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When it comes to furnishings, forget uniformity unless you’re outfitting a military base. Blending styles is all the rage as homeowners repurpose or refurbish existing pieces and mix them with new, quality items, says Kristi Blok of Kiki Interiors. Reasons for the stylish mash-up? They include blended families or people coupling up later in life than they once did, with each party bringing its prized possessions to the union.
As well, we’re exposed to a broader range of decorating styles than ever thanks to the Internet, television and magazines.
“There’s also a bit of an economic side to this,” adds Blok. “Instead of $20,000 for a dining room set, people are spending it on kitchen counters or bathrooms.” So there’s only so much left for that dining or living room.