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Tasteful Friends: Is this eclectic done right?

We had on here a few days back, a home in Indianapolis that was crammed full of stuff and it felt quite jarring. I came across this house and while it's fanciful, it also feels restful. Are we looking at a a style setter, or do you feel it doesn't work?

by Anonymousreply 4904/16/2019

Holy Hell. Who designed the room in picture number 12? What color is that? And who is the poof hanging on the wall? Are they going to try and tell us that's a relative?

by Anonymousreply 104/15/2019

It looks big from the outside, but is very divided-up and small on the inside.

One of the rooms (the one R1 highlighted) is surprisingly gaudy for such a rustic place.

by Anonymousreply 204/15/2019

I think it’s charming

by Anonymousreply 304/15/2019

No. Eclectic doesn’t mean “throw a bunch of shit together and call it a day.” You still need balance in scale and proportion and common threads in color and form.

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2019

eh, no. Some rooms verge on shabby chic or md-century, such a mish mash with no direction. The rooms are too small for this "look". That kitchen really sucks too, I hate it when people take antique furniture and turn it into counter tops. It's also been for sale since 2013, so there must be something wrong with it other than the way it looks.

by Anonymousreply 504/15/2019

Actually this makes the Indianapolis home appear very well done. While this is a lovely property, many of the furnishings are not appropriate for the style of decor most suitable. The mid-century and other modern pieces do not bode well in my opinion. It would be better in a more traditional New England styles.

by Anonymousreply 604/15/2019

Agreed it is a lovely property, but the house exterior (tiny upstairs windows) and interior border on ghastly...

by Anonymousreply 704/15/2019

I'm curious as to your thoughts on suitability. R6. Because the house dates from 1780, does it need to be furnished exclusively to that period? I am definitely pro-preservation, but I think it's important not to keep something trapped in amber like a museum.

by Anonymousreply 804/15/2019

Tis very connecticut

by Anonymousreply 904/15/2019

I actually like it. I love the house (living room?) opening up onto the sun room, very nice. The blue bedroom is a bit eye-searing, but nothing paint won't fix.

I agree the bits of mid-century modern furniture are out of place, but that's a small thing.

by Anonymousreply 1004/15/2019

Looks like 2 gays decorated it out of years of weekends spent at "antique barns" and thrift shops. Why is a porch lantern serving as the lustre over a glass patio table, for 4, in the dining room with 6 likable enough chairs? And so on. In fact one of them surely owned a a shabby chic shop that failed after 5 years, in the late 90's. They are hopefully in their mid to late 60s, which would explain what has happened here.

by Anonymousreply 1104/15/2019

Hi R8. I, myself, would decorate this in a more classic New England style. I would use more classic pieces with fine antique pieces mixed in. Because of the home’s geographic location I think a few very tasteful pieces that are authentic to when the home was built would be a nice touch, but I wouldn’t be looking for hoop skirts and bonnets anywhere.

As I said, I think the home is lovely. The mid century pieces are questionable to me but many others may love it like that.

by Anonymousreply 1204/15/2019

I'm 6'3" so I am instantly aware of all the low ceilings. OK for a summer cottage or weekend getaway

by Anonymousreply 1304/15/2019

R11 ding ding ding! The winner.

by Anonymousreply 1404/15/2019

I like the wood beams on the ceilings.

I don't like the red walls.

Is it haunted?

by Anonymousreply 1504/15/2019

It looks like they just tried to cram modern and traditional together, with it really just looking like traditional with bright splashes of color. They should've stuck to one or the other, this mixture doesn't work for me.

by Anonymousreply 1604/15/2019

Check out the ugly, pointless abstract painting in pics 5 and 7. Might as well be the corporate art featured in Gremlins 2. I wonder how much that set them back.

by Anonymousreply 1704/15/2019

Yes, why stainless steel in that kitchen in CT?

Who painted each chair in the sun porch a whimsical color? Hopefully a nice neighbor boy, old bohemian broke branch of a good family, sent as a day student to Kent School?

by Anonymousreply 1804/15/2019

Tacky gay 90s decor

by Anonymousreply 1904/15/2019

I do like their table lamps.

by Anonymousreply 2004/15/2019

I recognize that place. Overlooks the river

by Anonymousreply 2104/15/2019

[quote] Who painted each chair in the sun porch a whimsical color?

Lol, that jumped out at me too.

by Anonymousreply 2204/15/2019

I think both house and decor are pretty good. However the photographs are not flattering; they are your basic realtor pics which try to include as much as possible.

by Anonymousreply 2304/15/2019

I know that house. It's on Route 7 in Kent Connecticut. Very busy road, trucks and motorcycles on weekends. Route 7 goes from Norwalk by the sound all the way up to the Berkshires in Mass. It's one of those charming houses that is never lived in for very long as it's always for sale. Very noisy.

by Anonymousreply 2404/15/2019

r1, I used to date a designer who called that color "tongue."

by Anonymousreply 2504/15/2019

Nothing eclectic about the place except the hideous vermillion walls in that one room. Once that's painted over and the furniture is replaced, you've got a very nice old-fashioned house with lots of lovely hardwood accents. Plenty of bedrooms, nice place for a family.

Nice, but unremarkable.

by Anonymousreply 2604/15/2019

I couldn't live there, it would drive me crazy, low ceilings like that are just too claustrophobic and I am not nearly as tall as R13. There is more than a foot space above my doors and windows.

by Anonymousreply 2704/15/2019

I sort of like the house, it does seem very Connecticuty. They sure went wild with all the color and not in the best way. My guess is that it was crammed full of much more crap, the Realtor made the owners call in Trish the Stager to edit some crap and then bring in different crap to make it more marketable.

by Anonymousreply 2804/15/2019

Some of these rooms look like a pediatrician's waiting room.

by Anonymousreply 2904/15/2019

I like the kitchen, the trophies room is really tacky.

by Anonymousreply 3004/15/2019

I like it.

by Anonymousreply 3104/15/2019

Boy you bitches are fickle. It's not my taste exactly, but I appreciate what they've done,

by Anonymousreply 3204/15/2019

This room gives me a headache. Notice the huge, round table near the window. Obviously too big for the space. Knotted pine can make a room look stressful.

by Anonymousreply 3304/15/2019

This room is set up to look like a coffee counter at Starbucks.

by Anonymousreply 3404/15/2019

This room is super ugly with the pastel orange walls. Chairs don't match the table. Room not inviting at all.

by Anonymousreply 3504/15/2019

We've seen much worse on DL

by Anonymousreply 3604/15/2019

Hated it!

by Anonymousreply 3704/15/2019

I like it but would redecorate.

by Anonymousreply 3804/15/2019

R24 , is Indianapolis in Connecticut ?

by Anonymousreply 3904/15/2019

R33, I think that room just needs a lot less stuff in it.

by Anonymousreply 4004/15/2019

What does that even mean, R39?

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2019

Tacky, claustrophobic piece of shit. From the outside, it looks like a matchstick house with a cheap-looking roof. Ponderosa pine walls? Please. At least there wasn't a Sputnik chandelier mixed in that mess.

by Anonymousreply 4204/15/2019

Hate it.

by Anonymousreply 4304/15/2019

I like the house and all flaws are easily fixed, except those distressed ceiling beams. It just looks like crappy wood, it doesn’t look antique.

by Anonymousreply 4404/15/2019

Shady Pines, Ma!

by Anonymousreply 4504/15/2019

Nobody paints their dining room the same shade as Pepto Bismol and puts up "art" that's a cross between impressionism and cubism unless it's a cow getting milked. I can't tell. It's awful. It doesn't belong in a dining room. It doesn't belong in a barn; it would spook the cows.

it's a gut job. It makes my gut hurt.

by Anonymousreply 4604/15/2019

Looks like a great place to rent, for a weekend.

by Anonymousreply 4704/15/2019

This is only a weekend or vacation home, right? I mean, we’re all on the same page that this is a second home and not a primary residence, right?

I hate all the furniture but it’s fine for weekend or vacation.

by Anonymousreply 4804/15/2019

Why would it have to be a weekend place, R48? Seems like it could go either way,

by Anonymousreply 4904/16/2019
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