Almost every magazine or website you look at has some kind of quiz to help you find your “style.” Here’s the thing – I don’t really think I can define my personal style. I just do what I love and hope it works. If it doesn’t, I try again. But, after redoing nearly every space in my house at least twice, I can tell you that I have a basic formula that I use over and over again and it always gives me a space I love.
No matter what room I’m starting with, I know two things for sure: white walls and dark floors. Because the last piece of my living room puzzle isn’t complete, I’m still waiting on warm weather to show up so I can get the floors put down in here, but every other space we’ve done features the same white wall/dark floor treatment. I love this combo – it’s clean and sleek, yet warm and family friendly. I do love a great patterned rug on top of whatever the floor choice is, though. I’ve tried a couple of options in this space, but I’m currently crushing on this geometric one from HomeGoods.
I stick to mostly neutral furniture, in different colors, so it looks cohesive, but not too matchy. I like diversity, I think it brings interest into a space – not only in colors but also in styles. Notice the traditional wing back chairs and sofa, yet the industrial style coffee table, plus the modern metal side tables? No style is safe from my grasp if I love it enough.
My biggest trick is pillows and curtains. I want AMAZING patterns on those. You can bring a white room to life in a snap with a great pair of curtains. Think of it as the little black dress with great accessories. You can change up the whole feel of the space with a new pair of drapes.
Keeping my walls and floors neutral opens up easier changes like painting furniture or sewing a new slip cover. In a few hours with some fabric or paint, I can change the feel of my space without breaking the bank.
I don’t stress about timelines. I let rooms evolve, knowing which direction I want to lead, but I give myself enough slack to incorporate an awesome find here and there like this chair. I wasn’t looking for one, but when I stumbled upon a $100 chair at HomeGoods, I fell in love with it.
Now on to the bling – or the decorative accessories. It’s the absolute hardest part for me. I’m notoriously picky, and I’d rather have just a handful of things I adore versus a room full I kinda like. See the crushed can vase? Yep, totally me. I try to find quirky things that are fun and lighthearted, without looking like they came from a dorm room. Ok, maybe the disco ball could be in a dorm room…
And then there are books. If it were up to me, I’d just have stacks of books everywhere (I think it’s the writer in me.) I love printed words, they just make me happy in almost any form. I never buy books just to be pretty, I want things that feed my creativity, my mind or my soul.
Besides accessories, the other hard part of decorating for me is artwork. I’d rather have blank walls than things that 50 million other people have. Even if I use traditional bought art (like the deer head above) I want to add it to my home in a quirky way. I strive to have things that are unique and make me smile when I see them.
So that’s my style in a nutshell. I don’t have a name for it (but if you do, hit me up in the comments.)