It has taken me a looooong time to define my style. And even though I believe you should always buy only what you LOVE no matter what the style, there is something comforting to me to have a definition. I like things defined.
That being said, I have struggled with defining my style. I know that I love antiques, but I also know that it can be overdone if you are not careful. Painted furniture is wonderful but so is wood. There is only so much distressing one house can take. I love comfort, which I think a farmhouse offers, but too many old items make folks afraid they are going to break something. However, nothing is better than a mojito in a mason jar. Seriously.
And so there was my struggle. Until I decided to define my own style.
For some reason, it just struck me the other day. I was looking through Houzz, as I often do to get inspired. So many of the rooms I loved had a wonderful mix of farmhouse and clean white. They had really wonderful light fixtures and then old reclaimed wood beams. They had a fantastic antique trunk next to a very tailored upholstered chair. And I thought, new farmhouse is good. That is what this style is. But “new” sounded generic. So “modern” came about.
Here’s a great example. The fantastic 2012 Southern Living Idea House. I could move in here tomorrow! It will always be the perfect definition of my style, I believe.
See what I mean! There is an old, painted and distressed workbench acting as a sofa table for a brand new Chesterfield style sofa.
Then there is KariAnne’s house from Thistlewood Farm.
Her library room is to die for.
However, I require a bit more color. The evolution of defining my style began. Here’s how it came to be.
1. I saw that I put animal print in every room. No matter what. I have antlers in the living room along with zebra print chairs. I also have leopard print pillows in the keeping room. My son has antlers in his bedroom. I’m pretty sure that antlers count as farmhouse chic, but animal prints are my own twist.
2. I love the white on neutral look but I need pops of color. My keeping room is cream and grey with pops of yellow. My living room is brown and beige with persimmon red and teal. My dining room is on its way to being cream and brown with orange curtains (more on that another time).
3. I need to not worry about breaking everything. That means that too many antiques would have me worrying every time my kids had a playdate. But enough antiques to keep the place interesting is a must.
4. When I look around I see baskets, distressed wood and old stuff without it being overwhelming. And I don’t think anyone would walk into my house and think “wow, she robbed an old barn!”. I do think there is some interest in my surroundings, many of them old antiques.
Now that I have defined my style, I feel that I can go so much further with it. Not in an overboard and crazy kind of way. More in a “now I have direction” kind of way.
How would you define your style?
Do you like clean lines or curves and detail? (Modern vs. Traditional)
Do you like antiques or brand new? Or both?
What kinds of colors do you like? Prints? Stripes?
You can define your style. Just look around and see what you love. It will help you choose a path to make your house a home.