Monday, April 7, 2014

finding your (& my) home decorating style- part 2

How was your weekend? I hope you had a good one and an even better week this week! :)
home decorating style
I recently answered the first set of questions from HGTV's 10 Tips on Finding Your Style. (See part 1 here).

These are the answers to the other 5 questions. I hope you answer them along with me.

"Form over function. Do you work on a desk that is too small, but can't bear to replace it? Have a couch that is crazy uncomfortable, but it's still in you living room after all these years? [...] Take a good long look, because this is a dead giveaway to your personal style. There is something you love so much about this piece that you have chosen its form over your need for function."
I notice that I tend to keep pieces I don't love for sentimental/thrifty reasons. For example, the furniture in my bedroom is my grandma's old furniture set, and not my style at all. Multiple times Jesse has told me he would buy a whole new bedroom set if I wanted, and multiple times I've said, "But imagine all the money we could save by just painting these!" (After so many years though, I've realized that even painted, they're not my style).

"What you have chosen to hang on your walls says something about you. Art is purely personal, not tied to function or need and therefore is usually the best indication of your style."
I currently don't have anything on my walls. I'm so intimidated by committing to anything in particular. I'm hoping to get over it this year and commit to some pieces. I notice that I like (because I tend to pin) gallery walls with family pictures, inspirational quotes, plant art, funny/quirky quotes/pictures.

"What's your favorite hotel? [...] Always stay in cozy country B&Bs? Like the modern city high-rise hotel? Or do you go more for the traditionally furnished places? Hotels have clear design styles, so use them to help you find YOUR style."
This one wasn't easy for me to answer. I like very clean, modern looking hotels, but don't like the city atmosphere. I prefer to go to quiet, scenic places (the beach or mountainous areas, for example). I like that cabins are warm and inviting, but stylistically, they're not "me." Is there a clean, modern hotel in a mountainous area anywhere? Take me there. (The Oxford Hotel in Oregon looks great. I love the hotel's overall look.)

"When there is one piece different from everything else in your room, take note. Chances are, this is one style you like, but are afraid to fully venture into."
I have this aqua vase that I love, but doesn't really go with anything. I will definitely be sticking to clean, modern, and functional while my girls are young because I need a calming space. That vase, though, makes me think I really like busy, Bohemian inspired spaces, but am "afraid to fully venture into" them (I love Justina's living room and bedroom).

"Where you chose to spend your vacations, and what you bring back with you are great style indicators. Always go to Mexico on your holidays and have a full set of cobalt-blue wine glasses? You like the hacienda look. Love your family vacations at the beach and have jars of seashells in your bathroom? Coastal cottage is your style."
Again. Tough. Good question. The question suggested Mexico, and I immediately thought, "Yes! Mexico!" and, "Oh! What about Guatemala? Or Turkey?" I thought, "How cool would some embroidered fabrics, woven baskets, or wooden bowls be too bring back as souvenirs?" (Again with the Bohemian look, right?) When I travel though, again, I like to visit scenic places in very (read very) clean hotels. I tend to bring back paper goods as souvenirs because first and foremost, I am a paper crafter/Project Lifer. Plus, I don't like useless souvenirs. (Please don't bring me a keychain. I will feel bad to get rid of it because I'm sentimental, but I won't like it. Please do bring back an embroidered clutch from Turkey. :)

Okay. So, I've gotten through all of the questions, what have I (what have you) learned (I hope you answered the questions along with me)?
I like spaces that are clean, modern, functional, and calming. I like the big pieces (couches/furniture/rugs) to stick to neutral (especially natural) color schemes. I like to bring in some color with accent pieces. I especially love plants, woven pieces (baskets), and eclectic accents. I'm sentimental and tend to hoard things that have a story. I'm a thrifter and find great joy in bringing in inexpensive, repurposed items.

I did enjoy this exercise. I really appreciated HGTV's quiz!

See glimpses of my home here.

PS. Thank you for your kind words about my blogging for 5 years. I haven't had a chance to respond to everyone, but hope to soon. The first 5 commenters will be receiving a kit from me as soon as I get your addresses from you. :)

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