by Powell Brower Home
During the last few days, Mom has covered a host of different styles. We've covered Traditional, Contemporary, Eclectic and Country. This theme could continue for weeks - getting more granular with Coastal, Vintage, Bohemian and everything in between. But that's going too far down the rabbit hole I'd like to wrap this up and talk about how all of these themes blend into personal style. Any one of these attributes can personalize your look:
Boho Chic. Vintage Modern. Modern English (no wait, that's a band). Rustic Traditional. Farmhouse Glam. Tailored Coastal. Equestrian Prep
The funny thing is, with ubiquity of blogs and the affordability the DIY scene has provided, almost all styles nowadays are collected, contrived, mixed and eclectic at some level. Craigslist and eBay makes high-style accessible. The world is adapting a varied style and we, as evolved human beings, are less likely to follow one style 'blindly'. We appreciate more, we like a variety of things and we break rules. Decorating rules can be outdated, just like the no-white after Labor Day rule! Specifically the rule about not mixing finishes or old with new. Some rules beg to be broken. Lonny did a great article on which rules to break here. One of the telltale signs of someone who is timid in design is matchy-matchy. It shows a lack of individuality to their decor.
Popular designers like Nate Berkus and Emily Henderson have made their names by popularizing a collected look on the average wo[man's] salary. Mom recently quoted a super-poignant article pointing out that America hasn't been this obsessed with decor since the 1950's. When women primped and fluffed their homes and spent their days making it suitable for receiving company. But design is more affordable and approachable than it's ever been.
We are here because we love style. We constantly hone our own style. And we appreciate the style of many different categories. We're in the midst of a movement focused on mixing old and new and the voyage to find one's personal style. This personalization movement even carries over to food. The emphasis being put on buying local and buying handmade. Even fair-trade. A deeper connection to our nourishment and surroundings and an appreciation for unique.
Part V: Updating any style
Have you ever walked into a home and thought "Oh my God, this home is decorated to the nine's. But probably about 10 years out of date." We can really appreciate the time and effort that went into feathering a nest, but everyone needs a little updating now and then.
One of the best ways to do that is by researching and implementing current color schemes.
The addition of relevant fabrics will dial up any room to current almost immediately. Pillows are the easiest thing to add!
Jewelry and accessories will always bring a simple black dress up to date like adding luxe finishes will do. Some glass tile here, new lighting or some stylish mirrors there will really play it up.
But above all else, be true to what you like when you attempt to update your home. Real Simple put out a great article about looking for a unifying theme in the things you already have and making it work.
Now that your brains are sufficiently fried - happy weekend to you all!
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