Once upon a time when I heard the name ‘Eames’ I thought of mid-century modern designers with a clean, borderline stark or sterile aesthetic. I knew they were a married couple who were based in California and designers of, among other things, some of those classic mid-century chairs that are loved by all and knocked-off all over the place. But the first time I saw pictures of the interior of their Pacific Palisades home, I just about fell off of my chair–their home was furthest thing from stark or sterile, they lived in a jungalow!
Brimming with philodendrons, patterned rugs, objects, books, artifacts and patternful textiles, it seems Charles and Ray Eames were maximalists too, with a thing for layering on the color, pattern and plants, just like me. Go here to see pics….So much jungaliciousness, right?!? So I guess I was just so shocked to discover that two of the parents of modern design were so boho!! It’s kinda surprising, right??
So here are some ideas of how to incorporate the Eames jungalow vibe into your pad. You can find all of these items (and more) among my favorites over at Chairish. What do think? Are you digging the vibe?
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The Eames Case Study House has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, and is still maintained by the Eames Foundation. It is also the home of the Eames Office. You can even visit the house if you’re in the L.A. area (something I’ve been meaning to do for ages). (Reservations are required.) The images I linked to above are mainly outtakes that Leslie Williamson posted on her blog from her book, Handcrafted Modern but there are a TON of other amazing images of this house (and other incredible homes in both her books Handcrafted Modern and Modern Originals–so full of inspiration.