January 13th, 2012

Catching up on some blogs I typically read, I scanned the comments and noticed quite a few followers are really put off by quirk. Me, I say celebrate it. It makes your room your own. After all, just how many people will actually find the exact same insert name of weirdness you have in your decorating scheme, and love it as much as you do. Personal style is rather amazing that way. Here are some of my favourite quirky rooms:

Lots of quirk going on above, but when handled within a limited palette and with such a spare hand, this room really works. Let’s play Where’s Waldo and spot the quirk. For me, the two rather dire-looking portraits, topped by the tortoise shells fill the wall with quirk. But other subtle things such as the way the table lamp is situated in the shot, and even the tight bed coverings are a little odd (is this a daybed or sleeping bed? It looks like stylish prison bunk to me but I still love it).

Here spot the quirk is easy. Of course it is the collection of heads on the sideboard. Again, a limited palette and spare hand seem key. While there is only one true element of quirk in this room, by grouping lots of examples of it en masse, it really works. Maybe it’s because we at Found  (our online store) love rescuing what we call conversation starters, that I am so attracted to quirk. And yes, I am the co-Founder that keeps trying to sell mannequin hands. I cop to that.

This last image is a little more subtle in its quirk. But for some, a birch tree branch and some slabs of wood qualify as quirk. They serve no purpose put to look good. And am I right, did someone “Put A Bird on It” in the top right corner of the room. For once, I don’t mind, the bird works in this room.

So I say lighten up, don’t be so serious about decorating. Get your quirk on. But remember, a little goes a long way.

Image 1. via abundanceof.blogspot.com

Image 2. from Yatzer via desiretoinspire.net

Image 3. photographer Anita Calero’s apartment, via abundanceof.blogspot.com


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