We’re nearing the end of another week in January already! Wow time is flying by! It’s been really cold here and the kids were out of school yesterday because of zero degree temps. We had a pajama day which was fun, but I was pretty wiped after a day with everyone here, so my free evening didn’t wind up so productive. In fact I haven’t returned to work on the basement since the weekend. There’s still time, though! I think I’ll take the laptop downstairs and put Young and the Restless on so I can catch up on this week’s episodes while I work. That’s motivation! 🙂
In the meantime, I was thinking today about how some of the decorating elements in my home have been the same or very similar for nearly twenty years. I’m a big fan of Fixer Upper on HGTV, and Chip and Jo have a commercial where she talks about timeless design. I absolutely love her style, and it’s true…the way she decorates is something I love now and would have loved years ago. I love some trends, too, but if I’m going to spend money I’d much rather do it on timeless furniture pieces and decor, and change things up occasionally with color and accessory swaps.
So that all got me thinking about how my style has or hasn’t changed, and what things or colors are constants for me. Here’s what I came up with:
Color (Namely turquoise)
- I LOVE turquoise. Turquoise, aqua, mint…my close friends and family would probably say that’s my signature color. I wear it, I have it in my home. When I wear it I’m often told it makes my blue eyes pop (which totally makes me want to wear it more!). I also consistently am drawn to reds, and especially in the spring or where I can create totally girly spaces (Read: Not “public” areas of our home that I share with the hubby. ;)), I also love various shades of pink. The colors that come-and-go for me are the trendy ones. When I was first living out of the house and the dorm and decorated a “home” for the first time, it was burgundy and hunter green. Wow. Yuck. My takeaway from that is to keep mostly neutral walls, stick with my timeless colors, and maybe incorporate trendy colors in small doses that are easily swapped out when my tastes change.
- Though the exact decor items have changed over time, I’ve had a preference for rustic, country decor for many years. I’ve gotten away from having a lot of small knick knacks and theme-y decor, but I still love red berry garlands and sprigs, distressed wood, chalkboards, and things that feel old and collected over time.
A Touch of Elegance
- Back when Trading Spaces was on tv (and my favorite. show. ever.), Vern Yip designed a room and described the style as “Rustic Elegance”. The heavens opened and the angels sang and unicorns danced on rainbows as I realized THAT was MY style!!! Since then I’ve learned not to lock myself into a style label, but that description still very much fits what I love. I love rustic with a little bit of elegance, a little bit of glamour. Lately that means gold accents, elegant fabric patterns, a little bit of shine and sparkle.