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Midday Muse: East Meets Modern

I prefer to mix and match elements in a room, instead of attempting an overarching theme. Yet for some reason, surprisingly, I am loving this Far East-style living room decorating idea from House to Home. At first glance, you might not notice the Eastern theme; it's very subtle and modern, and the blue palette is a bit nontraditional of the Far East. Look closer, and it's all there: the lacquered Chinese cabinet, the Chinoiserie patterned wallpaper, the Noguchi coffee table.Perhaps you're not loving this room, or simply don't gravitate toward Chinoiserie, but I think you can use it as a template that you can follow to design any interior. Choose a theme, and just a few subtle pieces that emulate the theme. Then, fill in the room with neutral colors, and natural accents (like the sisal rug here). Then, go against the grain of the theme in someway; instead of red for your Chinoiserie-themed room, go blue!

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