Sunday, February 3, 2008

defining your style

What is your style? Can you describe it in one or two words? Does it take more like a phrase or a paragraph? For me, it is a tough thing to verbalize in a way that makes sense, since my style is always evolving. Plus, I feel that a lot of the styles I enjoy contradict eachother. Cottage and modern. Contemporary and traditional. Ecclectic and simple. Cozy and clean. I love certain elements of all these looks. Therein lies both the beauty and the challenge of creating a design look that is truly your own. The task at hand is to choose pieces that exhibit each of these qualities and bring them together in a way that is complementary. There is a delicate balance in mixing styles and periods of furnitre, for you do not want one to dominate the other, but just to contrast and enhance. So, today I bought my bulliten board and this week I will get to work on pinpointing what designs inspire me. It will be crucial for me to eliminate any image or pattern or piece that I am not in love with. Hopefully, the result will provide a clearer reflection of what my style is. Maybe I can start implementing some of the new trends that may develop. The other side to this question of style is: what have you already got? Do you love any of it? Are you just making do at the moment? Most of us can't totally start over or rush out to purchase all of the furnishings of our dreams. But we can do it in stages. And we can do it on a budget.


Candace said...

Your blog is quite fun and welcoming. I'm a fan already. I have a question for the designer. What do you think about mixing woods? I have some lighter tables from college and hand-me-downs. I like the newer, darker woods and that's what I bought recently. Replacing the light stuff is neither in the budget right now nor necessary since the pieces work fine. Am I breaking the rules by mixing? Any tips for making it work together? Thanks, Betsy!

Betsy said...

Candace... I will do a posting on this topic over the weekend. Great question! Thanks for checking out the blog!