The History of Eclectic Design

Our well-loved lifestyle, Urbanology, is widely described as “eclectic”, meaning that the design is derived from many styles and tastes – A look that doesn’t fit into any traditional molds. Where does this style come from?

The first use of the word “eclectic” can be traced back to the 18th century when German art historian and archaeologist Johan Joachim Winckelmann used it to describe the work of Annibale Carracci. The 17th century artist borrowed diverse styles, ideas and theories relevant throughout different periods of history and combined them within a single work of art to create his own unique style. Eclecticism is found in many artforms; from paintings, to architecture, to interior designs. All of these follow the same general idea: Connecting different styles throughout history into one cohesive look.

How does this transfer to interior design? Eclectic design surfaced in the 20th century and is a rejection of rules and canon within the design sphere. This style is set in the direction of freedom of expression by combining what is most beautiful, comfortable, and interesting through existing styles. By utilizing a neutral color palette, multiple different styles can fit perfectly and harmoniously in a space. Designers looking to create an “eclectic” look will focus on layering textures, time periods, and trends, making sure that all elements come together to create a unified look and feel.

Because the eclectic style doesn’t really fit into any traditional design molds, this also means that it can be interpreted in many ways, and can evoke different emotions, and feelings within a space. This makes the eclectic look great or a variety of tastes and locations. From a rural farmhouse to a mod downtown loft. An eclectic room can be feminine or masculine, rustic or polished, monochromatic or colorful. The possibilities are endless!

How can I replicate this style at home? Start with a neutral palette, which will act as a blank canvas to introduce your various styles into. While compiling pieces to add to the room, look for pieces that complement each other either in size, shape, pattern, or color. If you do have a certain piece that stands out, let it! Use it as a focal point of the room, don’t attempt to blend it in. Another awesome way to achieve the eclectic look is through the layering of textures. Take a big chunky throw and pair it with some suede textured pillows. Add highly textured picture frames to your walls, and throw in a very smooth, mid-century coffee table.

Do whatever suits your personal taste, and don’t be afraid to experiment with placement and styles. The biggest takeaway from this style: Have Fun!

DIY Dining: Furnishing Farmhouse Chic

farmhouse2There’s something undeniably charming about the rustic dining spaces that come standard in old farmhouses. There’s no doubt that an older home has built-in character that creates an authentically comfortable backdrop for living and entertaining, right from the start.

Focusing on rustic, farm-inspired interior design choices can emulate that feeling anywhere.

Although living in an urban or suburban setting may not be exactly farmhouse-friendly when it comes to real estate, creating that same charming, comfortable environment is possible—no matter where you live—if you just find the right furniture and accessories. Not to mention, it’s much easier (and certainly more affordable) than buying an old country home.

Taking shabby chic interior inspiration from old homes and mixing it with contemporary colors and accessories brings a unique, modern appeal to classic style. From mixed natural woods to textured, layered spaces and rustic accessories, creating the look and feel of an older home is possible to pull off in any style home—and you can do it yourself.

Here are our 7 Ashley picks, with some simple DIY design tips, that can make it fun and easy to furnish farmhouse chic dining spaces in your home:

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Mix up wood and metal textures throughout the room and pair them with eclectic acoutrements, like old windows and mirrors layered in pairs. Balance the look by placing accents, like tall candlesticks, on top of storage pieces and fill them with light-toned dish ware that stays on display.

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Distressed wood brings shabby chic to life in any dining space. Blend different wood tones and offset them with light upholstery to create sophisticated contrast. A unique light fixture can serve as the focal point that brings it all together.

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Mixing and matching chairs with different colors, fabrics, and wood is a great way to add some style to traditional dining pieces for an irresistible rustic-chic vibe.

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A variety of textures in a room creates a naturally relaxing atmosphere. Leather, metal accents, woven accessories, and soft patterned area rugs are great options, but don’t stop there! Let your imagination run wild and use nature to inspire accessorizing. Colorful fruit or fresh-picked flowers can bring an unexpected spark of style to your dining table or storage pieces.

Country classics with subtle modern twists can really make a bold statement in your dining room. Off white trim with dark wood is a great way to create elegance without being over the top. Basic glassware and streamlined, clear lighting options add delicacy, while staggered statement pieces on the wall make the space exciting and inviting.

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Simplicity can rule when it comes to modern-meets-farmhouse style. Substantial pieces, like large family-style tables and a wall-sized storage pieces, work wonderfully with a basic beiges and soft white tones as the backdrop. Elegantly simple accessories, like matted picture frames and rustic pottery, bring simple sophistication to turn basic into bold!

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A classic pub table and industrial-chic stools are a match made in modern farmhouse heaven. A minimalist-inspired table is beautifully anchored by the boldness of tall bar stools in a contrasting material and color that will make anyone want to have a seat and stay awhile.

Get the look for a great price!

 1. Ranimar 5-piece dining set | $1699
2. Strumfeld 5-piece dining set | $1199.95
3. Mestler 5-piece dining set | $997.99
4. Zenfiled 5-piece dining set | $979.95
5. Marsilona 5-piece dining set | $1099.95
6. Tanshire 6-piece dining | $1599.65
7. Pinnadel 5-piece dining set | $899.52

All prices are subject to change. 5-piece dining sets include table + 4 side chairs. Tanshire 6-piece dining set includes pedistal base and table top + 4 side chairs.

FIND A HOMESTORE!

The Final Four of Fashion Dining

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


March Madness is here and we’re getting in on the excitement. Though you may spend hours agonizing over your bracket, there are always upsets, heartbreaks and last-second buzzer beaters that goof everything up. Expecting only the unpredictable, how do you decide who will make it to the end—and who will win?

A couple of weeks ago, we unpacked the brand new Urbanology dining collections for display in our showrooms and unraveled a March Madness of our own. These incredible collections left us speechless, and have been the topic of spirited debate among our employees and customers since they hit the floor.

So which is our favorite? The jury’s still out. Here is our ‘Final Four’:

Rustic & Plush Semi-Finalists

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Fanzere

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Trendy Loft Semi-Finalists

 

Wesling

Wesling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranimar

Ranimar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the next two weeks, we will reveal the Urbanology Dining Champion! Stay tuned 🙂


From its beginnings in 1967 operating a single home furnishings store, Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. (WCT) has grown to become one of the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers in the U.S., according to the trade magazine, Furniture Today. WCT operates 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio—throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Olean and Horseheads, New York; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. It also operates an Ashley Furniture Outlet, and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. 

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned and operated by a network of individual retailers, each licensed to operate in key market areas. WCT opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.

Urbanology is Here!

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” – Oscar de la Renta


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Like never before, style is arguably edgy.

Consumers spend millions each year on brand new blue jeans that look as if they’d been dragged behind a train for ten miles. The look of distressed, weathered textures is a hot trend that won’t go away—and we love it.

When we found out that Ashley Furniture was manufacturing a brand new line of home furnishings and accessories aligned with the restore/repurpose/rustic trend, we became obsessed overnight. A first glance at the product catalog had our merchandise and design teams itching to place product in the showrooms, and the very idea of announcing this collection to our consumers was burning a hole in the marketing team’s pocket.

The time has come. Urbanology is here.

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Urbanology 101: The Ranimar dining room collection

Defined as ‘the art of eclectic style’, urbanology is like nothing we’ve ever done before. Raw, rough and industrial textures. Bold, rich and elaborate upholstery. Chairs that intentionally don’t match sofas. Overstated light fixtures and thought-provoking accessories. It’s the urban loft liver’s dream catalog. Just about everything in this collection looks flawless against a brick wall, on a concrete floor or under exposed duct work—or all of the above.

For the big city socialite in all of us, urbanology is all about expressing your own style. It’s the mix and match, pick and mix flexibility that you’d only find at a flea market or after hours of gathering pieces from a dozen different retailers. Whether you’re in a rural ranch, a suburban split-level or a midtown mansion, urbanology has something for you that will make you fall in love with your home all over again.


From its beginnings in 1967 operating a single home furnishings store, Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. (WCT) has grown to become one of the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers in the U.S., according to the trade magazine, Furniture Today. WCT operates 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio—throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Olean and Horseheads, New York; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. It also operates an Ashley Furniture Outlet, and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. 

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned and operated by a network of individual retailers, each licensed to operate in key market areas. WCT opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.

 

It’s all about “U!”

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Make home uniquely yours!
The all-new Urbanology collection is here, and all about YOU. Eclectic, unexpected pieces make it easy to express your style. From the table where meals are served, to the living room where memories are made, mixing and matching industrial-inspired designs makes your home a canvas for creativity.