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Friday, June 26, 2009

Friendly Friday: Arlynn's Home

I am currently working on a commercial remodel and design of a condo clubhouse. It is a large job and I am partnering with my dear friend Arlynn who is a decorator herself. During one of our meetings to discuss plans for the remodel I took a few pictures of her home. I love this art that hangs in her office. Although her kids are now grown, it is still precious.

The home itself is built in the Spanish Colonial style. Within its four walls Arlynn has cleverly combined various design styles~ which is known as eclectic. It is the most challenging of the design styles and Arlynn is a master.

Many of her pieces were scored at estate sales.

Everything is warm and welcoming.

Cozy corners.
Art shows up in the sweetest and smallest of forms.

Table side vignettes.

This art group is a great example of eclectic. Although each piece is vastly different, it works due to color palette, scale and the hanging of the pieces gallery style.

Another grouping. Balance is the key.

Simple elevation with books is always a great way to achieve balance.
Lamps anchor the collection.

Art is even on display in the master bathroom. Arlynn loves to change things out seasonally. White looks fresh for summer.

Who knew the Marlboro man and French provincial furniture could get along so well?

I love the sconces on this wall.

Here's a close up.

The crystals are just the right amount of sparkle.
If she wants to add sparkle elsewhere she can just detach the magnetic crystals. Brilliant!

Do you decorate eclectically?


Kammy said...

I heart her furniture !! Indeed cozy !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your friend Arlynn certainly has lovely taste. Thanks for letting us seeing her home.

Anonymous said...

Laura- Thank You for sharing your friend Arlynn's home decor -- it was eye candy! I especially liked the wooden piece towards the beginning with I believe it is a veneer wood design of stars on the front doors. It had 2 lamps on top of either end and mirror on the wall centered! What neat finds!

Tracy Pardue Watier said...

I love an eclectic, collected look. Even as a designer myself, I don't like it when everything is "perfect"... from the same genre, period. etc. Eclectic, when done as well as in your friend's home, is so much more interesting and personal. The family portraits are quirky, yes, but loaded with meaning and history, I'm sure. That makes them far more valuable than any "big bucks" fine art that might have taken their place.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

She has a lovely home...I especially like her bathroom!

Jill Elaine said...

I would love to have you come to my house and tell me what my style is!!! I just go with what I like and move things around till I'm happy with them!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said... the buffet & that bath. Your lovely for sharing Laura. Happy weekend to you!

Allidink said...

I don't know if what I do could be called eclectic or a mishmash LOL. I love so many styles! Nice photos.

All the best,

Carrie said...

I enjoyed seeing her eclectic a collector, I like a variety of styles, so I mix it up in my home furnishings too.

Karen said...

What a lovely home. All the art work is just beautiful and I especially love the soaking tub!
Thank you for sharing.
Have a great weekend Laura.

Nancy said...

Such a beautiful home and a very talented lady.


Liz said...

Oh dear.... I'm afraid my style is eclectic... but it's not supposed to be! :) LOL! To do it intentionally (I think) takes great talent or it looks mismatched and hodge podge .... Your friend clearly has the gift! A lovely home! Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing it.


ScrappinAway said...

With a great name like Arlynn how could she not have good taste! I think that name is going on my list for future baby names!

Joy said...

I love those sconces too. :o)

I think I must decorate eclectically because my MIL's sister asked me today if my craft/"extra" room was "shabby chic" or not...then said "well it's not country..." I just shrugged and said "Sort of?" LOL

Linda said...

Such a beautiful home - thanks for sharing the photos!

Yes, I like to think that I decorate eclectically, though I don't have nearly as many decorative pieces in my home. I tend to prefer a more empty space with a few interesting pieces.