buy uggs Mixing It Up With Care In Home Decor
“It’s all in the mix” was the refrain last weekend at the Interior Inspirations show in Old Lyme, a fund raiser for the Child Family Agency of Southeasatern Connecticut.
“The matchy matchy thing is over,” declared New York designer Larry Laslo. He likened the prevailing mood to wearing Ugg boots with a tulle gown, a biker’s jacket and drop earrings. “Wild eclecticism: That’s really what we have now.”
Perlini, who was honorary co chair of Interior Inspirations, was one of eight interior designers who created room vignettes for the show. Carey, editorial director of Connecticut Cottages Gardens magazine.
When it comes to eclecticism, “it’s a fine line,
” agreed Richard Ott of Richard Ott Interiors in Bloomfield and DesignSourceCT in Hartford. “If you’re not careful, it can be a disaster.”
Ott said he looks for balance in colors and textures. In his room vignette a mellow and intimate foyer niche he chose linen covered walls, shield back armchairs and a deep maroon and leaf green floral rug from Pakistan. A trio of antique prints at varied heights added balance and weight over a black wrought iron table and Oriental lamp. The table lamp its base a bronze sculpture of a horse pulling a rickshaw and the checkered shades atop the lion’s mouth wall sconces mixed in a bit of playfulness.
Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico in New Canaan said she likes to bring in modern accessories to shift a room from its more traditional bearings. It can be as simple as a cool textured bowl or a more modern vase, or even just a more asymmetrical arrangement. She also said she’s mixing more metals gold with silver for added drama and patina.
Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors in Greenwich said her recent obsession is with texture. “I’m all about sparkle” she said, and its interplay against flatter fabrics.
In her room vignette, she juxtaposed the antiquity of Venetian plaster walls in an Old World scroll pattern with the sharply architectural effect of black and white sailing photographs.
Larry Hamre of Lawrence Hamre Designs in Essex said he prefers to use a muted palette as he did in his garden room mostly in warm shades of gray because color seems to accumulate on its own.
Then when you add a deliberate touch of color, say with pillows, “that becomes the earrings in the room. It energizes me,
” Hamre said. “A little bit goes a long way.”