50% French Eclectic
25% Hollywood Couture
My specific style combines three more general styles:
50% French Eclectic
French EclecticParlez-vous français? Oui, oui!! I just wish my home did, too! French Country, like its name, somehow manages to both be formal and casual, classy and unassuming at the same time. I like my spaces to feel inviting from the moment I (or my guest) opens the front door and this feeling should continue even after I've entered my most formal room. Even though there are French antiques here and gold details there, the rustic elements provide a balance and warmth that seems to say, "come in, relax and stay a while." My love of antiques should lead me to flea markets, garage sales and hours of eBay hunting.
MaterialsThe materials and pieces I am drawn to play on the mix of formal and casual. Many of the pieces look like they were passed down from my great-great-aunt (even if they are brand new!) and I managed to upholster them in a way that made that piece both then and now. Much of the furniture is wood-framed and the wood is either left natural (hey there rustic!), painted white (hey there country!) or even gold (hello refinement!). And many times there is a strong mixture of all of these. I find myself leaning much more towards the "country" side of things and away from the Parisian side, so - drop the gold details and replace them with wrought iron.
ColorsWhen it comes to color, I am drawn to bright and airy options. Thoughts of the French countryside are key - warm colors such as yellows, reds and oranges hinting at fields of gold. But the nice thing about French Eclectic is I can just as easily go in the opposite direction: pale blues and greens hinting at acres of lavender fields and expansive blue skies.
Space PlanningWhen I think about laying out my French Eclectic room the key is to invite people in and encourage them to stay. So furniture should be grouped nicely to encourage intimate conversation and the main pieces should be comfortable in both look and feel. There should be plenty of places to set drinks, prop feet and lean back. And yet the functionality of these pieces doesn't necessarily mean that they aren't beautiful antiques or replicas.
...yeah, I wish....
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