About the Author
Carol Meredith writes about interior design and architecture for magazines, newspapers, and professional design firms. During her fifteen years in the field, she has served as managing editor for "Texas Homes magazine" and home and garden editor for "New England Living". Her articles have also appeared in "Design Times", "Boston" magazine, and the "Boston Globe". She is the author of the recent book, "Eclectic Style in Interior Design". Ms. Meredith lives in New Hampshire with her husband, David Reynolds, and stepdaughters Anne and Aleisha
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Preface: Looking at the rooms featured in "Eclectic Style", I am fascinated by the stories they tell. When design elements have been culled over the years from various styles and sources, an interior environment reads like the autobiography of the person who lives there. Every collected object, every angle, every corner is another page of the narrative. In your own home, an eclectic approach to design offers the same potential for revealing who you are. Where did you come from? What are the roots from which your life emerged? A colorful stack of patchwork quilts speaks eloquently of a great aunt who staunchly made the most of a little. An elegant Federal-era sofa and photographs of solemn forebears - men in stovepipe hats and women clad in lace and frills - remind another person of family roots in urban high society. In my own living room, my grandfather's handmade wooden toolbox, now polished and in a place of honor, calls to mind his humble, patient ways. Passed through generations, heirlooms such as these carry the spirit of those who have touched them along the way and help to tell the story of one's origins.