Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Day 641's challenge
Paula at Two Ellie tagged me with the challenge to come up with one image that explains my personal style. I had actually already given it a little thought after Lauren of Pure Style Home did it last week, but it was still surprisingly tough. I went through all of my digital inspiration files, and in the end kept coming back to these two, from the home of designer Morgan Harrison.
Add a little more brown to the mix, and these colors are spot on what you'll find in our house. It's pretty lame, but I was inspired by the colors of some dried hydrangea flowers when I first began choosing things for the house. I love the muted blues and greens and find myself drawn to them over and over and over (to an obsessive point, really).
I love antique furniture and anything with a history, especially when it's used in a fresh, up-to-date way -- like this blue sideboard and the painted chairs. To me, a room can be very stale and predictable unless there is a little history mixed in. That combination of old and new offers personality.
While I am definitely not a modernist, I do tend to be a little spare, preferring solid colors to prints and keeping surfaces (both walls and tables) a little bare. If you have good-looking furniture I don't think it needs to be dressed up with a million accessories.
Now that I'm living with a boy I try to keep a handle on it, but I definitely lean in a feminine, sort of pretty direction. I don't like anything too fussy, but I can't resist a ruffle (there's evidence of that in my wardrobe, too).
What really sealed the deal were those cake stands and pitchers on the shelves. I'll confess to having a slightly obscene number of cake stands, especially for a girl who doesn't bake many cakes! Ceramic or glass, white or blue, I love them all and find them (and pitchers too) pretty hard to resist at antique shops or TJ Maxx.
I think that pretty much covers it. I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you want to join the fun, please do! And then be sure to leave a comment here so I'll know you did.
By the way, I bought the rug! I really appreciate all of the feedback you gave yesterday; Wes was out of town so I needed some shopping validation, you know? I decided to wash all of our bedding at 9pm last night, so when I get it all put back together I'll snap a photo. My bare toes sure appreciated it this morning as I was pacing in front of my closet trying to decide what to wear.