[one_fourth]Web Bio[/one_fourth]What do you do when you love the clean lines of contemporary/modern design, but you also connect deeply with antiques and vintage items? Or perhaps you adore deconstructed industrial but have a hankering for a bit of French Imperial gilt in some corner of your soul? Can mid-century ever partner comfortably with Impressionist paintings?

We talk about “eclectic design,” but it can sometimes be difficult to make the look cohesive. The eclectic design spectrum can teeter dangerously into chaos on one end and slide into the doldrums on the other.

Here are some tips on how to make high-style eclectic decor work for you, as demonstrated by one of our favorite projects. Though our project is in an luxe Soho loft, you can use these hints to bring a bit of high-style design anywhere!


A client who purchased a gorgeous contemporary penthouse apartment in a historic building in New York’s Soho neighborhood asked us to mildly renovate and completely furnish the entire home. The client had a very specific vision—inspired by her favorite New York lodging: the fantastic (pictured to the left), which is just a few blocks from the apartment. She also wanted to incorporate specific pieces from her collections.

The Crosby Street Hotel is part of the wildly popular Firmdale Hotel Collection, headed up by Tim and Kit Kemp.

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The hotel collection is famous for its quirky but classic English modern design by way of Kit Kemp’s signature design concept, which includes bold colors, contrasting fabrics and patterns, and a heady mix of luxury and fresh contemporary touches, including original art and comfortable living spaces.

Eclectic style, like all good design, should look effortless, but so many elements must be perfectly balanced to make it all cohesive rather than a jumble! We knew that, aside from the collected and vintage pieces, we would have to rely on using completely custom furnishings, multiple wallcoverings and upholstered wall treatments to keep everything well balanced.

We also knew that, due to the magic of New York’s old buildings, there was no freight elevator that accessed our penthouse, so we would have to design items in parts that would fit into the tiny passenger elevators or be brought in via crane! (Oh, New York, New York!). Try stopping traffic on Broadway on a Saturday night. That’s an entire blog post in and of itself!

We dubbed the project style Electric Eclectic.

You may have noticed that we generally have a short, two or three word style for each project—this can be really useful to keep the project on track on a minute-by-minute basis or overall. Sometimes we fall in love with details in furnishings or art, but it just doesn’t suit the concept—having a conceptual name that you can use to quickly decide whether your current crush fits into the design can be really valuable, so we encourage you to try it!

Our design boards incorporate our client’s style by focusing on colors she loved, but in patterns and textures that helped achieve our vintage and collected vision. Pattern was carefully balanced throughout so that small detail weighed perfectly against larger design elements, to allow restful spaces for the eye as well as interest. And, as in all New York City projects, when the home has a view, the fabulous city skyline would remain paramount in the design.

In our photo gallery pictures, note how the layers of the interior design—not too deep, not too light—reign in the chaos of eclectic modern design. The completed design mixes texture with pattern, grandeur with coziness, comfort with high style!

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 Have you struggled with an eclectic design project? We’d love to hear your stories and questions—and if you need more ideas or help, check out our , or our Design Teams at either or to get ideas, feedback, or to source the perfect product for your project. (If there’s enough interest on the subject of eclectic design, we may do another Q&A post, so comment away!)

Until Next Time,



Dbh-biz.info Team