How was your weekend? Good I hope! We enjoyed our last few weeks of summer in the pool. Gotta keep practicing “paddlers” and “kickers” so the boys can finally swim on their own! I seriously daydream of the day when I can leisurely lounge on the sidelines with a cool drink in one hand and a good book in the other. Ahhh, sounds sooo nice.
Anyhow, as some of you know I picked up the Domino Book a few months ago. Lots of pretty pictures and some neat advice… But one thing in particular has had me thinking for awhile. It says that an important first step to decorating is to determine your style. Label yourself. This is something I have always struggled with and I don’t think it’s that uncommon… how about you?? Do you struggle to define what you like in 2 or 3 words?
Here are some buzz words they throw out to inspire: Feminine, Elegant, Tailored, Classic, Modern, Traditional, Witty, Comfortable, Zen, Edgy, Dramatic, Pop, Vibrant, Clean, Organic.
Any jump out at you?
Or are you appalled by being asked to label yourself?
Does a label restrict who we can be or does it allow us the freedom to be who we are?
Both, I guess.
But since I’m on a trek (of sorts) to become better at my addiction, I am game to play. Now, to figure out how to describe “my style.” I can do that… I think.
Here’s what I’m not….
I actually really like all the rooms, but are they me? Not so much… especially at this point in my life! I’m not nearly so glamorous or sophisticated!
Me? I’m a little more of this…
But maybe with a little more color?
And of course a sense of humor!
So, yeah, that’s my style in a nutshell. Well, for now, at least!
Collected Relaxed Happy
I love going to antique stores and flea markets, so a lot of my favorite pieces are from all over the world (although, yes, I have to admit that I’m most in love with Asian ceramics and art). But I’m not on the zen side of design – I can’t say no to color and I like having stuff; pictures on the walls, finds from our travels, art made by the kids. No room in the house is off limits (I mean, how could it be??) and that’s nice for us… the kids have an impact in the space and how it’s designed too.
Ever noticed how you love certain rooms, but never emulate them? This is me to a T! I see all white rooms and think they’re so fresh. But then I’ll pick out fabric and go for the wackiest patterns. I never buy white, beige, cream, taupe. I don’t want to sew white stuff. I want to buy fun things and make colorful pieces… I guess, deep down, it’s just not me. And now that I’ve found my style, I feel better about it!
I’ve been labeled! Phew, what a relief.