January 3, 2013
I was organizing some pictures over the weekend and I stumbled across some images (below) of favorite rooms from 2010 that I had I gathered in an inspiration file on my old computer from that year (in those pre Pinterest days, do you remember them?)
As I went through this “favorites” file I recognized something about myself, something that made me feel really good. When it comes to my personal taste, I know what I like when I see it. I like white bookcases and clean lines together with touches of wood and a mix of traditional and modern.
I like graphic wallpaper in a powder room paired with a fretwork mirror.
I like sculptural modern accents paired with classic Louis style chairs trimmed in nailheads and a healthy dose of dark and light contrast.
I like tin ceilings in a white kitchen with dark wood floors and a chunky wood table.
I will always love a white kitchen filled with colorful ceramics.
I don’t think you can ever go wrong when you have a tailored upholstered bed.
Greens, blues, stripes mixed with contemporary florals, whitewashed or pale wood walls, and rustic beams? Amen.
A velvet sofa in a room covered in thoughtful architectural detail with touches of gold – bring it.
Blue and gold and wainscoting and white accents and neutral furnishings… predictable affection for this of course.
A brightly painted piece of furniture next to a chair upholstered in a bold pattern? True love.
So the moral of the story is I feel lucky that despite the constant barrage of design inspiration, my personal tastes haven’t changed all that much in the last few years. I appreciate great design in all styles and forms but when it comes to my own home, I know what I like and I decorate as I please.
And I think that is the greatest challenge in decorating our homes, honing in on what we like and then staying true to our personal style. So often we’re bombarded with images, especially if you hang out on Pinterest, read design blogs, and absorb shelter magazines like I do (and I love it!) But like I said, I realized something about myself that I think is an important lesson. Figure out what you like and display it in your home with pride and without apology.
With all the talk of design trends, there’s one quote that sticks out in my mind, “fashion fades, style is eternal.” As much as we love to ogle and discuss the trends, and even play around with them in our homes in doses large and small, I always find in my favorite spaces a constant theme – timeless style that showcases the homeowner’s personality.
Have your tastes changed over the past few years? Are they influenced by images from Pinterest and shelter mags or have you realized that you too just know what you love?