If I had to classify my taste these days, I'd probably put myself in the "eclectic" column. More and more, I appreciate reconditioned or repurposed, quality over quantity, collected, with a touch of the unexpected. Easier said than done, for sure.
I tried to pull together a few images of rooms shunning the "matchy-matchy" look to see what Ben had to offer...
Me: First room. What d'ya think?
Me: Yeah, this is probably a Craftsman.
Ben: Is that a dog bowl?
Me: No. It's a Chinese Garden Stool.
Me: Maybe, but the tall, mullioned ones make me tingle.
Ben: I thought this was a G-rated post?
Me: OK, wrap up the first room. Like it?
Ben: Yes, but I think a lot of people will hit their shins on that low bench thing, probably spill their red wine on that white rug.
Me: I like the room, but I don't like the art arrangement - reads too "crafty" to me.
Me: This is more of a "real" home - it's not one that's been professionally styled for a magazine, so I like the attainability.
Ben: It's cozy. I could make it work.
Ben: Probably because it has another animal with white fur in it. We don't have any white fur in our house. We're such losers.
Me: OK, so forget the "eclectic" theme - what about this space - Yea or Nay?
Ben: Naaaay....just like the horse. Gray chair is hideous. Black chair looks like it puts you in a "seeing the dentist" position. And what is it with dead animal stuff these days? Horn leg and ram horn tables. Too many hard edges.
Me: These people do not have kids. Most likely, they are Todd and Margot (I don't knoooow, Margot!)
Ben: This just doesn't look like much to me.
Me: Chandy is pretty amazing.
Ben: Too much brown, with too much black. And what's up with the chaise lounge in the mix? Everyone's sitting around talking, and lounger person says, "Hey, I'm just gonna take a little snooze." Why would you need two lamps that close together, too?
Me: I think they were trying not to overdo it with furniture, because the space itself is so badass.
Ben: No dead animals. I'm not inspired.
...and after that, the wine won out.