style tips

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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Interior Design for the Design Challenged

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I received a request from my friend Kristi to give some interior design tips for dummies. Well, I don't think you are dummies, but maybe design challenged. So, this week's podcast is going to go through some quick and dirty tips to help you design your space. If you are on iTunes take a listen and make sure you subscribe to receive new podcasts when they go live. Here's a brief synopsis to get you started. 

  1. Start with your style (don't forget to include your partners style too!). This will help you figure out what your plan is, which will make it less overwhelming when you go shopping.
    1. Check last week's podcast for ideas on how to find your style. 
    2. Check out my class. Use the code JustForYou for 20% off the class. 
    3. Sign up for newsletter to get my "How to find your style guide" for free
  2. How do you want the home to feel. This will also help drive your decisions
  3. How do you want the space to function. What do you want to be able to do in the space.
  4. Set your budget. No really!!! What is your budget?
    1. Split up your budget by current needs and long term goals/needs.
    2. I recommend saving up money for what you really want. 
  5. Make a furniture plan
    1. Mock layout your furniture to figure out the best size and where the furniture should go. 
    2. Make sure your measure your entryway and stairwells and anyway the furniture has to enter the house. Make sure it will fit into the house.  
    3. Figure out the best height as well and spatial size for each item. 
  6. Realize that this takes time. Unless you are on an HGTV show it is going to take you some time to hone in on your design style, figure out what your budget and plan is and go shopping. 

Always remember that I am here to help! If you get stuck or aren't sure even where to start feel free to reach out to me.  Also, if you have any questions that you want answered on future podcasts let me know in the comments below! 

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