Everyone is creative, and has originality. The challenge for all of us is to reign in those qualities and become confident in expressing them. Style is fluid. Your likes, needs, and wants will change over the years. This is the process of growing and developing your own personal style
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Finding your own taste goes much deeper than just decorating.. From the clothes you wear to the books you read and the activities you enjoy, style encompasses your whole life. What kind of music do you listen to? Which films, novels and artists inspire you? Where would you love to travel? Your answers to these questions can help you define your own style.
It's about understanding yourself, gaining the confidence, to unleash your creativity. Consider what attracts you most to objects (shape, color, pattern, material?) and once you get your own preferences clear in your head, you can sort through your stuff easily and create a more cohesive look.
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Through life changes, one becomes wiser with age. Finally understanding what is really important makes you realize that you've come full circle. Knowing your style is all part of settling into your home space.
Don’t be afraid to copy – If you see something someone has done that you admire use it as a starting off point. Your own style will evolve as you collect ideas from others. Start to collect looks -- Tear photos out of magazines, peruse Houzz.com , organize and pin your ideas on Pinterest. As you collect images you love, you'll start to see your style evolve.
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A few years ago if I were to search my own space for an image that best defined my sense of style it probably would have been this
Today it probably would be this image. A little more spare, a little less perfect….
Remember definining and developing your style is a process. Be selective. Often times, less is more when it comes to successful decorating. If you can identify your personal style and eliminate the excess, your home will be beautiful!
I would love to hear which of the above images best reflects your personal style and why?