Two Looks, Two Rooms, One Shop

You've heard the golden rule of decor, yes? That you can't purchase everything from the same place for fear your rooms will look like they're carbon copies of your local showroom? Throw that rule out the window. In fact, throw every golden rule out the window, because it's not about rules. Decorating is about what you love, and it's a personal, beautiful thing. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

And just to drive that point home, I've created two rooms using key pieces from just one shop. Of course, it's a pretty eclectic shop, so my job was easy. But it's entirely do-able with any store, with a few helpful hints:

[image credits here, all from anthropologie]

1. Mix styles.
Sure, we've got a pretty French, typographic chair above, but it absolutely sings when paired with a modern, muted paint swatch curtain and a few industrial magnifying glasses.

[image credits here, all from anthropologie]

2. Mix periods.
The sweet vase above could easily be an antique, while the octopus curtains are clearly a modern interpretation of a vintage sketch. Keep things fresh by bringing in surprising finds from different eras. Bonus? Your home will never look dated.

3. Mix finishes.
Brass and wood, silver and gold, metal and pewter. Mix and match your favorite textures, finishes and sheens for a layered look that's clearly unique, personal, and you.

Are you sensing a trend here? Mix, match and have fun. Go forth and make your homes beautiful, friends!

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Time and Space

Sometimes I play little design games to entertain myself, and today's game of 'Time and Space' is no different. Although I like to pretend that time doesn't exist, it very much does. So naturally, in my head, every room needs a continual reminder of that existence, through a (preferably well-designed) clock. Yet so many of my favorite interiors are missing clocks… until now.

In 'Time and Space', I'll match my favorite clocks with their perfect spacious counterparts. Ready to play along?:

[Clock: Contemporary Heaven, Room: Per Gunnarsson]

In a stark modern space, an artful and graphic clock is the perfect accent for bright white walls.

[Clock: GNR8, Room: LonnyMag]

The juxtaposition of bold reds and pretty pinks is enough to make any glamour girl swoon. And the simplicity of this sweet clock will balance busy stacks of books perfectly!

[Clock: A+R, Room: EmmasDesignBlogg]

Any kid needs a reliable alarm clock that's as bright as it is fun. Bonus? He won't lose it in his dirty laundry.

[Clock: HORNE, Room: Nice*Room]

For a space that's equal parts industrial and midcentury-modern, an old schoolhouse clock fits the bill. And that empty wall above the desk is just screaming for some timely love!

All in good time, I suppose.

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