Living the Dream – Decaso Bucket List Challenge

A few weeks ago, Caitlyn Dorris, Community Manager of Chairish, kindly extended me an invitation to participate in a bucket list challenge marking the launch of Decaso, the Chairish baby sister site.

Decaso is a high-end market place for some of the world’s most respected antique dealers and it completely lives up to that description. It is a treasure trove of antique and modern furniture pieces, artwork and vintage textiles, botanicals and decorative objects – so make sure to bookmark it for future client projects!


I happily accepted Caitlyn’s invite as it meant virtually shopping with a limitless budget in mind. When does that ever happen? Real life projects, no matter how large or small ALWAYS, ALWAYS involve a budget so this was a great distraction for someone who lives and breaths design. Mind you, it will be hard to get reacquainted with the real world but boy, was it fun!

The ”game” was to peruse Decaso’s website and imagine a dream space designed around their products. I used as inspiration a fictional exotic traveler client, an adventurer and collector whose homes tastefully display one of a kind finds form around the world. Obviously I got lost in the fantasy and had way too much fun fashioning my mood board! I hope you’ll love it as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Also, this is one of the most masculine spaces I have ever designed and it felt really good to try something different. I guess it’s true what they say…fun starts at the end of your comfort zone!

decaso board big

See something you like? Click on the items bellow to check it out!

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The starting point of my design was the color palette of tan, camel and suede, with grounding accents of black. I just think it is so sophisticated and timeless, much like Decaso’s dreamy products. Next, I created interest by opting for a mix of finishes and textures – silver and gilt play nicely; so do earthy rattan and wool, matte ceramic base table lamps, lacquered wood and linen. I also made sure to create plenty of contrast. For that, I juxtaposed the shiny with the matte, the light with the dark, and the polished with the natural. The tension between these pieces is what makes the room work for me (and my fictional client  🙂 ).

Once I decided upon the mood, I went on to select the main piece of furniture for the room. I am totally smitten with this  solid oak bed. It has such great lines and a clean, modern look that works well with both modern and traditional details.

decaso bed

I fell in love with this pair of mid-century modern ceramic table lamps. They are perfect atop a pair of chinoiserie nightstands.

decaso lamps


The milky white matte glaze creates contrast with the rest of the elements chosen for the space.

decaso nightstands

Every room needs a balance between the masculine and the feminine and I just love, love, love this acanthus leaves mirror! It’s mid-century French and adds that feminine touch to the room. The Yin to the Yang that brings a nice variety to the rest of the finishes.

decaso mirror

Aside from being downright gorgeous, the reason I chose this exotic wool blanket from Eastern Turkey is its versatility.

decaso blanket

You can use it as a blanket, wall covering or as a low traffic area rug. I would even drape it over the headboard when the mood strikes. It has a soft neutral color scheme and relatively simple patterns that make it highly functional.

What do you guys think? How would YOU decorate with a limitless budget? Let me know and make sure you to check out Decaso‘s website!

Have a beautiful holiday weekend!



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  1. Alina
    April 14, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Vreau și eu acel telescop antic ☺

    • Eva Contreras
      April 14, 2017 / 7:16 am

      E frumos, nu-i asa? Cadoul perfect pentru tine 🙂

  2. Bill
    April 20, 2017 / 8:26 am

    This is wonderful! I consider myself an “exotic traveler” and I can totally picture my bedroom as the one you propose. It is a relaxing choice of colors and contrast, and I particularly love items 3 (the mirror) and 4 (the telescope). Awesome job Eva!

    • Eva Contreras
      April 20, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Thank you, Bill! How wonderful that this room is so ”you”! You’re too kind but if that’s the case, have your people call my people 🙂

  3. Leila
    April 20, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Can I have the golden mirror… please???! 🙂 The place is fav and it gave me a couple of solid ideas for a housewarming gift that I’m planning to buy for a party next month. Way to go Cafe Design!

    • Eva Contreras
      April 20, 2017 / 8:51 am

      Thank you so much, Leila! I fell in love with that mirror too! For more details on it, you can follow the corresponding link under the mood board! Let me know if you get it, I’ll be very jealous but happy for you! xo, Eva