Are You Missing the Mi’X’?

Eddie Ross for Ballard Designs

My husband, as an Algebra teacher, is always teaching his students to “solve for X.”

It takes work, and you HAVE to think.

There are rules to finding it, but within those rules there are different approaches to that problem.

The X is unknown. The X can change. But, the “X” is what make things great. 

Eddie Ross at Ballard

Summer 2016 Ballard Designs featured designer, Eddie Ross

“There isn’t a school that will teach you how to create a rich, layered mix at home with castoffs you find…There are no classes you can take on what to look for at a thrift shop to add Park Avenue flair to your parties.”- Eddie Ross

-from HOSTandSERVE's Instagram

-from HOSTandSERVE’s Instagram

A few Sundays ago Eddie Ross, East Coast Editor of Better Homes and Garden and master of the Modern Mix, gave a class and demonstration at Jacksonville’s Ballard Designs. It was inspiring, and I walked away knowing more than I did walking in.

“Don’t over-do it on the cut-glass when setting your table. Otherwise, all of a sudden you’re in the Bloomingdale’s Wedding Registry [section].”

“Use your extra dining room chairs in other places in your home.”

[After a dinner party] “Quickly wet the linen napkin(s), ball it up, put it in a little bag, and pop it in the freezer. It will be easier to clean later.”

“I love entertaining casually, but I don’t throw a casual party.”

Your rooms, tables, and parties need that X.

It is your personal style that is miXed in— making the space yours and not just a picture from a magazine.

I love the mix of Chippendale style chairs with the citrus trees and gold and glass coffee table. -from Ballard Designs

I love the mix of Chippendale style chairs with the citrus trees and gold and glass coffee table. The olive frame matting brings a modern touch to traditional nature prints. -from Ballard Designs

It’s your grandma’s crystal on your table with your store-bought dinnerware.
It’s a gilded mirror from Swip-Swap hanging above your grandfather’s honor Flag.
It’s a chic gold bamboo chandelier hanging above a white desk from Ikea.

Eddie Ross is right. There isn’t a school that can teach you exactly how to master the mix.

It’s hard, and you have to think and study and look.

You have to solve for X. It’s unknown at times, and it can change as your tastes evolve

… but the X is what makes it GREAT.

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For more tips from Eddie Ross, visit Ballard Design’s HOW TO DECORATE resource site.  And if you ever want company on your next treasure hunt, call me! 😉

-from Southern Living Eddie Ross mixes in flea market finds to create a beautifully layered room.

-from Southern Living
Eddie Ross mixes in flea market finds to create a beautifully layered room.

 

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