Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories and styles.
If anyone asks me what my style is I say – eclectic. Eclectic is easy, you just use what appeals to you personally – believe me, it works and is huge fun. My kitchen is a prime example. I mix old with new – one has to in an age of labour saving devices.
My cottage is around 400 years old but I am not a slave to its age. Philippe Starck plays a huge role in my kitchen.
I have a Dualit toaster because it is simple. No buttons wth every shade of brown known to man. I just pop my tost in and set the timer. It is an ageless classic.
My bathroom is a mix of old and new. Not the expected claw foot bath but a modern design from Italy that has lights inside the double skin. When it is full of hot water it softens so is like lying in a giant sponge. Bliss! Bathrooms look best when you mix your styles.
I love to mix it up. I broke this huge bust and instantly saw a use for it – in went my paint brushes. Always a talking point when we have visitors.
The French do eclectic brilliantly. They have such a huge choice of antiques and also have the most amazing super stores selling innovative modern designs, they mix it all up and end up with an enviable look.
Anything goes really. Flea market finds sit alongside family heirlooms and modern classics. I never cease to be amazed at the way the French put together a room. So many people would walk away from this lamp thinking they would have nowhere to put it, but by placing it over a table the problem is solved.
A classic Louis fireplace is a wonderful focal point, and by placing design classics and recycled junk around it you instantly have a quirky and interesting scene.
There are no boundries. Who would have thought to put gates in their bedroom? The result is stunning.
Eclectic is a way to show your personality to the world, it is part of you, your beliefs, your sense of style and more importantly it creates a place where you feel totally at home.
Whenever I need an eclectic fix I am fortunate enough to live not far from RE, an amazing shop based in Corbridge, Northumberland. It is stuffed full of every style you can think of.
New and quirky, old and worn, revamped and gorgeous it’s all there – and now RE have opened a store in Liberty in London, lucky Southerners can have a bit of it also.
Open your eyes to eclectic, it is so simple and will give you the greatest pleasure as there are no rules. Just go with the flow!
Based in Northumberland's National Park, Di Overton (owner of mydeco.com's very own supplier Ghost Furniture) has a passion for all things rustic and vintage. Lovingly restoring lost and forgotten furniture found at flea markets and vintage fairs both in the UK and France, Di has a great eye for a piece with potential. Take a look at her blog here - designersblock.blogspot.com. You can follow Di on twitter @GhostFurniture Read more posts by Di.