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The Inside Source: High vs. Low

by habituallychic

01 . 30 . 10

I was honored to once again be asked by The Inside Source to give my advice on where to splurge and where to save when decorating. This topic was right up my alley since I often mix expensive pieces with eBay and flea market finds in my work. My choices also illustrate my other love of juxtaposing modern pieces like the 1970’s abstract painting, which reminded me of a Rothko, with an antique French chest of drawers. I would definitely hang the painting above, add a lamp and turn the piece into a bar!

Make sure you check out the entire article online for more High vs. Low suggestions from Erin of Elements of Style, Kim of Desire to Inspire, Alissa of The GOODS Design, and the ladies of Remodelista. And a big thank you goes out to Marni Elyse Katz for writing the great article and including us all!

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  1. the NEO-traditionalist January 30, 2010 | 5:13 pm

    Can’t wait to go take a look. That painting is magnifique! Love the colors… I’s Rothko gone girly! XOXO

  2. La Maison Fou January 30, 2010 | 5:36 pm

    Thanks, I will have to go check this out!


  3. Chic Coles (Cole Design) January 30, 2010 | 6:29 pm

    Congratulations! It was great reading your advice. Love that artwork!

  4. Modern Traditionalist January 30, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    I love the pairing of contemporary pieces with antiques!

  5. brian paquette interiors January 30, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    i always love these articles. It gives my clients such a better idea of what I mean when I say high v. low…thanks!

  6. Typhanie January 30, 2010 | 9:29 pm

    Hi Heather,

    I passed The Sunshine Award on to you…Happy Blogging!


  7. Kelly Green January 30, 2010 | 11:17 pm

    will def. check this out! thanks!KG

  8. Karena January 31, 2010 | 2:43 am

    Rothko is one of my mentors, as id Josef Albers! Great colorists. I love to mix it up like this!

  9. jones January 31, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    I completely agree with the choice of quality new or antique case pieces–they increase or maintain their value, add a wow factor, and can be multi-purpose. As for art–you have to love what you put on your walls whether it is a signed and listed artist or not, the work has to add something positive to the room. High and low creates such positive movement that it is the only way to go. This was a super article.

  10. Jaime January 31, 2010 | 4:10 pm

    I love that Rothko-like painting… great bar you created!

  11. Ruthie's Renewed Treasures January 31, 2010 | 9:00 pm

    A great design is usually one that has “old things” mixed with new! Loved the article.


  12. honey living February 1, 2010 | 3:30 pm

    love your choices here.