In an article on Houzz, Kerrie Kelly, an interior designer who specializes in authentic and livable spaces, said that if you find modern ‘too sleek’ and ‘traditional too stodgy’ when it comes to sprucing up your home, you may be able to define your style in one simple word: transitional.Eclectic living room in Sweden from Dusty Deco, photographed by Martin Lof
But what IS transitional style, exactly? Basically, it fulfills your desire to have little bit of this, with a little bit of that in their living room. ‘Column A’ meets ‘Column B.’ When my husband and I first moved in together three years ago, we had a melding of the worlds: his antique dresser, my mahogany side table, his modern slanted bookshelf, my 1950’s diner stools. To be frank, our personalities meshed well, but our interiors did not.The Buckingham Chesterfield Sofa in antiqued leather finish from Distinctive Chesterfields
Luckily, people tend to not hold fast to the old rules regarding what ‘works.’ Before, an old couch may have looked out of place in a modern home, and a contemporary piece of art, for example, may have stood out (in a bad way) in house full of traditional pieces. But not anymore! We live in a glorious time.An industrial Houston Loft, photographed by Peter Molick for Build Content
We can revel in picking out a piece that take influence from bygone eras to complement an otherwise strikingly modern room. Pieces like tables made out of wire, and bold rugs, and smaller accessories are used in spaces featuring furniture you’d be likely to spot in the gentlemen’s clubs of yesteryear (cigars, snifters, and all).Scandinavian home photos by Helena Hlom for Lantliv
Featuring a mix of finishes, materials, furniture and fabrics, transitional style knows no bounds. The result? Transitional! Mismatched works.The Greek home of Alketas Pazis, a collector of all things design from the 1900s – 1950s
You might see a chesterfield sofa, for example, taking center stage in an industrial-esque city apartment, against lead piping and brick walls. The chesterfield sofa has been around for hundreds of years; many believe that the first tufted leather comfortable couch was designed in the 18th century by the fourth earl of Chesterfield. This english invention is one of my favorite basic pieces to mix and match. It can be eclectic, modern, contemporary, antiquated or transitional.
This post is sponsored by Distinctive Chesterfields, but believe you me, all opinions are my own.