We moved into this house almost 9 years ago……..and have spent that much time making it our own.
During that time, I have looked through magazines, read blog posts, used Instagram, Facebook, and tv shows to gather decorating ideas.
confession: That often times creates envy. I would see a room, fall in love and want one exactly like it.
A lot of times you start creating something that isn’t you. You are creating a room based on what someone else likes.
You can read articles on how to choose paint colors, which curtains work best for certain windows or how to rearrange your furniture. You can also learn about certain styles or looks and how to achieve them.
But the truth is, they never really tell you how to create your own amazing style and that is ultimately what counts.
Where do you start? There are so many styles. Shabby chic, french country, boho, primitive country, modern, sophisticated classic, vintage eclectic, cottage chic, the list goes on….
Pull your look together: Before starting, ask yourself what you like, think about what patterns, colors, and styles stop you in your tracks. Look through your favorite magazines, search Pinterest, whatever makes you happy. You can take bits & pieces from all of those places to help you with a plan and figure out your style.
My decorating personality: You’re about comfort and warmth, favoring warm, traditional rooms made for relaxing with family and friends. Your ideal decor draws on English and early-American furniture designs, as well as laid-back country, cottage, and farmhouse styles. Weathered, low-maintenance furnishings are easy, inviting, and built for daily life. Think golden retrievers, fuzzy slippers, and just about any movie by Nancy Meyers.
I almost compromised my own style one time. Something I loved for something someone else thought I should have. I am always open to suggestions, but need to remember what makes me happy and what feels right. My friends and family reminded me of that.
By choosing things that made me happy, our family room took on a cozy cottage style look with hardwood floors.
Our kitchen eventually took on a vintagey farmhouse style look. I’ll save the story about painting the cupboards for another time. It definitely needs a post of it’s own. It’s amazing how you didn’t pay attention to something like a cupboard having two sides. Until you had to paint them.
Everyone deserves a lovely home. Make it warm, make it cozy, have patience, shop around and make it yours.