Today, I’m really excited to be sharing my signature style with you, along with 21 other bloggers over the course of this week.
This whole concept was the brainchild of Carrie from Making Lemonade and we love her for it.
My style is one of my favorite things to talk about, because well, I do like to talk a lot, but most of all, I want you to see that you don’t have to go by the textbook when decorating – be a freak.
Oh, and we are having a BIG Signature Style giveaway on Friday – don’t miss it!
If you are hopping over from Ciburbanity, welcome! And if you aren’t hopping over from there, be sure to check out Charlotte’s beautiful signature style after you leave here!
It has taken me a long time to truly find my signature style.
A really really long time.
In my former life, my home was Shabby Chic to the core. Chippy white furniture, light greens and pinks, even little teacups and saucers as decoration.
Those of you that follow my blog regularly can pick your jaws up off the floor now.
I know its hard to believe that my style was once so different.
But ya know what?
That style wasn’t really me.
Nor was the strictly modern or cottage-y look or anything else that I tried after shabby chic.
None of them were really me.
Last year, I found myself mixing vintage, modern, and rustic elements.
And shockingly, it worked.
And I loved it.
And it was me.
Oh, and it was Grunt Labor too.
I guess it’s kind of important that he like the style of our home too.
So I did what anyone with do with something they loved –
I ran with it.
In my home, in every room, you can usually find vintage, modern, and rustic elements.
I find that living rooms are one of the hardest spaces to decorate. I think I over-analyze it way too much. When I finally quit overanalyzing, I realized that I really love our living room.
Well, I would like some new curtains in there, but its not like those are just throwing the whole space off.
The vintage items like the black chair and brown ottoman work perfectly together right alongside the modern gold side table and rustic antlers on the wall.
I really have no idea how or why they work so well together – I’m not a professional decorator, so maybe you shouldn’t listen to me, but my motto is “If its pleasing to your eye and you love it, then its beautiful.”
Let your own freak flag fly, y’all.
My kitchen also has a nice mix of all three styles.
But….just because my style is vintage-modern-rustic doesn’t mean that every space is equally vintage-modern-rustic.
Let’s face it, my guest bedroom and office combo is very much more modern and vintage than rustic.
So sue me.
Once more, fly your freak flag.
And once you see my bathroom makeover next week, you will definitely know that Grunt Labor never sets foot in there. Its most definitely more modern with a touch of vintage and glam.
The master bedroom is also more modern and vintage than rustic. It even has some chic and traditional elements thrown in.
The bottom line is, and if you really read this post you should know what I’m about to say,
Fly Your Own Freak Flag
Yep, you’re welcome for that last photo.
If you are into Vintage -Modern-Rustic decor, here are some of my favorite picks as well as some items that I think work well for any decor:
1. The Classic Ghost Chair – This chair has a great modern and vintage vibe and can seriously work in a plethora of spaces and in just about any decor style. You can see how I use this chair three different ways here. Its also only $89. Pretty sweet deal for such a multi-tasking chair.
2. My go-to fabric is this black and white striped one. Its around $10 a yard, goes with any decor and color, and won’t easily date. If you are worried about the white getting stained, you can use my tutorial here to find out how to waterproof and repel stains on your fabric. Trust me, I feel ya, I’ve got a two year old circus that wreaks havoc around here.
3. So basically, I’m just 100% in love with this mirror. I don’t have it, but I want it. Bad. I think mirrors can just make any space look better and I always tend to lean toward round ones.
5. Cowhide decor isn’t just decorative for me – its sentimental, which I’m aware sounds really weird when you are talking about cowhides. My pap was a cattle farmer and pieces like this rug are a little nod to him. I don’t have a real cowhide of my own – yet. However, I did make my own DIY version of a cowhide rug here and a Pottery Barn knockoff cowhide lampshade here.
6. There’s a special place in my heart for lucite as well. Ok, not really, I just really love it. Pieces like this Kate Spade letter tray kind of make me drool. Lucite can be pretty expensive though, so I found a way to knock-off lucite trays here.
7. I am a southern girl. My southern belle title may be quite a bit tarnished, ok, it really got revoked, but my love of the south has never wavered. And in my opinion monograms and the south just go hand in hand. This monogram print hangs on my southern girl’s gallery wall.
8. Miller High Life – The Champagne of Beers. Ok, this is not crucial to decorating (well, it is for me, but not everyone), but it really helps to foster those genius decorating ideas – as well as great writing. No, of course I’m not having one right now.
Ok dearies, off to the next stop on this Signature Style Train >>> Life on Virginia Street
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