Whether you are renting, buying a home, or just want to make your current abode more appealing for you and your family, it’s important to define your style. Trust me, I have made the mistake of buying furniture and decor without a plan or style in mind, and there are a lot of purchases and decisions that I regret now. Defining your style before you go out shopping will save you a lot of money because you can take the time to bargain hunt for the pieces that you will really love.
Our new house gives me a nearly blank slate to start with, and these are the lessons I’ll apply to minimize wasted money and maximize the style that’s right for us.
What is your favorite room/nook/item?
An excellent example of a space that I love is my daughter’s bedroom. This is the last room that I decorated in our current house, and I will miss it dearly when we move. Every time I walk into this room, even when my daughter is screaming in her crib, I manage to feel good.
- I came up with a plan before purchasing or making anything, which enabled me to visualize the space before making any financial commitments.
- There’s a bit of bling. The chandelier and glass knobs add some subtle sparkle.
- The wall color (Benjamin Moore’s Maritime Blue) is vibrant yet relaxing, and reminds me of the beautiful water in the Caribbean. It also brightens the room and makes it appear larger.
- The roman shade fabric and throw pillow on the chair are exotic prints, which hearken back to our world travels.
- I took a chance and mixed prints, and love the result! Chevron + stripes + paisley all came together beautifully in this room.
What room/nook/item drives you nuts?
- I just don’t like the wall color. If you do, that’s cool, but this shade of green (and really, green on walls in general) is just not my thing.
- So, so much dark brown and cream. Dark brown sectional sofa, accent tables, picture frames… Cream trim, cream chairs, creamy rug. Gah!
- A hard coffee table, which is not comfortable as a footrest.
What do you love to wear?
When you look in your closet, do you see bold prints? Classic pinstripes? Loads of black and white? Is your dresser drawer filled with blue t-shirts? Is your jewelry box filled with simple and refined pieces or do you love big baubles?
How these questions define my style
Plan, plan, plan!
Never again will I buy major pieces for a room without first coming up with a plan. I like to use PowerPoint to create a room plan, but Polyvore, Pinterest, Evernote, and an old fashioned file folder of magazine clippings will do. I’ve created a new PowerPoint slide deck just for our new house so that I can see how all the rooms will flow together, and start collecting fabric swatches and paint samples. I did buy a rug already though….and a ceiling fixture…but I have a plan for them that I will share soon!
What’s your favorite spot in your house, and why is it so wonderful? How did you determine your style, or are you still working on it?