Oftentimes, clients will ask me about my rules when it comes
to my interior spaces.
To be honest, I'm not sure that I go by many rules.
Probably because I'm not sure what they are meant to be.
I do however, have a few favourite guidelines.
One of which goes something along the lines of, it's all in the mix, not the match.
Simply put, I find that the most interesting and successful looks are
achieved when you mix things up.
Froufrou with minimalism. White and bright. Contemporary with antiques.
Shiny new with chippy old. Soft and hard. Industrial with handmade. Upcycled with upmarket.
There is a little of all of these in my home, and although there are no matches made in heaven, the mix is just fine.
I so agree with stylist supreme Megan Morton when she says that some of the
best mixing is achieved through budgetary constraints.
The bach is a perfect example.
Huge contemporary painting above a rustic old table made from an old door.
And a combination of handmade textiles, travel finds, old steel and crisp cotton
make a bedroom that is cool, calm and restful.
Low on budget. High on the mix stakes.
Perhaps because the mix is so unpredictable and eclectic, the results are individual
and unique, and above all fresh.
So, that's my no-rules approach, guideline no.1 - it's in the mix, not the match.
BUT, match the mix to your taste and style, and you too will have an interior space that is yours and yours alone.