I am a big fan of a little tension in décor; I think the best rooms have a bit of the unexpected in them.
I also think it is this element of surprise that keeps a room from looking dated.
I like the idea of suspending a pretty-yet-industrial pendant over a feminine, traditional chaise in a floral print to create a spot for putting your feet up and enjoying a good book. Play with scale– the large pendant will keep things from getting overly cutesy– as well with a mix of styles. Layer a bright, modern flat-weave rug under the chaise and add a chunky brass table (for your cup of tea or glass of wine!) and you have a perfect, girly nook that looks crisp and contemporary, rather than frilly .
(Rug, cube & chaise from here.)
Tip: this look works because the woven metal of the pendant shade echoes the shape of the trellis print in the dhurrie rug and the lime of the rug ties in with the same colour in the floral. Easy, right?