Defining Our Style
When I first started decorating our townhouse way back in 2011, I wasn’t quite sure what our style was. I just knew what I liked. And I knew what we didn’t like. I mean, that's the beginning of style, but it's not personal to us. I’d see inspiring images on Pinterest or in magazines and try to emulate them. But when it came to the finished spaces, they never felt pulled together or exactly right. And that was frustrating. Then we moved into our last house and we did so much to the actual house that I never actually got to decorate it or finish any spaces before we moved. And now that we’re in Washington, I really feel like I’m starting to hone into what our home should feel like and look like. I have realized that just because I can look at an inspiring image and like it doesn’t mean it’s right for us and our home. And I am learning that copying does nobody any favors, because every unique space should be just that – unique.
And one thing about renting is that there isn’t much I can do to the actual house. Luckily, the house is newly renovated so there isn’t just a TON that I would dive into right now anyway, but the fact that this house isn’t ours to renovate is actually really freeing for me. We’ve only ever owned our homes so renovation and big change was always on our minds. But with this house, we get to take the opportunity to just make the spaces we have work and make them beautiful, not make them new spaces. That being said, we’ve both (Tomas and I) felt kind a shift in our taste lately and as I move forward with trying to make the house feel like us, I wanted to have a few defining points. What do we want our house to feel like? What will define our style? I’ve narrowed it down to three key ideas that I think will give us good direction and hopefully make the overall house feel like one big statement of our family and style.
I’m huge on a functional space. Prettiness means absolutely nothing to me if a space doesn’t work well for its use and for its owners. And especially with 2 little kids, we need our spaces to do a lot of work. We really live in our home and do a lot here, and we love to host and entertain. So I need a space to be functional above all else. That means less clutter, smart furniture choices, and a good flow from room to room.
I don’t mean clean in regards to my housekeeping skills (which are a little lacking lately, to be honest). I mean in regards to lines and in décor. I see a lot of homes that are just PACKED with décor. And that’s awesome if that’s your bag, but it’s not ours. I want everything in our home to be a conscious choice and a conscious possession that we really enjoy having or have for a reason. I want our furniture to be beautiful, but clean lined and modern. I’m okay with a little empty wall space, which makes a busy gallery wall even more eye-catching. And I want to focus on a clean, neutral color palette that doesn’t seem loud or cluttered.
I’ve never want our home to feel unapproachable. I want it to be well designed, but I want it to, even more, feel homey. I know that neutral color palettes and modern design can feel stark, so I want to be really mindful of scale - larger furniture can help with this, as long as it’s not TOO large. I want to be mindful of texture, using rugs, blankets, pillows, billowy curtains, and even 3-d wall hangings. And I think turning towards slightly warmer neutrals will help with that too. Adding wood accents and some leather here and there would help a lot in cozy-ing up a space.
Functional. Clean. Comfortable. That’s what we need and that’s what we’re going for. I’m curious – what 3 words would you use to define your style or your space? How do you focus your design towards those ideas?