[quote type=”center”] If ever there was a time to celebrate your personal style, that moment is now.[/quote]
…so begins the editor’s column in Living Etc’s June 2011 issue. And why is this new (and yet old and always existing) home decor paradigm so great? Because personal style is inclusive, manifold and rule-free. No one can say that someone else’s personal style is wrong. Ugly, possibly, but then again we all know taste differs; there are different strokes for different folks. In decorating freely, personally, creativity is truly a locomotive. When I feel uninspired and dull, creative pictures & persons are the very best stimulus. I enjoy house tours, and most often, I’ve noticed, the ones that deals with variations of “style on a budget”, like this luxury home on a budget or like this one below via Hus & Hem:
Often these tours comes with some thoughts. People explaining their choices and sharing their views. As much as I respect the knowhow and downright brain physics of decorating guides like Decorate, people’s own thoughts always tend to make more sense. Here’s some thoughts from the habitants/decorators of the lovely homey home above:
t hey collect things they are fond of. Basically their theme is a desire to mix anything and everything – and let the odd piece stand out. It is about daring to combine freely.
t hey haven’t bought everything in one store. By shopping at flea markets, second-hand stores, online auctions, etcetera it gets inevitably personal – and the interiors may emerge gradually. In addition, you must not use everything you buy or own at once. These people have in their attic storage a stock of furniture and stuff, of which they can pick when the urge takes them there.
t heir mix of different styles was not carefully planned, layed-out and calculated, but there are some thoughts behind it. For example, that the old and worn comes out better if allowed to stand in contrast to something new. Therefore, they combined the second-hand sofas with a brand new minimalist coffee table.
Tada! That was nice, I think :P In the last 24 hours I’ve actually done two pretty creative and very budget-friendly decor projects. I’ve fantasized on how to spice up grandma’s old kitchen sofa, which I have already painted, by replacing the seat cover. I cut and pasted different fabrics together (on the computer) and ordered a bunch of cloths. Design: ready (and as always: result very unpredictable :)) Secondly, I got stuck swooning over some lovely bedroom designs at design-vox and suddenly got the idea I should remove the legs from my bed (!) Or our bed, Mike was actually already lying in it, not asleep, mind you! although it was passed midnight he helped me lift it up and a few minutes later the traditional IKEA-style bed (or mattress with legs) looked like a japanese design dream…The whole room swayed and the atmosphere was one step more relaxed.:) Pics later!
And hey, check out estate agent Fantastic Frank‘s creative styling – new house out today! Happy Friday!