How many designers and stylists have we heard respond to the question What is your personal style? with something along the lines of, “It’s all about the mix! High and low, old and new, modern and classic.” We all know how crucial “the mix” can be, yet when it comes to shopping for furniture and homewares, I (Cristina) am undeniably drawn to certain styles and themes. A sucker for clean Scandinavian lines, neutrals, and bright modern art, I find it difficult to work antiques, traditional pieces and darker colors into my space. Try shopping with a friend who has different taste to yours, their perspective might point out pieces you’d otherwise overlook. If you always go to the same blogs, magazines, and shops then try changing up your routine for fresh inspiration (for me this means trying my hand at antiquing). Or try introducing just one different piece to a room, like adding a landscape painting to your gallery wall of photographs – the diversity will make your collection more interesting! Keep reading for ideas to bring variety into your home, and I’d love to know: what elements are missing from your mix?

 *inspiration photos Lonny, highball glasses Etsy, butterfly frame West Elm, Chinese chest 1stdibs, blue porcelain tray High Street Market, octagon frame Etsy, agate coasters Zara Home, Eames DSW chair Design Within Reach, green pedestal bowl Etsy, bone inlay tray One Kings Lane

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    Elise {Buttercream & Roses} | February 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    In my home I have more antique accent pieces similar to your oriental piece above. I find it difficult to incorporate modern elements in my home. I love the white chair something similar would work great for my desk.

    • Cristina Cleveland | February 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

      That chair with a heavier more traditional desk would make a great contrast!

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls | February 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I love seeing vintage pieces in other people’s homes, but somehow I’ve yet to muster the courage to try antiquing myself! Right now, I’m contemplating turning my grandma’s old Singer sewing machine into a vanity, but I’m not sure how it would work with my bedroom decor…I guess I’ll just have to give it a try to see 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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    Tabitha | February 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    That is such a beautiful sideboard above, and I see Knob Creek – so I’ll be right over.

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