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Modern Meets Traditional

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. 

Dusty Deco ChesterfieldEclectic 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.

HAREWOOD CHESTERFIELD SOFAThe 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.

Houston Loft Photo by Peter MolickAn 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).

photos by helena blom for lantliv.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 – 1950sThe 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.

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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