Mel from Armoire, Pegs and Casserole

| August 21, 2013 | 11 Comments

Mel from Armoire, Pegs and Casserole

Mel Chesneau about me photo

Hi La Donna Moderna readers, I’m Mel from Armoire, Pegs and Casserole. I write a blog about home decoration and ideas to live with and it’s such a pleasure to be popping over to write about something close to my heart, making a warm cosy eclectic home with a bit of the unexpected.

I love and appreciate so many different styles of home décor, so it’s only natural that my home has ended up being rather eclectic so that I can draw from everything that I adore.  The definition of “eclectic” is; deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.  In my home, you’ll find just that; antique, vintage, mid century, contemporary and ethnic pieces all happily living together.  I’ve included some photos of my home for you to get an idea.

To me, a home is made over a long time and that when I enter someone’s home, I like to feel like I know them a little more, as it’s a reflection of their personality, travels and stories, what ever they may be. This may be someone’s passion for one particular style or a combination, there’s no right or wrong here. I’ve spent the past fifteen years building my interior collection and I truly feel like I’m surrounded by stories of my life, making me feel so comfortable and grounded when I’m at home.

So how do you pull an eclectic home together? I guess it’s by looking at what you have now. If you have a lot of modern furniture, you could look at ways to introduce a few vintage pieces like an old chair, an oil painting and perhaps using a vintage jar as a vase. You could then throw in a bit of ethnic in the form of a kilim rug, a carving from your travels, and perhaps a few quirky decorative pieces.

For me, it was the opposite. I have ended up with a lot of vintage and antique furniture that has been bought, restored and inherited over the years, so to balance this out, I needed to bring in “the contemporary”.  I’ve found the easiest and at times the most affordable way to do this has been with lamps, artwork and cushions.  The great thing about these smaller ticket items is that they can be changed and updated with the trends and seasons.  I’ve then thrown in some interesting and sometimes unexpected decorative pieces like an old French street sign, some quirky objects, an industrial lamp, a mid century chair, Moroccan tray table and mementos from travels.

What decorative style do you have? Are you eclectic? Perhaps a mid-century enthusiast, vintage lover or what about Boho? There are so many wonderful ways to decorate and no right or wrong, just as long as it makes you feel good living in it.

Thanks so much for having me here at the lovely La Donna Moderna!

Mel x


1. We had a lot of vintage furniture together in the eat-in kitchen area of our old home, so I compensated with a contemporary lamp, Bang & Olufsen sound system and modern paintings.


2. A red Philippe Starck “La Marie Chair” complements the vintage bistro table and rococo mirror.


3.  We toned down the modern kitchen in our Sydney home with some old cast iron jars for utensils and colourful vintage Indian spindles above the window


4. Mixing a mid-century chair with contemporary Aboriginal art.


5.  A mid-century eyeball lamp sits on a vintage file drawer.


6. We played with ethnic and modern on our antique secretary desk.


7.  Some quirky decorative displays bought from Flotsam & Jetsam.


8.  Cushions have been a great way to update and introduce modern style to a room.

You can follow Mel on her Blog, Facebook, TwitterPinterest and Instagram pages.

Mel Chesneau is an Australian Francophile who lives in New Zealand. Born and raised in Sydney, she travelled around Europe for three years and fell in love with her French husband. They are now expats in Auckland and she spends her time doing what she loves; raising their three children and blogging about home decoration and ideas to live with.

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  1. Bex says:

    Absolutely love how you have pulled it all together and it works … very clever lady!

  2. Gudy Herder says:

    Mel has such a personal style! She has a great sense of mixing different periods and make her home look like a real home (where real people live).

  3. You have a great style Mel and some beautiful pieces in your home.

    Thank you for the interview.

  4. Joy says:

    Lovely article Mel, really like your style (and your blog of course!), I like also what you say about a home is made over a long time and there’s no right or wrong when it comes to personal style. In love with all the artwork you’ve collected, beautiful pieces and they add depth and character to an already stylish home. Look forward to seeing more! x

  5. mel says:

    Thank you so much Bex, Gudy and Tina! You all put a smile on my face to start the weekend. I hope that you all enjoy yours. xx Mel

  6. Michelle says:

    Lovely post Mel. The vintage bistro table with a art, books and fresh flowers is so divine x

  7. mel says:

    Thank you Joy and Michelle!

  8. Wow it’s so beautiful! You’re such a creative woman Mel and with great taste. Your home really looks so well-balanced, great to see a true and unique style!

  9. anastasia says:

    Your home is lovely Mel, Great decor style!
    some good pieces there as well as a lovely mix of decorative touches! it has a really nice feel – a great family home!

  10. Charlie says:

    Hi Mel,
    I live love love the style- where oh where did you get the black silhouette figure on the red/orange background!
    Thanks x

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