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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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Take the #myhomechallenge to Refresh and Revitalize Your Home

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One Month to Refresh Your Kitchen

I'm proposing is a month long challenge to refresh your space. We'll design, clean, organize and make it look fantastic. All you need to do is follow along, well, and get the work done! I'm combining all of my favorite things-minimalism, spring cleaning and interior design. I'll walk you through how to create a design plan, tips and tricks to decluttering and organizing, styling your space and maybe we'll even do some cooking along the way. I've left plenty of time for cleaning, as you can see in the outline below. 

  • Week One-The Design Plan

Grab some magazines, Houzz or Pinterest and dive into your inspiration. I often pin elements of something that I like even if the whole kitchen won't work for me. Draft your plan. Make a list of all the things that need to get done. 

  • Week Two-Clear it All Out

When's the last time you cleaned out your cupboards? Are you able to to pull out a pot or pan without the whole pile tumbling to the ground? Do you know what is in your junk drawer? Well, it's time to clean it out. We'll go through all of our cabinets and clean and rearrange. 

  • Week Three- Organize and Start Putting it Together

Week two and three will overlap a little. I tend to organize as I go, but some people like to pull it all out and then organize later. This is the week you'll also make any repairs that you may have added to your list. 

  • Week Four-Finish It! 

in my mind I hear the voice from Mortal Kombat going FINISH HIM!

This is the final stretch and I know you can do it. 

Want to join me on this journey? Then follow Meandering Design on Instagram and keep an eye out for the  #myhousechallenge tag. I'll be posting each Monday morning with instructions, but there will be more details on instagram. 

We will be starting on January 29th, which I realize is an odd date, but I didn't want to start January 1st because everyone was working on their New Year's resolutions (how are those going for you?).  Let's do this thing. 

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