Do you think your decorating style ages along with you? Decorating your home is kind of like choosing a hairstyle, if you think about it. When we’re younger, we try to get the cut that makes us look older, more sophisticated. And, as we get older, we are always trying to find styles that make us look younger and hipper.
The spiral perm—my first attempt at making myself look older when I was in the fourth grade. . . It wasn’t good.
When we bought our first house two years after we got married, I wanted to make sure our home looked grown up so I promptly went and bought the biggest matching set of furniture we could find (and afford). On the other hand, my parents have done a lot of updates in the last few years to make sure their house doesn’t look like old people live there. (It doesn’t, by the way.)
I feel like my style has grown up a little since we moved from our last house, just two and a half years ago. I think it’s easiest to see in my office. Here’s my last workspace, in case you don’t remember:
And, the office in our current house:
Our style partly grows up because our tastes naturally change along the way, but other things change, too—our circumstances, our families, even our budgets. And, hopefully, we just get smarter and make better choices (or like to think we do, anyway). I also like to think I’m better at making purchases that I’ll love long-term than I used to be. And, as with hairstyles, we hopefully become more sure of ourselves and less eager to jump on the latest decorating trend (like the time I bought a big Buddha head. . . )
I was lucky because I felt like my style was changing around the time we moved so I kind of got a fresh start (still reusing a lot of the same pieces). But, if you feel like you’re style is starting to change/grow up and you’re not sure what to do, come back tomorrow. I’m posting tips to help you start making gradual changes around your home slowly without doing a complete overhaul.
How has your decorating style grown up?
And, more importantly, did you ever get a spiral perm (with bangs)?