We're with designer Corre Larkin in Newport Beach, California. Larkin's eclectic aesthetic can be seen in her vintage furnishings and collected accessories from her travels. The home is a colorful and personal ode to all she and her family love.
Hi, I'm Corrie Larkin, and welcome to my version of California eclectic. Inside my home you're going to find pops of color, loads of texture, and a bunch of interesting internet finds. Lots to see, so let's get started. The theory behind my design process is what I like to call California eclectic. If you look through our living room, you'll see pieces that I've collected over the years, some pieces that have been handed down to me through my grandparents and my parents, and then also pieces I've picked up from my travels. And one of the things I'm asked all the time is, how do you know what to buy? I'm a true believer in buying things that you love, and then you will find a way to incorporate that in. The way to pull it all together is to stick with a similar color palette.
So in this room I started with this amazing antique rug and then worked those tones throughout the rest of the room. One of the most popular pieces of furniture in my house are these mid-century modern chairs I recovered in deer hide. It's unexpected, it's unique, and it's always a hit. Our kitchen and dining room are all one space, and if your house is anything like mine, then this is the hub of the home. We do a lot of entertaining here, and my inspiration behind the design was a Parisian bistro. So we did the long butcher top counter, the antique lights, and then the custom-made table with the bistro dining chairs. When you have an open, bright space, you need to add a pop of color.
We did that in the kitchen with the dark countertops, and then in the dining room we added in some statement artwork. We chose the spot painting because it's a modern piece of art against some of the more antique features in the room. I wanted to add in a corner that has a lot of character. I put in this antique butcher block as well as this convex mirror. These pieces have been around for over 100 years, and they have their own stories to tell.
I'm a firm believer that kids rooms shouldn't just be catalog and throwaway pieces. So in my daughter's room, I used a bunch of one-of-a-kind items that could grow with her. For instance, what was once an antique butcher rack, I turned into shelves for her. Also, this mother of pearl inlaid chest from India provides the perfect statement piece. For my son's room, we decided to warm up the place with a bunch of natural elements. We went with the driftwood mirror, the feathered juju hat, and the mother of pearl inlaid chest.
So here it is, the master bedroom. And I've saved the best for last. The beaded glass chandelier and the rattan bed give the room a bohemian feel. However, when we pair that with the antique cane chairs covered in leopard, all of a sudden you get that unexpected twist. A lot of people put their best pieces of furniture in the living spaces, because that's what everyone sees. I'm the opposite. My favorite pieces of furniture are here in this room. While everything in the shelves has to be beautiful and also mean something, in my opinion, they also have to stick to a similar color palette. These antique horse figurines were passed down to me from my Norwegian family. The Cambodian figurines are passed on from my grandmother, and I found this Victorian phone at an estate sale. And some things I buy just because they're beautiful.
Thank you for joining me on this tour of my California eclectic home. And I hope it inspired you to go off and find an heirloom for yourself. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find my next treasure.
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