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Balanced Eclectic Living Rooms

July 25, 2013

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Eclectic is definitely a word I would use to describe my favorite designs. A little bit old, a little bit new, a little bit sleek, a little bit plush, a little masculine, and a little feminine. Or possibly a lot of feminine, when the mood strikes. The above room really excels at balancing masculine and feminine touches. It has a great vintage vibe mixed with the more modern white wall and art. It’s pretty clear that whoever lives here is a fun, creative person. The sofa is not something I’d choose but quite a showstopper nonetheless. I really don’t like the rug though.

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Country, Mid-Century, Bohemian, Scandinavian, etc, etc. I can point out so many styles being touched upon in this room and yet it is entirely cohesive. That is quite a feat. A restricted color palette works wonders, folks.

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Le sigh. This is classic Emily Henderson. So comfortable, so fun, an excellent use of plants, a Mid-Century influence updated to feel fresh. I like really want a navy blue velvet sofa and it’s all Emily’s fault. She is notorious for using blue a lot but that’s because it really is such a good color. It’s widely liked by both men and women, it’s calming and cooling, and it’s practically a pseudo-neutral the way it goes well with virtually any color. And it’s purdy. Especially in velvet.

Speaking of blue velvet! My boyfriend convinced me to watch Suspiria (1977) this week and whoa, that is quite a film. The part that is heralded as the most horrifying murder scene ever filmed was not exactly my cup of tea but over all it was an interesting watch largely because of the incredible sets and use of light. Check out these colors.




These my friends, are blue velvet walls. I definitely shouted, “Are those walls velvet?!” The Suspiria sets are probably a tad grander and over-the-top than most of us would actually want in our home, but man are they fun. If you can stomach some grisly, bloody murders and a deeply disturbing soundtrack, it might be worth watching this movie just to see the set design!

one | photo by J. Ingerstedt
two | Anthology via desire to inspire
three | Emily Henderson
Suspiria screenshots found here.

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  • Reply Brian July 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I really like number two, Country, Mid-Century, Bohemian, Scandinavian, etc, etc. It just seems so inviting and comfortable. I’m not so sure about that light fixture in the first room. It appears to be defying gravity and positioned to conk somebodies head.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers July 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      #2 definitely looks like a comfortable place to be! Haha, yeah the light fixture in the first one is a very elaborate swing-arm wall light. I think it’s higher up than it looks and hovering over the couch where it’s not likely to strike any heads. 🙂

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