I am that addicted.
Of course, I do not remodel and engage in major redecorating on a regular basis, but it is nice to dream...and tweak. Recently, I found a picture of the most gorgeous living room on Pinterest. I was so taken, I posted it on Facebook and proclaimed that, after a decade's long love affair with red, I was going white! I already have the slipcovered sofa, the beamed ceiling, the stone fireplace, white trim and light floors. I just need to paint the walls and ditch the red accessories, which is a HUGE deal for me, as I have been kind of red-obsessed for, well, a decade.
In any case, I had the "lightening things up" bug firmly stuck in my head, so much so that I started envisioning other rooms in my house void of color. I tucked away the red and put up a white lace curtain in my kitchen and bought the prettiest pink and white pastel coverlet for the foot of my bed....ok, so I needed a little color.
When I was done in my kitchen and my bedroom, I stood back to take a long hard look and you know what....
I was thoroughly disappointed.
Everything was so bland and, well, light. I like drama and bold colorful statements. I missed the punches of attention that used to command my eye. Oh, don't get me wrong, the bedding looked so pretty, dainty and I am sure that when the flowers and grass are in bloom the view outside the kitchen window would pop. However, for now, for me, eh, it just didn't do anything.
I put my green coverlet on the bed, the one I bought last year, and order was immediately restored. I guess that I am a color girl. I always have been and even though I love the look of all white and light, something in my gut will always pull me back to darker tones, the weight, power and contrast.
People ask me all the time, how do I find my style? I usually tell them that it will evolve naturally when they fill the room with items that they love. What I often neglect to mention, is that you can also define your style based on what you do not love, a lesson I am still learning.
Oh don't get me wrong, I am fully plan to go white in the living room. I can always bring my crimson pillows out in the fall and winter and add touches of green in spring and summer. They will pop against all of that white and the drama of the stone fireplace. It's all a matter of making the look work for me. After all, all white doesn't really have to mean all white.
Apparently, even in middle age, I am still defining my own style. I have just discovered that while my eye may be drawn to all sorts of pretty pictures and different types of home décor, I will always have my own unique take on things and that ok, actually its desirable.
It's what makes my house my own and the place I love to live.
What's your style?
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