An out-of-town friend stopped by the other day; it was her first time to my house. She knows I’m in the interior design business. As she looked around my living room, she said that she just needed a moment to take everything in. At that moment I realized that I’m numb to my own style. What can I say? My house is me and I am it…
I admit it—I’m drawn to unusual things. I have a free standing column that came from an old house in Texas. There’s a black and white striped vintage awning on one wall. At Christmas, my husband surprised me with an antique ceiling medallion from an old house in Houston that now sits on my mantle. Strange, huh? My friend sure thought so…but in a good way. We all have our own styles that we prefer and our homes reflect the things we like. While some of us may swoon over an interesting headboard set of windows, maybe there are some of us that wouldn’t feel comfortable with it. That’s OK!
Whatever style you gravitate toward is fine. Sometimes I think we spend so much time worrying that we are not “doing it right.” We worry that we can’t mix fun colors without looking like a kid’s playroom. You can, and it can look fabulously adult! This living room is a great example of this.
Or, who would think it’s okay to mix red and pink on a carpet? When its surrounded by white, sure, that rug can work in the space. So fun!
This reminds me of a favorite children’s book, The Big Orange Splot. The basic story line is that once the people in the story realized their dreams, they began to decorate their homes to reflect those dreams. As most children’s books do, they speak to adults probably more than they do to kids. The story ends with the main character saying this: “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I want to be and it looks like all my dreams.” So, take a moment to think about your dreams (your style). And then, give yourself permission for your home to reflect those dreams.