“If I had to name one word that’s been overused in the design world… it would have to be eclectic. It’s too permissive and encourages people to randomply place objects and furniture that don’t go together next to each other. When I hear people say „Oh, I just love the way you mixed everything up“, it is like fingernails on the blackboard for me. If that’s the case, why don’t we just go home and put all of our furniture and objects in a Cuisinart, give it a good chopand whirl, and call it good design?
It’s not about the mix, it’s about the match. You want to pair objects and furniture that have relationships to each other. It’s the curving line next to the straight line that makes us appreciate both. It’s the midcentury lacquer chair next to the 18th century Spanish chest that together create a dialogue that activates and informs you about both pieces. There is a great energy when you put a carved antique chest of drawers in a modern streamlined house: all of a sudden, the chest pops, and both it and the house look better. Now we’re talking. Now we’re doing something that translates into personality. And, in the end, that’s what we’re really trying to do when we’re decorating – find ourselves and express who we are.”
Jeffrey Bilhuber, “Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics“