This is my first installment of advice from HGTV’s Summer Baltzer, whom I had the chance to interview last weekend for this blog and What’s Up Annapolis magazine. I will be sharing some design trends and advice from Summer on this blog and on What’s Up Annapolis’s website. Click here for my online What's Up article about using the color gray, Gray is the New Tan.
According to Summer, eclectic interiors are all the rage. (When she said this I almost hugged her, but that would have been kind of weird so, I just took notes and nodded).
“Eclectic interiors are here to stay,” she says. “We are getting further away from the ‘matchy, matchy’ look where your end table and coffee table and everything has to match.”
Why? Eclectic interiors exude personality.
“Having an eclectic interior makes your house so much more interesting to look at," says Baltzer. "It allows you to buy from a lot of different places, bring in collections from your travels and makes your house unique.”
I couldn’t agree more. I have always possessed an eclectic style. It may not work for everyone, but it works for my family and me, so that’s what counts. What I like best is when people walk into my home and are intrigued about certain items. Or when my friends are out and see something and say, “that is so you!” I feel that my home is me – there is no one style – it’s country, cottage, shabby chic, rustic, primitive, vintage with a little coastal flair. One thing it isn’t, I guess, is contemporary.
When I purchase furniture or accessories for my home, I buy them because I like them. Not because they match or will “go with” my décor. I buy it and I fit it in and I truly believe that’s what decorating is all about. After all, you and your family are living there day after day so surround yourself with the things you love. I want everything in my house to have a story!