Mix it up: Wood furniture in contrasting styles is in

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Let’s talk about a home staple: wood furniture. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of wood furniture? Don’t worry, there is no wrong answer.

Throughout my design journey, I have had mixed feelings about wood pieces — they are essential, but I used to find them intimidating. I find myself falling in love with them a lot more quickly these days and more fully appreciating their longevity and versatility.

I’ve had everything from the college budget-friendly pieces to family heirloom pieces and I still firmly believe there is a time and place for all of the above.

My most recent (and beloved) wood acquisitions are cherrywood pieces that have been handed down through my mom’s side of the family. They are beautiful in their simplicity, and they come with all the charm of well-loved wood furniture. My only challenge: finding the perfect spot for all the pieces in the set, which includes dining room furniture and bedroom furniture, without creating any matchy-matchy areas.

A rule follower though I may be, when it comes to design, old rules are made to be broken. I can’t stand hearing “you aren’t supposed to mix styles” and ” you can’t have different finishes, they don’t work well together” and “Katie, you can’t fit another piece of furniture in this room — are you crazy?”

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