// Images: Megan Weaver

 

Working with a varied palette and mixing design styles can be a real challenge. It’s the exact opposite of ‘playing it safe’, but it’s also the fun and adventurous path of trial and error, buying stuff and then bringing them back to the store while hiding your familiar face with a hat and sunglasses. But at the end of the day, it’s the only way to achive a room that is like no other, and that’s why the eclectic style is so appealing to most people.

We all want to live in special interiors that align and reflect on our own uniqueness.

That’s why when I first encountered with Albertina Cisneros’s (AKA Mimosa Lane) girls’ room, it felt like I’ve known her for years. Which is probably why I was comfortable emailing her and ask her to write about her design process which she immediately replied with a big yes.

So before we’ll jump into the room analysis, please meet Albertina:

“I  live with my husband and daughter in Dallas, Texas.  Coming from New York City I would have never guessed life would bring us to Texas, but alas, here we are. 

It is actually an easy and wonderful city to live in and has the warmest and loveliest people. I have a business background and run a small foundation that raises money for brain research but am an artist at heart and love interior design, photography, cooking, traveling, and art.” 

I’m a big believer in being practical and adapting to whatever life throws at you, but always surrounding yourself with beauty. Beauty in its many forms has the power to elevate the soul.”

This room was designed by Albertina as part of the One Room Challenge of 2016, which means she had 6 weeks to re-do the entire room (sounds like an impossible mission to me, as the last room I decorated took me 6 solid months).

There are two main objectives in this story. The first and the obvious one is to show you the awesome pics from the project and tell you mor about Albertina.

The second, is to analyze it in a way that will help you apply Albertina’s winning technique in your future decorating project.

The Jardena Lantern is from Coleen & Company, the artwork is of the artist Carol Summers, the rug is from Stark.

 

The color palette

Let’s talk about the color palette. At first glance, one might think that this room contains a lot of colors, but in a closer look I quickly realised that is not the case.

This room has a very settled palette of greens and blues that comes in all styles, shapes, and forms. So remember this- when going eclectic, you can choose many colors and patterns and styles and make it work (kudos!), but it will probably be really really hard.

The moderate approach would be to create a narrow palette and then allow yourself to go crazy on other things, which is the styles, patterns and the accent colors (such as the saturated green of the Jardena Lantern lampashade).

Here’s the room’s palette:

And here’s the accent color palette:

*There’s also a maroon hue of a vintage secretary desk which is displayed below.

As you can see, it’s all very planned and “tight”. The basic palette and the accent colors correspond perfectly with each other.

If there’s one thing you need to remember from this article is this point exactly:

This coherent color scheme strategy is the fundamental element for future deviation from conservative design concepts.

 

The Details

Eclectic doesn’t necessarily mean maximalist and crowded. The room feels very easy-breezy but at the same time, it contains special and decorative elements.

The secret is to create a balance between those empty section and the ones that are all about the details.

However, when you start working on those detailed areas, you shouldn’t compromise on anything otherwise you will suffer from mediocrity.

Picked carefully and successfully.

Albertina said that her mom suggested placing floor lamps on the side of each bed instead of table lamps. This is such a great tip!

Firstly, it means that there’s more room on the joint bed-side-table, but it also isolates the light from the other person in the room that is not into reading a book right now.

The floor lamp is from One Kings Lane, the blankets and the foot of the bed are from Alegria Home, the fabric of the bedskirt is from Brunscwig & Fils

 

Make it Your Own

As with vintage pieces, it’s preferable that the items will tell a story or have a sentimental value.

This print by Carol Summers was originally in Albertina’s parents home, and which they bought together as newlyweds.

One of my favorite parts in this room is this Hayley Mitchell painting and this amazing dresser that are just too good together! I absolutely love them and Albertina’s mix&match choices.

The painting is by Hayley Mitchell and the dresser is from (believe it or not) HomeGoods .
Hurray! small details.

I really wanted to know more about Albertina’s design inspiration so I asked her the following questions:

 

Who’s your favorite designer?

“I’m inspired by so many people every day…..but I would say my current favorite designers are Miles Redd, Patrick Mele and Lorenzo Castillo.  The classic designers I admire deeply are Albert Hadley and David Hicks.  But really there are so many designers whose point of view I love and am inspired by.”

 

Favorite home decor stores?

“I die every time I enter the 1st Dibs website.  I want everything.  Also, One King’s Lane and Chairish are so fun.”

 

Any recommended design books?

“My latest interior design book obsession is Inspired Design.”

And here’s some more pics from the space:

A vintage secretary desk that adds a pop of unexpected color. Ghost Chair by modway
Lips by Angela Blehm.

Thank you Albertina for sharing your space with Design Truffle’s community!

If you also would like to share your designed space feel free to contact us!

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