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Finding My Style

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Style, whether it is fashion or interiors, grows and changes. Sometimes it is something I’m interested in and sometimes I’ll just grab whatever is in the closet and put it on. What’s in style changes from day to day it seems! So, overall I recommend trying to get in touch with what you really like and following that style regardless of the trends.

Over the last few years I’ve been experimenting with my style. My core furniture remains the same, but I add different pillows, paint, wallpaper and art to change things up. Initially I was really drawn to the Scandinavian style of white and grey with natural wood tones to add texture and interest. Yet, on the flip side I really love dark moody interiors.

I’ve slowly been adding layers to my home. Not necessarily a ton of stuff, but putting grey sheepskin on my Bertoia chairs (which FYI you kind of need so you don’t get waffle butt!), adding a wool pillow to the couch, putting new art up on the walls as I find it and putting candlesticks on the dining room table along with a table runner.

I realized I was moving away from the bright white interiors and embracing the dark side. It takes time to figure out your style. I don’t look at any of the things I have done in my home as mistakes, but rather, as opportunities to experiment and grow. Since the big pieces have stayed the same I haven’t had a big outlay of money that I’m going to lose. Just 50 bucks for a can of paint, divided over four years of enjoyment and you see that the cost isn’t significant. Also, anything I change up, I can sell or donate.

Don’t feel like you have to be married to one particular style. I think because of the time, effort and money that I had put into my home I was supposed to just let it be, but your home is never finished. You grow and change as a person and your home can do the same.

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Crazy or Perfect

When I decided to paint my office dark I was thinking that I was either daft or brilliant. Once that first coat of paint went up on the wall though I was smitten. It made the room feel so much larger and not quite so dingy. I painted the top 1/4 a pink hue (not my normal color choice, but it works so well in this space) and I left it feeling a bit unfinished on purpose. 

I kept popping my head into the room just because. 

I rent so I know I'm going to have to paint it back, but I reached a point where I was actively avoiding that room and it was a dumping ground. I wanted to make it into a positive creative space that I would use. 

Now it is a space where I curl up in the chair and day dream in, or open the windows on a summer night and listen to the Mumford and Sons concert. It is filled with inspirational art, including pictures I took on my travels. 

The desk is no longer piled with stuff and so it is functional. I want to be in here working, which completely changes my productivity and how I view the administrative work I need to do for the business. 

These are just a couple of glimpses because a friend is going to come and photograph the space. It's tight and really dark so it is a bit challenging for me to do!

If you have been thinking about making some bold changes I highly recommend you do it. If you need some help through the process then definitely drop me a line

 

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Office Design Inspiration

It seems counter intuitive but painting a small beige room a dark color makes it bigger. My second bedroom is off the dining room and it became a dumping ground because I never went in there. It just felt so bleh. 

I decided it was time for a change. I made a pinterest board and started pinning things that caught my eye. A very clear pattern emerged of dark walls and hints of pink. Even as I type that I'm saying- wait, what? pink?!! 

Except for the hint of pink there was a very masculine vibe coming through as well. Along with different textures to make the space warm and inviting. 

I had been debating painting the room dark and then I went to Cape Town, South Africa and stayed at an amazing flat through AirBnB. It had all of the design elements I was contemplating and it looked fabulous. 

So, I came home and painted the bottom 3/4 of the wall dark and the top 1/4 a dusky rose. 

I'm finishing up the final touches and I can't wait to share this room with you. 

I share my progress over on Instagram, so please feel free to follow along. 

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Holy Cow

I thought I had posted a before picture of my small room in the basement (no it's not a dungeon!) and then I found the picture below and my jaw dropped. 

No wonder why I avoided that room. It was crazy!! 

Now everything is in it's place and there is empty space on the shelves and in some of the small bins (which are semi-transparent). 

One thing I would recommend when you have a storage space is to not put everything in big storage bins. I had no idea what was actually in the room and the towering bins made it impossible to find anything. 

Every day I just cleared something out of this room. A lot of things went to charity or to be sold. I started in one corner and just worked my way around the room because when I looked at it as a whole I was paralyzed with indecision. 

I hope this inspires you to venture into the spaces you have forgotten and clear them out!

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Going to the dark side

I need to repaint my office. Let me rephrase that- I've needed to repaint my office for almost a year now. I even have a can of paint just sitting there waiting to be used. It is white with a tint of grey. 

My office is painted this horrendous shade of beige with way too much yellow in it. In fact my whole house is this horrid shade of beige. The room also gets no natural light. I've decided to embrace the darkness and make the room cozy instead of bleh. 

I've decided that I will willingly paint the room back to beige but I can't live with it like this anymore. Plus there are holes from the previous tenant that were never patched and I added even more holes to the wall. 

The function of this room is shifting. It is going to be a combo office, guest bedroom, and tv watching room. I decided to be bold and I'm going to paint the space dark grey almost black. 

I turned to the interwebs for further inspiration/confirmation of my insane idea. There is a Benjamin Moore paint store around the corner from my house so that's where I am heading to get my paint. Therefore I focused my search on Benjamin Moore. 

 Whale Grey via  Remodelista

Whale Grey via Remodelista

 Caviar via  Ramsey Interiors

Caviar via Ramsey Interiors

 Soot via  Design*Sponge

Soot via Design*Sponge

 Deep Space via  Design*Sponge

Deep Space via Design*Sponge

 Graphite via  Life In Grace

Graphite via Life In Grace

 Gravel Grey via s fgirlbybay

Gravel Grey via sfgirlbybay

I kind of want them all, but I need to narrow it down. I've gone to the paint store to get samples so I'll keep you posted. 

Have you painted a room dark? 

 

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