A friend of ours recently moved into a new home. Because it's considerably smaller than her last space, she listed a lot of her furniture on Craig's List, taking only what didn't sell. Which means that she was left with a lot of odds and ends from different rooms that weren't bought to go together...
The dilemma's to now integrate the eclectic pieces into a unified whole. We think that the easiest way is with colour. In our friend's case, she's decided to reupholster all of her remaining pieces in a single fabric -- her choice is a neutral nubby linen -- and bring in colour with pillows, artwork and accessories. She'll paint the wood on the more ornate pieces white and thereby hopefully be able to unify Louis XIV chairs, a modern upholstered boxy couch, an Eames side chair, a Knoll table, a Bergere chair and an ornate club chair in one room. Stay tuned for her before and afters.
If your furnishings are eclectic (as if often the case when you're shopping from family, thrift stores, flea markets and sales!), how do you unify the look so your home doesn't look like a secondhand store?
[image: Matt's Eclectic Luxury