In a nutshell, my personal style is always evolving. I grew up with a mom who was always re-painting, re-wallpapering, or re-arranging the furniture in our home. She would rip her entry wallpaper off the walls in the middle of the night if she got an inkling to re-decorate. The house was constantly changing (for better or worse) and I like to think that is what first spawned my passion for all things design.
I also believe that different stages in my life have generated different design styles. Just as we all have those embarrassing photos of ourselves from years past that we hope no one ever digs up (the parachute pants, the big glasses, the perm- oh my!), I can't deny that I don't have those same embarrassing photos...but they happen to be of rooms. Rooms so bad that if I were Miss USA, Donald Trump would probably pull my crown if these scandalous and shocking photos were to surface. But luckily, as I've grown up, so has my style. I like to think that my style has only gotten more sophisticated over time.
I could show you a ton of pretty photos from magazines I like, but I do that on our blog every day- so instead, I thought I'd focus on how my personal style has evolved throughout my lifetime (as Lauren likes to call it- learning from "the ghosts of your design past") and how I performed quick, affordable fixes to update my bedroom on a whim and put my personal style back in check!
Exhibit A- "the college bedroom"- I am CRINGING
The "art" does not fit the scale of this room at all. The pieces are too small, hung too high above the bed- hence why they look disconnected from everything, and aren't even centered properly. The lamps are too small as well. The iron bed looked good when it was only $150- fast forward years later and it's on my "gotta replace" list. The vanity being cramped in the corner gave me no space to actually utilize this piece of furniture. The iron "bed bench" that used to be my vanity chair is not proportional to the bed at all- and all that iron makes you feel as if you were in a jail cell....which in a way, I was- a prisoner of bad design!
It was lack of extra funds that my room stayed this way for a while. But eventually I knew it was time for a room makeover- I had a VERY small budget but I needed a change and FAST.
A bedding sale at Restoration got the process started. I decided it was time to finally get rid of the floral PB look and get something more sophisticated. A new paint color was in order too. I wanted a grayed out blue/green for the walls- something soothing I could come home to.
I got shams made out of an inexpensive leopard print fabric to quickly add in some pattern to the room and tie in the border on my bedding. I found a mocha colored blanket at Crate and Barrel Outlet to break up all of the white and also purchased a circular pillow from TJ Maxx that happened to match my walls perfectly. A mirrored lamp from Wisteria and lucite photo frame (with a silhouette inside) gave the room some sparkle.