February 1, 2018
by Katy Husband
Have you ever noticed that as women start to age they seem to grow more beautiful? I believe the reason for this is the confidence that resonates from them – they know who they are, what their style is and are contented with that discovery. As our personal style continues to evolve and we grow into our ‘brand’ why then do we sometimes come unstuck when it comes to defining our interior style?
Very often I chat with people during our Coffee Dates and they are asking for advice on figuring out their personal design style. The women usually don’t like or are unhappy with their current space but aren’t too sure what to do with it, how to replace items or how to tie everything together. They are afraid to make wrong interior choices and therefore live in a state of indecision not enjoying their home at all. Over the next few months I want to work on a series ‘Finding Your Personal Design Style’.
I understand your concerns as I too have been there too! Because I have been through the same struggles (it really is a thing!), I want to start providing you with some tips and tools to use to start figuring out what YOUR STYLE is. Your style won’t necessarily match my style exactly and that is absolutely okay because your style should be personal and unique to you – Your Home Should Tell Your Story!
Can I firstly say that I am a firm believer that your home should reflect the personalities of the people who live there. I do not believe you need to adhere to a set of rules when creating your home but rather create a home that is meaningful to you. If you find something you absolutely love – then you will feel a small thrill every time you pass it by. It does not matter that the same item does not have that effect of your friends or extended family – it does for you!
Something to ponder on – What does home mean to you? What do you want to feel when you walk into your home? Do you want to be inspired or do you want to feel a sense of calm and well-being? Does this mean colour and texture or soft fragrances and greenery. Discovering what home means to you will give you the framework upon which your style can rest.
What HOME means to you can change during different stages of life. For me, when I was at home with babies and toddlers I wanted to be inspired. This included colour and fun and quirky finds on display. Now, because I am so busy working full time with the business and having a busy family of four children, the home I want to come home to is one of calmness and peace (that may sound counter-intuitive with four children!!!). This means a very neutral and easy colour palette, lovely linens and relaxed styling so that when I walk inside I feel like I can breathe deeply and loosen off the busyness of the day.
Confidence in our interior decisions comes with understanding and owning our style. The more intentional you can be with your style in creating a cohesive home will mean the avoidance of design regret and potentially expensive retail purchases.
Have fun exploring what HOME means to you!