I am trying.
I am occasionally known (from family members) for contradicting myself. I know. Imagine that.
So, I have also been known to contradict my OWN style in decor.
Struggling with what is REALLY me? what makes ME feel good? and warm, and inviting, and at ease?
I guess it is a combination with the different things I have tried over the last few years.
I took things down to basically bare walls. I liked the openness. I still do. But failing to use just the “right” elements was making me kind of crazy and unsettled. It really was, over time.
So, I began adding things back in, but sometime they were the WRONG things. Items that were really not “me”. Not good.
I am definitely not looking for items that are cool, trendy, flashy, or look like they belong in a house OTHER than mine. Sleek and trendy hardly “fits” in my Cape Cod looking house. I tried, and it did NOT make me feel good.
My authentic style just simply makes me feel…..GOOD. Makes me wanna smile.
This is an example, as best as I can try to wrap it up in one picture.
I took a detailed survey for the fun of it. Here is the results of what defines MY style.
“Cozy Cottage Casual”
A warm traditional look made for relaxing with family. Emphasis on English early-American furnishings, as well as cottage style and farmhouse. Weathered and built for daily life. Subtly patterned prints, rugs and runners. Warm wood tones and distressed finishes. Natural fabrics, and solid textiles, simple stripes, and florals in muted tones.
I whole heartedly agree.
I have more “Defining your style” advise to follow, trust me.
Is this something you have also struggled, or am I in this one alone?