I think it’s interesting that the way you approach decorating can so often be seen in the style of the room itself.
There have definitely been times when decorating our house that I’ve been really stumped. The room wasn’t coming together, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what I needed to do to make it better. (It’s always harder when it’s your own house, isn’t it?) I’ve even considered asking another designer to help by creating a plan for the room. But, I never have.
I don’t think there is one thing wrong with making a plan from the start, and executing it down to the last detail. But, I’ve come to realize that my personal style has changed over time. I used to be so attracted to homes where everything is well-planned, so thought-out, put together, and coordinated.
Better Homes & Gardens
But, lately, I’m more and more drawn to rooms that seem decorated “on a whim.” Rooms where no chairs match, where there’s not perfect symmetry, where accessories are collected—not just placed for the sake of filling a spot. Rooms that aren’t necessarily cluttered, but are layered with memories and things that have special meaning. Rooms that look effortless, even if they weren’t.
Isn’t that why we all loved the house in It’s Complicated so much?
I’m sure most of these images were styled to give off a carefree vibe, but either way, they come across as relaxed (to me, at least).
I wouldn’t say my house is quite there, yet. But, that’s my goal going forward. . . Yes, I’m planning to make things look more unplanned around here :)
What’s your approach to decorating?
Do you prefer to start with a plan and stick to it?
Or, are you more of an “on a whim” kind of girl (or guy)?