One of our favourite bloggers, Mary Jo Matsumoto of
Trust Your Style posed this question that we think is a very common decor dilemma: I love modern furniture but the main pieces in my house are not modern. Is it okay to make the kitchen/attached sitting room modern even though the front of the house is filled with older pieces? I'd like to put in a white Saarinen table and some white eiffel chairs by the patio doors and either a small white Knoll couch or a charcoal couch like this one (above) in the attached room.
We definitely think it's fine to mix and match older and more modern furniture and decorative pieces. In fact, we recommend it, as we're big fans of eclectic interiors that convey the spectrum of interests of the people who call the space at home. Looking back at the interior decor of the Eames or William Haines, one realizes that modernity should never be limited by the pretense of a singular era, finish or aesthetic. Mixing and matching textures, eras and styles only accentuate what makes modern pieces beautiful.