Define your style

 

  • Starting with a home that was completely packed with stuff, smokey as the bear and in general needing a lot of love lent ample amount of time to consider the style, as the home evolved. Not everyone has this same ‘luxury’ (if you would even want to call it that…). I’ve been poking around and found this blog post about defining style.
  • The Gist:
    • In order to keep everything in order in your home… and have the style flow throughout it is important to define what it is you’re going for. The blogger suggests that you go through your Pinterest boards and all other inspiration and come up with 3 words to describe the style you’re shooting for.
    • For me, I chose: Cozy, Industrial, Natural
    • The second step is to identify why your inspiration rooms fit into these descriptors. Once you’ve defined these categories for yourself, you will find that it is MUCH easier to consider carpeting, flooring, paint, fabric, curtains… This will also help avoid a mismatch and clash of styles, creating a not even eclectic quirky kinda cute… Just creating a jumbled mess.
    • The third step is to consider what you absolutely don’t want people to say about your home. I wouldn’t want people to say that my house is ‘cute’, ‘cutesy’, ‘girly’… Etc. I’m shooting for my three words: Cozy, industrial, and natural. Along those lines I want my home to be sleek, put together, and classy.
    • By defining the things you DON’T want to see, you can stop yourself from buying things that deviate from your vision. If you’ve already disobeyed the ‘ANTI-SAVE’, and find yourself in the home section of TJ Maxx again… It’s alright, you can use these words as your second line of defense. If you pick up an item and it doesn’t fall in the 3 word categories you defined above (again I’m going for Cozy, Industrial, Natural), think twice… If the item is one of your “Absolutely NOT” category (for me it is “Cute”, “Cutesy”, “Girly”), PUT IT BACK! Just put it down. Walk away, put it down. Don’t fret though, I’m a sucker for ruffles too… Just make sure they are the right kind of ruffles…
    • Some other important things to consider are:
      • Do I have a specific spot for this? (You don’t need to have the exact position laid out, but have a good idea of which room you will be putting this item).
      • Does this item make my life easier? (Life gets better if you continue to improve the process you employ to accomplish your goals. If this item will help you keep your closet more organized, or help you remember where your keys go… and it also fits your home’s style, YOU WILL LOVE IT! Get it!!!)