Who loves to peruse the magazine section at the local Barnes & Noble?
They have such an amazing array of magazines on home decor.
You’ll find all kinds of decorating styles…. cottage, country, modern, traditional, romantic, and so on.
What is your style?
When I got married I began decorating my home in an early American style with a nod toward primitive.
We even built a 1620′s style New England saltbox.
I started out as a purist.
But, then I inherited my mother’s parents’ bedroom furniture. Two dressers and a sleigh bed. No…they weren’t early American primitives…but I worked with them.
Later I inherited my other grandmother’s chairs with the claw feet. Then there was the sewing rocker that was passed on to me.
I no longer live in my saltbox.
I still have Shaker chairs, early American tables, and furniture from the early 1900′s, and every decade from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.
My style would now be considered a collected style. I like it.
A few years ago, it would have really bugged me to have had such a mixed-up hodge-podge of furniture.
Today, I embrace it.
It may be because I’m a bit of a sentimentalist. Or maybe it’s because in reality, I am not a purist.
I think that besides having an appreciation for the art of various styles, each of my pieces have a story. The story may just be how I discovered that chair along the side of the road and gave it new life. Or it may be that my grandmother gave birth to her children on that bed.
Don’t waste your time looking for your style.
The truth is you already have it, you may just need to create more
in order to see it. - Promise Tangeman
Isn’t that a great quote?
You see, some time ago, I was all bound up feeling like I wasn’t true to “a” style, because I took in all the “strays” with a story.
It was only a few years ago that that I finally realized I had a style.
And other people liked my style.
All I really needed to do was to take what I had and enjoy the creative process of arranging, and fluffing, and creating.
In the end, I discovered my style.
I discovered that it was comfortable.
I discovered that when people came to my home they found peace.
Yup. I’m now more content with my collected style than a “purist” style from any era.
Promise was right. We sure can waste a lot of time trying to find our style when we already have it.
What is your style? Do you know?
Did this bit of wandering help you realize something about your style?
What does all this have to do with #InspiredFallNesting?
Wherever you look this time of year…Pinterest…blogs…magazines…there are tons of ideas for giving your home a comfy or dramatic fall look. Don’t think for a moment that you need to make your home look like any of those photos.
I love making my home cozy for the “inside” half of the year. I truly enjoy fluffing for Fall and Thanksgiving.
I’ve learned that it’s my opportunity to be creative. And when I get creative with my home I discover more and more about my style and it evolves to be like me.
Did you catch that? It evolves to be like me. Not like you. Not like Country Living or Traditional Home magazines.
I hope all of this was freeing for you.
Quit striving and start enjoying.
Quit comparing and start creating.
Be that extraordinary YOU!!
Now when I ask, “What is your style?” What’s your answer?
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