Today I’m sharing a project for my home that didn’t involve any skill on my part …. unless you count finding awesome deals on Craigslist as a skill? I’m excited about this project because it epitomizes my style to a T! As someone who refinishes furniture professionally, I find it hard to decorate my own home in a consistent style because I’m usually creating pieces to decorate someone else’s home. With that, I tend to get distracted while I search for inspiration because social media is always shoving the latest “must have” in my face and sometimes it’s hard to appreciate other styles without feeling like they need to have a place in my home. Does anyone relate? A year ago, my house was starting to look like a thrift store … a little bit of everything.
When I started my living room built-in painting project (which I have yet to share on this blog) in January, I made a mental commitment to ignore trends and focus on what I’ve always loved. That mindset helped me make timeless choices regarding the color of our living room walls that I painted for the 5th time in 15 months, and the built-in, which I repainted out of necessity. Following trends have led to some of my biggest decorating mistakes that cost time and frustration. Thankfully, my bad decorating decisions usually don’t cost money because I resell my “mistakes” and end up net-positive.
After I repainted our living area/built-in, it was time to (re)decorate. After many months of carefully making decisions about colors and key pieces, I started to make commitments to fabrics (i.e. the expensive stuff!). For inspiration, instead of leaning on social media and blogs, I first looked around the house and asked myself what hasn’t changed in the last year? If it hasn’t changed, it’s probably because I like it and it’s working and the one room that has barely changed is my dining room. I love the neutral colors, warm wood, and functional furnishings. I love how the simplicity is dressed up with modern, glamorous touches like the sputnik chandelier, my DIY Lucite and Brass drapery rods, and the nautical looking glass. And then there’s the blue and white porcelain pieces (which are not super obvious in this photo), but they, along with a few plants, give year-round color to this space.
In addition to my house, I looked at my closet; what do I love to wear? I’m not super fashionable when it comes to clothes. I mean, I can be if I want to, but life with toddlers doesn’t call for dressing up. Ever. BUT, since I was a kid, my favorite style to wear is classic/preppy. Think: buttoned up shirts, cardigans, stripes, plaid, pleated skirts, gold belt buckles, penny loafers, the perfect navy blue blazer….etc. Adding up what I love in my home and what I would love to wear if I wasn’t wiping kid snot on my sleeve and changing diapers all day, I was able to give my personal style a name: “Classic with Touches of Modern Luxe.”
Giving a my style a name has helped me SO much! It helps me navigate the noise on social media and find the inspiration that suits me perfectly. I’ve been able to part with things I love, but don’t really fit my style. In turn, I’ve acquired things that I love now and I’ll love in 10 years. I’ve also been able to narrow down my color palette: my home’s decor will be grounded in warm neutrals, displayed in casual fabrics and natural materials. Pops of color will be mainly blue and white and a bit of green displayed in stripes, checks, florals and live plants. My signature painted statement pieces will involve glossy blue, white and brass.
These chairs are the first personal furniture makeover to come out of this design plan and there will be more to come. Here is a before photo of the chairs. They were very nice, even as-is. I paid $40 for the pair which was a steal, to me. The chinese chippendale pattern on the chair back is my favorite!
And here they are now:
The floral fabric is Schumacher’s iconic Pyne Hollyhock in Indigo. The Antique Ticking Stripe is also a Schumacher fabric. I purchased the floral as a remnant on eBay and purchased the ticking stripe directly from Schumacher. Let me tell you, friends, once you hold designer fabrics in your hand you can never go back. They are worth the splurge!
Porcelain garden seat, brass cube, and rug: Craigslist. Lamp: Homegoods.
All of my favorite things in one vignette.
From here, my next step is to order window treatments in the floral fabric.
I can’t wait to share the rest of the space.
Have a great week and thank you for reading!