Get My Style at Home: Southern Eclectic

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Pillows: Furbish Studio, Maven | Chair: Kathy Kuo Home [c/o] | Coffee Table: Similar, Similar | Lip Print: The Aestate | Dresser: Similar | Record Player: Urban Outfitters | Ginger Jars: Furbish Studio | Lamps: Pottery Barn | Zebra Tray: Maven [Jonathan Adler] | Side Tables: Wayfair | Couch: Local Store, Similar | White Pillow: West Elm | Furry Stool: Similar | Tray: Similar | Candle: Nordstrom

Photography by Angie Garcia | If item source says similar, it is because that item is sold out/ no longer made.

 We do so many different things when we stress. Some of us grab chocolate. Some of us bite our nails. Some reach for a little glass of Pinot. Me? I decorate.

Creating a styled and clean environment is the most therapeutic thing for me. I get to use my creativity while being productive and it does wonder for those little “freak outs” we as girls can sometimes experience.

Because I love to add in new pieces and constantly rearrange existing items, I like to define my home style as Southern Eclectic. Blending strong southern touches with a unique and modern twist.

However, let me just be honest here. I don’t just walk in my home and give myself a pat on the back and say, “Hey girl, you have just outdone yourself in this 1100 sq. feet. Truly outstanding. Why aren’t you an interior designer?” 😉

Just like with any first home [or I’m sure home in general] I get nervous about little corners and wonder if certain spaces should be refocused on. One of those little insecurity areas was our accent chair in the living room. When we first moved we got an inexpensive chair white chair and that just gave me anxiety through the roof. Each time someone sat on it I was pulling out the OxiClean like I I was Billy Mays.

Then we got a blue chair, but it felt too modern for the space. It clashed with the Southern touches and while I loved it, Paul had his eyes set on something with a linen base. We saw a chair like this when we were in Scottsdale and he said, “I think these would look good in our living room.”

Well, when your easy-going husband who never requests anything says he has an opinion on home decor, you jump at the chance to incorporate it. My first thought was, “Beg your pardon, you have an opinion?! Is this real life?!” I got to partner with Kathy Kuo Home to share how you can get my Southern Eclectic Style and how to style this French Country Bastille Chair.

Here are my decorating guidelines to get that easy Southern Eclectic Look:

1.Pick Neutral Bases

You can easily swap accessories, but southern touches are timeless, so I like to keep my furniture neutral. Our couch is an oatmeal,gray shade and this linen chair falls in the same color scheme. Our rugs are neutral and our dining area has lots of glossy white lacquer. I love to do the same with bed linens by using a white duvet and just mixing in printed pillows. I don’t get too loud with paint choices, either.

2. Clump Similar Accessories

I have enough ginger jars, sunburst and coffee table books to decorate our neighborhood. I think that “sparingly” is not something that the term “eclectic” strives to be. With so many ranges of taste incorporated through accessories in our home, I like to group them together so it seems purposeful. This is why I have lots of ginger jars and sunburst on our built-in shelf. Instead of appearing cluttered [which I don’t care for!] I find it comes across as planned.

3. Layer Prints

From a striped dresser to a leopard rug I don’t worry about prints clashing. Because I keep neutral bases in our home those layers of prints add dimension to a room and keep it from seeming like a standard store set.

I also pulled some other pieces from Kathy Kuo Home so you can recreate this look in your own nest!


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  1. Melanie wrote:

    Awsome interior and decor :-*

    Melanie /

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  2. Ellen wrote:

    I love your decorating style! Thank you for these great tips, especially about layering patterns.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  3. Libby wrote:

    I love that you incorporated so much black and white into your home – it’s my favorite color combo! Love your style, Katey.

    Stylin’ Iowan Blog

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  4. Gorgeous! Every time I see yours I want to completely redo my built in bookshelves!

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  5. Ann-Louise wrote:

    Love your home style, it’s so lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  6. Madison Koehl wrote:

    Hi Katey! I would love to know where you got the cow picture that you’ve showed a few blog posts. Or something similar!

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  7. Love the term “southern eclectic”! That is a perfect way to describe your space. I’ve always liked mixing southern and modern pieces but never knew how to describe them. Love every part of your home decor!

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  8. I love the blue and white jars! They’re so beautiful!!! XO


    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  9. I’ve always loved that shelving cutout section you have! <3

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  10. Margo wrote:

    Hey Katey!

    Did you take the top cover off of your record player or did it come that way? If you did take it off, how did you do it? That’s the only kind of annoying thing about my Crosley record player…


    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  11. Kathryn wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE your interior design! I love the touch of unique pieces.

    xx Kathryn

    Published 09 Mar 16Reply
  12. Stephanie wrote:

    Great post! Thanks. Where are the pink matches from? Xx

    Published 10 Mar 16Reply
  13. So stinking cute! I love all of the little touches and pieces you add – they really make the whole room come together

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 10 Mar 16Reply
  14. Beautiful home!

    xo Amber Jefferies

    Published 10 Mar 16Reply
  15. Megan wrote:

    Love this post! You have done a fabulous job decorating your house! Please keep sharing! You give such great decorating ideas!

    Published 10 Mar 16Reply
  16. Barbara wrote:

    I love it!!! Thanks for sharing! Your bookcase looks amazing and I love the record player. Definitely looking to get one of my own 🙂

    Published 15 Mar 16Reply
  17. Rachel wrote:

    I think everything looks great but I definitely wouldn’t describe your style as Southern Eclectic. As an interior design major, I do pick up on your southern touches, however this, as well as the other rooms in your house, do not scream southern to me and I feel that labeling them as such takes away from your gift at designing spaces. I would say you have more of an eclectic glam style. Someone with a “southern” style would never have that much metallic or anything that looks so new or modern. Southern minded people stick to distressed and minimal touches, which, by your outlet of rearranging tables and such, does not seem like you. Still love your stuff, I was just thrown off by the label you gave yourself. Thanks for blogging and inspiring others! Love always

    Published 04 Apr 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Rachel!

      Thanks for your response! I’m not titling that as an interior designer, as I am not. Just a person who likes to decorate and being from the South, I personally feel like this is how my home feels in person!

      I’m actually working on removing the glam pieces, as I ditched the coffee table this weekend. Maybe that’s more of my “ideal” style! Thankfully that’s why it can always evolve and I can give myself an excuse to change some pieces! 🙂



      Published 04 Apr 16Reply
  18. Kelsey wrote:

    Hi! I absolutely love your style! Next month I’ll be moving in with my boyfriend and I’m trying to get some ideas on how I am going to decorate, so he won’t absolutely hate me haha! I am in love with that antler lamp, and I know he will love it being from the south! Would you mind letting me know where you bought it? I don’t think it’s linked in this post! thanks so much!

    xo Kelsey |

    Published 02 Oct 16Reply