How to Have an Eclectic Home {in 31 Easy Steps}

Have you ever wanted to give your personal style a shot in the rear?  A booster shot, if you will, to kick it up a level and really break out of a rut?

Girl (or Boy), I have been there.  In fact, this entire blog is really a testament to what happened when I stopped doing what I thought I should do and starting doing what a I wanted to do.

A few years ago, I wrote a series on how to work towards having an eclectic home.  For 31 straight days (this was a HUGE thing for me then, people), I gave tips, tricks and inspiration on how to have an eclectic style.

It’s been a long time since I mentioned the series, so I wanted to take today to put it out there again in case you missed it or could use a little refresher.  I have added links below to all of the 31 posts so that you could easily take a gander at them in the order they were written.  They aren’t very long, so it shouldn’t take you long to get through them.

Ready?  Here we go!

31 Days to an Eclectic Home series via MakelyHome.com - Great primer for people wanting to add an eclectic feel to their home.

Day 1 :  Embracing Eclecticism




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{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 31 – Have It Your Way

Today is Day 31 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home.  For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October.  This may end up killing me.  Or you.  But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.

For the past 31 days, I’ve been running my mouth (fingers?) about creating an eclectic home.  I don’t pretend to be an expert about anything, but it’s been fun sharing my ideas with you.  I know eclecticism is not a style that is embraced by everyone, but more and more I see people moving that way.  I have just been delighted in the response this little series has received.

As our last day draws to a close, I just want to issue one final directive:  Have it your way.  Whether you are at Burger King or in your own home, YOU have the ability to do whatever you want.  Paint a crazy pattern on the walls or keep them sleek and white.  Paint a chair frame bright pink or just add a colorful collection of throw pillows.  Ask for extra pickles or ask for none at all.  It’s totally up to you.

Lilly Pulitzer via Horchow

And do you want to know the cool thing?  There’s no “right” or “wrong.”  Throughout the series, I’ve talked about some guidelines and they are simply just that – guides to get you started.  Embrace them or ignore them.  It is YOUR home and YOUR style, and it is unlike anyone else’s.  Think of it as your very own snowflake.

Thank you so much for joining me over the past month.  I’ll leave my 31 days button in my side bar; clicking on it takes you to all 31 entries.  For those of you who are new, welcome to my world and I hope you’ll stick around!  I’ve got some fun things I’m working on, and I look forward to sharing them with all of you soon.

Until then?  I think it’s finally time for a nap.

 




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{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 30 – Rehabbing a Tired Chair

Today is Day 30 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home.  For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October.  This may end up killing me.  Or you.  But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.

Not too long ago, I assigned some homework to you guys.  I wanted you to find a chair to rehab so you could bring some great color into a room in your home.  As far as I’m concerned, a piece of painted furniture is one of the easiest yet most substantial changes you can make when you are aching for some color.

I, too, found a tired chair.  She was thrown in the corner of a little shop here in town, with several other items stacked on top of her.  She needed to be rescued.

Oh, the poor little chair.  She had so much potential, but she desperately needed a makeover.  Over the course of just a few days, she found a new life and now adds a fun touch to my bedroom.

How to Rehab a Tired Upholstered Seat Chair

1.  I began by removing the yucky upholestry from the chair.  I didn’t worry about pulling out the upholestry staples.  I just used my scissors and cut off the top layer of fabric and the batting.  This revealed an original layer of fabric (this chair was being made over for at least the 3rd time), and I just left that one in place.

The dust cover on the bottom was also ripped, so I removed it the same way.  If it had been in good shape, I would have just left it alone.

2.  Next, I sanded the wooden frame of the chair to remove the shine and years of grime.  I sanded with a 150 grit and then a 220 grit sandpaper.  I wiped the chair down with a wet cloth between each sandpaper grit and when I was finished.

In order to prep the chair for painting, I used ScotchBlue painter’s tape to tape off the fabric around the frame.  This isn’t absolutely necessarily, but I didn’t want to get a lot of paint on the fabric I was leaving on the chair.

3.  I primed the wooden frame of the chair with Kilz primer and a Purdy paint brush.  I prefer to prime wooden pieces with a brush or roller instead of using a can of spray primer.  It’s a personal preference, but I think the finish is much smoother when done by hand.

4.  I had some of the yellow paint left over from my dresser rehab, and I used it to paint the chair frame once the primer was dry.  Again, I just used a paintbrush.

5.  I decided that the chair needed a little depth so I {surprise! surprise!} glazed the detailing with my favorite Ralph Lauren glaze tinted to Black Silk.  I used a cheap chip brush (not my Purdys!) and dabbed the glaze into the detailing.  I worked a section at a time dabbing, wiping with a wet cloth, wiping gently with a dry cloth, and wiping only what I wanted removed with another wet cloth.  Once you have the technique down, glazing is quick and easy (although I was really scared the first time I ever attempted it).

When the glaze was dry, I added 2 coats of glossy Minwax Wipe-On poly.

6.  After the poly was dry, I sprayed some spray adhesive onto the original fabric (see why I kept it?) and laid a thin sheet of craft batting on the top.  I stapled it above the frame in a few places.  If you have access to a pneumatic staple gun (one that attaches to an air compressor) you definitely want to use it.  Otherwise, you can use a regular staple gun, but just be prepared to remove about 4/5 of the staples that don’t go in all the way.

7.  I laid the fabric over the batting, stapled it on one side, pulled it tight, and then stapled it around the frame.  I cut away the excess fabric as I went around each side.  Again, this step is made ridiculously easier with a pneumatic staple gun.

8.  Lastly, I applied a thin bead of hot glue over the staples and attached some gimp trim.  It finishes the look and hides all of those staples.

9.  My local fabric store was out of the type of fabric I like to use for a dust cover, so I haven’t added that yet.  I bought some plain cotton fabric to use, but I really like to use dust cover fabric so I’m going to wait until it’s back in stock.  I will just staple it on the bottom of the chair, folding the raw edges to the inside of the chair.

That tired little chair, once neglected at a an antique/vintage/junk shop, now has a new life in the sunny bay window in my bedroom.

Now, it’s your turn.  I challenge you to paint your chair frame any color other than black or white.  What color will you choose?




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{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 29 – Match vs. Coordinate

Today is Day 29 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home.  For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October.  This may end up killing me.  Or you.  But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.

As I get older, I find myself shaking the notion that everything in my home has to match.  Now, when I say match, I mean identical in the same pattern or color (I know not everyone subscribes to this definition of “match,” but this is mine).  Instead of going for a matching look, I tend to want my items to only coordinate – be complimentary in color, pattern or texture.

Adding and subtracting pillows from your bed can make a huge impact if you’d like to move from matching to coordinating, too.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that every bedding retailer sells a duvet with matching shams, throw pillows, bed skirt and sometimes even sheets.

Pottery Barn Nantucket Duvet Set

Why do they sell that many pieces if people are trending away from the matching look?  Well, they want to sell stuff.  And a lot of it.  So, instead of you just buying the $99 duvet cover, they want to upsell you all of that other stuff so you’ll end up spending $500, right?

Pottery Barn Delphine Duvet Set

Instead of buying all of that, why not just the duvet or coverlet?  Yes, it will take more time finding coordinating pieces, but it will make your bed more interesting, lived in, “real” and eclectic.

Original source unknown

Obviously, your bedding doesn’t have to be quite so bright, but these are always the images I am drawn to.

Original Source Unknown

I do make one exception for matching bedding, and that is the case of the all-white bed.  I think an all-white bed can look great with shams and pillows from the same line, but they can look fantastic with mixed white pillows as well.  You know I love color, so I also think they look best when there is some great color in the room.

Elle Decor

What are your thoughts on matching vs. coordinating (be it bedding, furniture or anything in between)?




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{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 28 – Hadley Pottery Giveaway Winners & a Discount Code

Today is Day 28 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home.  For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October.  This may end up killing me.  Or you.  But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.

It’s time to announce the winners of the awesome Hadley Pottery giveaway!  I randomly selected the winners using the website Random.org.  Honestly, there were so many entries that made me cry, and I wish I could have given something away to all of you.  What touching stories you shared with us.

Without further ado, the winner of the “Give Thanks” platter is…

Flybabymom (Commenter #48).

The winner of the “All gone” bowl is…

Whitney (Commenter #19).

Congrats to our winners!  I will be in touch with you shortly for your shipping information.  For those of you who didn’t win, Hadley is graciously extending a 10% on a purchase of $50 or more discount to my readers.  Simply enter “lindsay” on the first checkout page at HadleyPottery.com.  Thanks to the great folks at Hadley for everything!

Have a great Friday!  I’ll be back later today with more of my 31 Days to an Eclectic Home series.  We’ve almost survived the month, y’all!




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{31 Days to an Eclectic Home} Day 27 – Authentic Decor

Today is Day 27 of a 31 day series on creating and cultivating an eclectic home.  For some crazy reason, I have accepted The Nester’s challenge to write on the same theme every day for the month of October.  This may end up killing me.  Or you.  But, I appreciate you reading and welcome your comments.

A few years ago, I began noticing that many of the home decor stores were selling found and one-of-a-kind objects.  Part of that intrigued me, but the rest of it made me a little sad that the treasure hunt was being taken out of creating an eclectic home.

Pottery Barn Found Dough Bowls

It then occurred to me that there are parts of the country where people don’t have access to excellent vintage and thrift stores like I do.  Being able to buy found objects via a decor store suddenly make that style much more accessible.  The same rings true for Etsy being an accessible place for consumers to purchase handmade and vintage goods.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article touching on these themes.  In “All that Authenticity May Be Getting Old,” Emily Weinstein discusses found and reproduction items being sold via stores such as West Elm and Pottery Barn.  She also explores the opinion that authentic, handmade and one-of-a-kind decor may simply be a trend that will go by the wayside in a decade.

I disagree with the premise that authenticity is a trend.  Actually, the thought that authenticity could be a trend scares me.  What does that say about us as a society?  And, instead of bemoaning that vintage objects are easily accessible these days, I’m happy that other home enthusiasts have that opportunity if they choose to take it.  I personally enjoy the thrill of the hunt, but not everyone shares in that thrill.

If you have the chance, read the NYT article and let me know your thoughts.  Do you think authenticity is a trend?  And is it really authentic if you buy it from the pages of a glossy catalog?




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