Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Finding your style

I hope you've all had a wonderful summer!
 Autumn is nearly here.  It's rainy and misty outside.  My kind of weather.  I've already started to light candles in the evenings.  I love the shadows they cast and the subtle light.



A wonderful friend I've known since we were both 14 years old, is planning on moving from England to France.  What an adventure!  The minute she told me, my mind was racing with ideas for furniture, fabric finishes and light fittings and a desire to hop on the ferry and go furniture shopping at French antique fairs!

The way we live in England is entirely different to the way people live in France.  Not only is the language different, but the furnishings are different too.  What works in a home in the UK, will not necessary work in a home in France.  There are so many factors to consider.   Where do you start?

How do you determine what your style is, how do you create a space that feels 'you'?  For individuals who instinctively know what works together, this is an easy question to answer, but for people who aren't creative in this way, it's hard to know where to begin.  

The idea of decorating an entire home can be daunting for anyone, and apart from buying a pile of decorating books, I've listed a few things to bear in mind when you're moving home and want to decorate a new space.

A budget is something that most people have to work with, so I'm going to skip this bit and get on with the interesting parts...

If you have a partner/husband, is he happy to let you have free reign on decorating your space or does he want to stamp his style on your home as well?  It's important you both feel the space reflects who you are as individuals but putting mid century modern together with shabby chic is a recipe for a decorating disaster!

Collect a visual diary of photographs or magazine clippings of furniture, fabric, colours, interiors that you like. Usually we are drawn instinctively to styles which resonate with our soul, which is why our interior styles are so different and so deeply personal.

You might visit a quaint bistro and immediately 'love it'.  Think about what it is that you like about the space.  Is it the furniture, the lighting, the wall colour, what is it about the space that makes your heart skip a beat?

Take photos of what you love so you can go back and look at them in more detail.

Gradually you'll find when paging through your visual diary, that there is a common thread among the things that you love.

Are you a neat freak or more casual about putting things away, having enough storage is essential.  

Start collecting fabric samples, paint swatches,  samples of wall finishes, floor tiles, all the elements that make up a home, but if  all that sounds like too much work, just snap a photo or two and save in it in your inspiration folder.

Once you've sorted the loves from the likes, you'll start to get a sense of what style you are working towards.  It's not about following trends, it's about creating a space that is as individual as your finger print but where all the elements really do sit well together.  If you're not confident in adding a surprise element to your interior space then don't.  More importantly it's about settling on a style that you are both comfortable with, after all you have to live in it!

You can't rush decorating a home.  It needs to evolve.  Sometimes you just know when a piece of furniture will work and you can buy it immediately, other times you have to wait until the right piece comes along.    A  well thought out space can be choreographed without being uptight and too pretentious.   A great space is one where everything looks like it belongs there, it's inviting you to sit down and never leave...






an ethnic vibe with pieces that work


elegant browns 


dark and sultry

 quiet and restrained palette


Once you've got the bones right, you need to accessorize and that's the fun part.  Add books, lamps, candles, throws, cushions, flowers, art work and interesting pieces collected on your travels.

Soon you'll have a space that's uniquely you, layered with personality and inviting everyone to stay...


Have a great week!
Sharon
xxx

14 comments:

  1. It must be so exciting for your friend moving to France. There are some great tips here.
    Sarah x

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  2. Create a new space, living abroad seems like something very exciting! Discover new habits and styles and search your own way to be..is really so intriguing ! The budget certainly can help or limit things but your photos are truly to die for!
    Thank you, although I don't move I got a great inspiration Sharon!

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    1. Hi Olympia, I think the budget stops most people in their tracks, but one is able to do amazing things even within a tight budget! Happy week for you! Sharon x

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  3. Sharon, gostei muito do post...para mim, independente de estilo, personalidade e funcionalidade são os elementos mais importantes da decoração.
    Bjo e ótimo dia para você.
    Sílvia

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    1. Hi Silvia, I agree, it has to be functional and practical as well as looking great! Hugs x

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  4. I totally agree with you about your style evolving - I think we need to live in houses before we begin to change things. You have a great eye for style, colour and texture. These rooms are stunning! Light always plays a huge role. I love places like Norfolk and Cornwall where colours look quite different to my woodlands abode. Enjoy Autumn - it's my season too. Minerva x

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    1. Thanks Minerva, I agree one can't look at a photograph in Cornwall and duplicate it here where the light is different, you have to take your micro climate into consideration. hugs x

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  5. Sharon,

    Belas imagens. Decorar a casa é uma delicia, principalmente quando conseguimos imprimir nosso gosto, nosso sentimento e sensações por aquele lugar onde iremos viver e desfrutar de bons momentos, seja com nossa família, ou com nossos amigos. Bela postagem.

    Um abraço
    Denise - dojeitode.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog Denise. Hugs x

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  6. I really enjoyed all of your points, thank you for them. I have found them all to be true. I would love to see more of your home. I find that seeing someone's home tells me a lot about them.

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  7. Sharon such a great post and so true! A home has to evolve! I believe it is a living thing that can constantly change as well! Love your tips for moving and decorating ... you should write a book! It is spring here down under and we are already really hot with 35 degree days! YIKES! I still light candles at dinner time though as it is so beautiful having candlelight everywhere!
    have a wonderful Sunday
    xx Frances

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    1. Hi Frances, it's a long time since I've lived in such a warm climate, not sure I could cope anymore! Candles are magical aren't they, they just create such wonderful atmosphere, no matter how simple and plain the interior. Have a great week in the sunshine! hugs x

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