can there be too many-yes! I feel like too many can look cheap, and like you can’t afford anything else. (and maybe that true, but don’t advertise it) But…… add one or two per room and your space looks rich, warm and cozy. People wonder if the pieces are Heirlooms or if you paid thousands for them.
Bottom line, do what you love, and live in the space of your dreams, but if you are one of the hundreds that have asked me for help, this is it.
Hope this was helpful.
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