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March 30, 2012

Is decor gender specific?

When Shabby Chic burst on the decorating scene several years 
ago its distinctive femininity appealed to many of us.  The Laura 
Ashley ruffles of the previous design wave met antiquity head 
on and distressed elegance was created.

Not only did it encompass many different aspects of design, 
Shabby Chic revived our interest in the different textures of 
vintage pieces and was the precursor to our current design 
phase - Stark Eclecticism (a term I made up!) 

Where as Shabby Chic is girlish, Stark Eclecticism is
unique mix of classic design, industrial chic, midcentury
modern, vintage, and retro decor - often with quite 
charmingly masculine results.

As much as I like it, I just have too many
pretty things to be a minimalist.

We can't have a Friday without a little repurposefulness:
(another word I made up!)

Two examples of using vintage bed springs as a 
posting board or organizational tool.

Got extra belts lying around?!

Remember when plumbing use to be hidden behind the wall?

I love wood crates.  They're so rugged and versatile.

Have a great weekend.  If you get a chance, go thrifting!


  1. What a great blog. Such eye candy. It's nice to visit a blog that's not bogged down with advertising, but simply sharing a passion of old things and decor. Thanks so much for a breath of fresh air.

  2. So glad you like it. Several months ago when I created the blog it was mainly for self-enjoyment and an exercise in writing and design. Kind of got addictive - now I love blogging everyday. Thanks so much for stopping by. -- Jan

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