Tuesday, May 3, 2011

when your style changes....

I got married almost 8 years ago. Let's just say my style has changed quite a bit since then. I'm not just talking about my personal style (as that has seen a lot of change as well) but I'm talking more about my home decor style (I suppose that is personal style?).

When I got married I registered for basic items, a bit more on the neutral side as we were planning on living in a nice apartment for the first year. I did however, adore all things Palm Trees and the Tuscan style that came along with them. I have a giant Palm Tree picture in my living room, palm tree pillows (see example below), palm tree candle stick holders and palm tree tins that are on my mantle. I loved palm trees. I still do, but I'm over that style. Like, way over. (it doesn't help our couch is a hand-me-down and the style just makes me cringe. We are saving up for a purchase of a new neutral colored couch...seems like saving up for big ticket items take a long time when you have other necessities to pay for!)

Naturally I have outgrown my love for Palm Trees, my love for Tuscan style and even some of the American Colonial style that also fills my home. I would say most of things I own have never truly been my style. I got a lot of hand-me-down decorations, coffee table, tables/chairs, dressers, etc. so I've had to go with the flow and make things work. (hey we were 21 & 20 when we got married, both lived at home up till that point and didn't have much to call our own!)

So what am I trying to say? What do you do when your style completely changes?

For me, I am going to start small. Garage Sale. I have already picked out items I'm going to sell and whatever doesn't sell, I will donate. I realize my home is going to be bare for awhile while I plan and design what I am really feeling at the moment.

I have realized that I have always adored vintage items, even as a child (my love of old movies has helped this love of vintage decor/clothing). Thankfully, this type of vintage feel is back in a big way. I love the 40s and 50s and even 70s, the bright colors, even pastel colors. I just love the cozy, fun feel to it all. It seems all so happy. What more does a person want then a happy home?

So farewell old style and hello to the possibility of something new and fresh that is more me!

My collection of ideas via (the most addicting site ever) Pinterest.

As you can see from just a few pictures my style is a bit all over the place at the moment, more 40s/50s vibe and bright to a more 30s/40s light, pastel type of feel to everything. I'm still thinking and creating and I think I can have all these styles incorporated into one house, after all I have lots of rooms and lots of ideas! It's time to start putting all my thoughts into action!


  1. Hey,
    One of the blogs I sent you (House of Smiths) goes through this exact same issue. Shelly has only been blogging a little over a year (or two?), and if you back-date to the beginning, you'll see that her whole purpose for starting the blog revolved around the fact that she wanted to completely transform her house from a country/tuscan style, to a more modern version of a cottage-like style. She changed everything. I found it interesting to see how she worked in the changes for not a lot of money. Fun times. :)

  2. I love all your inspiration photos! The homes look so cozy and happy!