Eclectic Interiors That Inspire: John Robshaw

I’m always fascinated by perfectly-curated interiors that show off interesting collectibles in pristine display cabinets surrounded by coordinated color palettes and contemporary crispness.   Unfortunately, my own design aesthetic never turns out to be quite so perfect.    With my flair for interesting and uncommon collectibles, I find myself surrounded by a beautiful chaos of colors, patterns, and even design styles.  So when I come across eclectic interiors that look like they were designed with a purpose, I get all the feels.

For example, in this month’s issue of Elle Decor, they show off the 19th century cottage owned by textile designer John Robshaw – and I fell in love!

Photo by Elle Decor

Just LOOK at this wonderland of color and texture!  There is so much to look at, and yet there’s such a warmth and homeyness to this that I can’t help but imagine myself curled up in one of those amazing Indian cane chairs reading a book. (Yeah right, like I’ll ever find time to read a book!)

“I enjoy that kind of collage in which things don’t quite make sense,” he says.

His dining room furniture includes a contemporary bespoke Richard Wrightman table in addition to the Indian cane chairs, mix-and-not-so-matched patterned armchairs and footstool, a giant pouf that I want to leap headfirst into, and a bone-inlay side table. There’s not a single coordinated textile in the room, and it somehow doesn’t matter!

Photo by Elle Decor

In the living room,  we can start to see some trends forming: more cane furniture, a few matched textiles between the armchair and a couch cushion, another bone inlay piece, and some fabulous global treasures.    Those matching Christopher Spitzmiller   table lamps are just crazy fun!  The artwork over the mantel is by artist Elliott Puckette and adds more color to an already exploding-with-color space.

In order to understand his aesthetic, you need to know more about Robshaw.  His career started out in painting as an assistant to mixed media artist Julian Schnabel. In the 1990s, he traveled to India to create indigo-washed textiles and block prints that he used as canvases. This experience is what inspired his future career as a textile designer, creating collections for retailers such as Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. His unique combination of contemporary style with global elements, bright hues, and tribal geometric patterns is said to be the main inspiration for today’s trend in eclectic geometric and global elements in interior design.

And speaking of tribal and geometric pattern combinations….check out this bathroom:

Photo by Elle Decor

Another bone-inlay piece, this time a Syrian cabinet-turned-sink.   The shower curtain and rug are Robshaw’s own designs and mimic each other in color but contrast with the sink pattern, yet blending somehow into a uniform look.  And I love that vintage-looking mirror and art collage – a perfect touch that makes me want to linger just to look around at all the details!

So maybe all is not lost for me, while I stand looking around at my cluttered studio space overwhelmed at how to unify all my eclectic pieces….

Thanks John Robshaw – you’ve inspired me yet again to take a step back and get a bigger picture for my home decor style.  The moral of the story seems to be not to worry so much about each room being perfectly tied together by a theme or scheme and instead create trends that flow from room to room with similar textiles, furniture styles, or a few recurring colors.


Have more inspiration for eclectic interiors to share with me?  I could use all the help I can get! Post them here or over at Facebook and Instagram!   Follow @Heathertique!


And of course, here are a few of our own vintage, funky, mix-and-match-worthy items in the Heathertique shop right now!



A lamp for every table


Textiles to love

Published by Heather Sink | Founder of Heathertique

I’m Heather – woman, mom, entrepreneur, creative spirit, and salvaged goods afficionado. I started out in the fashion industry as a stylist and buyer and found myself knee-deep in the world of interior design after purchasing my first home. Armed with resourcefulness, a passion for home decor treasures, and a very tight budget, I set out on an adventure dicovering relics and re-homing them through an Etsy store, which has now grown into a multi-platform business called Heathertique. I call myself a home decor archaeologist: my team curates collections for home decor, vintage furniture and gifts. This blog will be a place for me to share some of the stories I uncover along the way, as well as design ideas for your home, inspiration from other designers, and whatever other fun stuff we want to talk about in between! Join us, and let us help define your atmosphere with character!

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