We've mentioned stores like IKEA and Pottery Barn, West Elm, World Market, Home Goods lately - all favorites of ours. However...
When I see a room made up of only store bought things, I feel like they have missed the point of making a home your own. I appreciate and value custom pieces, custom draperies, custom anything. And those things vastly improve the look of a space just by being unique, feeling amazing and expressing a more personal touch. But custom comes with a price! And there are so many ways to add custom touches to store bought products to convey a designer 'look for less', like Bethany showed us here.
The many ways to make a home look custom, personal, updated, well-loved and evoking family heritage:
1. Artwork of varying types (framed under glass, paintings on canvas, drawings, photos and so much more). Bethany said she read a wonderful quote the other day : A house without art is a house without soul.
2. Personal mementoes from travel or family, antiques, heirlooms that help to tell your story.
3. Mixing in aged pieces or things with a patina with new or updated pieces.
4. Sensory experiences through candles, fresh flowers, greenery or fresh air stimulate memories of far off places or make a memory within your home.
5. A beautiful dish filled with candy or nuts, or a bar cart with varying
beverage choices is a lovely invitation to sit and chat.
6. If you've tuned in to Powell Brower Home from the beginning, we often reference our favorite BRAGG concept. A simple checklist that we like to run through when completing a space.
7. Adding custom touches to storebought or dime-a-dozen furniture or accessories, like trim, additional fabric accents, new legs, hand dipped legs, paint, nailheads and O'verlays can do wonders.
Certain rooms in a home can be designated for the custom treatment while others you can cut corners with. What point are you at in your life? Do you have all custom pieces in your home? Do you have mostly store bought? Are you at a time in your life when you've had the makeshift, lower cost version and now you're ready for custom?
Or do you get more joy making and repurposing items than buying new? We'd love to know.
Whatever your style, it all boils down to TASTE. If you have good taste, you can just about make anything work. But you just can't manufacture good taste.
That's why fashion and decorating are so intertwined. A room that evokes good taste are just like the clothes worn by someone with real style. No matter your budget or where you buy your products, taste and style go hand in hand. It's all in the eye of the beholder.
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Nancy and Bethany