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Eclectic Sitting Area With Ladder Shelf
Repurposed ladders now serve as shelves to display meaningful objects, tchotkes and books to give this sitting area a personal, collected fell. An antique cane back chair, modern white side table and fiddle leaf fig tree create an inviting, eclectic corner sitting area.
Gladys Tay is a woman of many interests. The Singapore native and current resident of St. Paul, Minnesota explores a few of them in-depth through her eponymous website, which focuses on an eclectic combo of cooking, art and vintage furnishings. For the past two-and-a-half years, she’s shared a 3-story, split level house with her husband, Frank. After an intense period of renovation, Gladys' strong design sense and love of objects combined to turn the 1800-square-foot space into a wonderful temple of maximalist design.
When the couple first entered the space, it took their breath away. And not in a good way. “Everything looked like 1984,” Gladys recalls. “Wallpaper, kitchen, cabinetry — the basement was completely carpeted [and there were] dropped ceilings.” A desire to renovate all at once led to Gladys and Frank living and sleeping in the upstairs living room for several months as renovations took place everywhere else. Once the moment arrived to design a proper living room, however, Gladys made up for lost time.
A self-described “eclectic maximalist,” Gladys puts her design abilities on full display in her living room. The combination of modern furnishings, vintage accessories and quirky objects draw the eye in a dozen directions at once, promising new delights at every glance. Gladys is quick to name the space as one of her favorites in the home, largely because it houses some of her most treasured pieces. “It’s a collection of special objects and happy memories,” she says.
From the kitchen, the family room is a return to form with an amazing array of pieces, accessories and art including a very abstract curved chair and a massive skull sculpture, wearing a sun hat. Asked about the secret of her skill for blending so many influences and so many pieces, Gladys points to her work. “Being a vintage dealer, my home is filled with 90 percent vintage pieces,” she reveals. “The layering of objects and art makes the home very visually stimulating.”
Throw the rulebook out for mixing patterns and see the cool rooms that result. This seating area pairs a dainty toile wallpaper with a bold geometric floor. A trim black sectional pulls the two moods together.
Mornings automatically feel more cheery in this colorful breakfast nook where blue paisley shades and cushions and pops of bright pink welcome the day with style. Gold accents are a sophisticated finishing touch.
Masculine Den With Deep Purple Wall Color And Upholstered Sofa And Leather Arm Chairs
This masculine den and club room features deep purple walls, woodwork, and antique upholstered sofa, traditional leather arm chairs and brass chandelier, a zebra print rug, and a bold photographic print.
A family living room area was transformed into a bold and bright gathering place. The red, white and blue color scheme tie the room together while a combination of playful patterns add an unexpected and modern touch to this eclectic living space.
The long, open floor plan space combines the living room, kitchen and dining room in one easy flow. A graphic-printed area rug defines the seating area, which pairs a neutral sofa with black-and-white-patterned armchairs and a sleek white coffee table.
A cozy orange sectional and ottoman elongate this eclectic living room. Below, a large multicolored area rug not only complements the sectional's orange fabric, but also helps to soften the white tile. Vintage artwork on the walls creates cohesion with other rooms throughout the house.