Sometimes people talk about decorating styles, and I just blink and nod, never sure the difference between 'postmodern' and 'modern' and 'ugly but trendy'. I often see things I can appreciate as beautiful but cannot imagine having in my home. I think part of it is the curse of the Arizona track home. Really, off-white stucco and a red tile roof on the outside sort of limits how you can style the inside.
When we bought our house, it had saltillo tile. I admit, I was not sure what to do with this. My first reaction was that I was stuck with southwestern style, which I tend to abbhor. And then I considered doing some cobalt blues, which would offset the tile but still not be our taste.
And then something happened...we started to uncover things we loved which were not any one color or style or trend. My mom brought us a tapestry from San Diego, one of those Peruvian style multi-colored pastoral scenes. And then we uncovered some old linen wall hangings ay my Great Aunt's home, collected in the 60s and 70s when she and her husband owned a travel agency. These things found places on our walls, but still we were trapped in no-style land.
And then, Luca started crawling and the need for a nice area rug arose. It was then that we discovered our tastes leaned toward the eclectic. We didn't want oriental, nor modern, nor florals. We couldn't decide on one color or pattern. Nothing struck us as, well, US. That is, until we found the rug we ended up getting...a patchwork style semi-oriental with reds, greens, blues, tans, whites....it was perfect.
Anyhow, it was then that I discovered we DO have a decorating style....best described as eclectic. And so, in the spirit of that, I've been looking online for home decorations I love, even if it's more for ideas than anything else. So here it is: my eclectic mess of things I love. Enjoy.