My 5 Unpopular Interior Design Opinions…Hear Me Out


July 12, 2023

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  1. audrey says:

    Lovely article, thank you for sharing. We styled our home this way as I prefer a timeless, cozy, lived in feel. We are avid readers so lots of books on the bookcases with a few special items mixed in. We have a large photo wall in our dining room, all black and white photos in black frames (different but similar styles), mostly candid poses. We love a good eclectic piece that conveys character (our wingback in a funky mustard yellow fabric). And I prefer upper cabinets especially with some glass doors thrown in, but only if the cabinets go up to the ceiling. I detest how everyone cuts off the uppers and it just leaves a huge gap and tops of cabinets that have to be cleaned to not be gross (getting to old to climb up and deal with all that lol). Also, plants…not so many that it feels like a conservatory but enough to add life to the rooms. Also, loving your do and do not guides. So incredibly helpful without a lot of extra fluff reading.

  2. Lm says:

    I have to disagree with your choice in paint sheens. I find people who love satin buy their paint from Sherwin Williams (which has their own standards of sheen, so satin is duller in SW than other companies), anywhere else satin is much shinier. Semi gloss on doors and trim? Way too shiny. Paint has come such a long way in the last few decades that satin is plenty durable for trim and doors.I used to work in property management and now I work in the paint world, satin will forever look rental quality in my opinion.

  3. elizabeth says:

    Yes! You described our home. I love our home to be a reflection of our family. We love reading so our beautiful bookshelves made by my husband are full of all our of our favorite books with little reminders of wonderful times tucked in…a small bottle of little seashells, a small replica of Big Ben, a small painting of the lake in Maine painted by one of my sons when he was younger, a few wooden carved elephants from our time in Africa, a rock that is in the shape of a heart from one of my sons, etc…those books and the treasured objects remind us of special times, adventures and memories. In the same vein, we love having candid photos of family and friends around our home. To me, eclectic feels lived in, collected over time, cozy and comfortable. I must try the satin paint! Blessings to you!

  4. Laura says:

    I much prefer books on bookshelves. My bookshelves are stuffed with books as I am a big reader and love books. I paint all my walls with a satin finish and high gloss on my woodwork.I don’t have any open shelves in my kitchen as they are just dust collectors. I have quite a few family photos on several tables in my house, they make me smile! I don’t believe I have anything eclectic, but I’ll take a look around!Love your decorating.

  5. pm says:

    I agree with all of your points. My favorite was the one to fill bookshelves with books! There are many photos online of rooms with lots of shelves barely filled with just a few objects, and it looks empty and pointless to me. Maybe it’s a look I just don’t understand?

  6. sullivan says:

    okay also what was eclectic about the pic you posted.. Green velvet on an arm chair? I love eclectic style so loved that photo!

    • Danica says:

      Yes! Traditionally you wouldn’t see modern green velvet fabric on an original wingback chair which makes it a beautiful eclectic piece!

  7. sullivan says:

    Agree with every single thing you said. Great post! Thank you, I will follow each and every piece of advice so thank you for offering it! Colleen

  8. Danica says:

    I’m telling ya…eclectic design is super underrated! 🙂

  9. ec says:

    Is there a gentle way of getting a seemingly professional writer to stop making grammar errors? It is so simple to check if one has used "I" or "me" correctly. If the sentence is "I am off to print a photo of Chris and I…", simply drop "Chris and" out of the sentence and you can see that you would never "print a photo of I". You would print a photo "of me". So the sentence is "print a photo of Chris and me…" I do love your posts so please don’t stop. I am pretty sure I will catch some flack from your readers for this but I really am trying to help.

    • leah says:

      No flack from me! I was taught this trick over 20 years ago in school. To this day, I still use it. It’s amazing to me how many quasi-professional writers and bloggers seemingly couldn’t be bothered to utilize appropriate grammar.
      Aside from that, it was a great article. The designation of what eclectic is vs. what it isn’t was a lightbulb moment for me! Thank you!

  10. kelsey says:

    👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 couldn’t agree with these statements more

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