Define Your Style

What does it mean to define your style?  Think of it as giving your home an identity.  It's not easy to do, at first.  But once you get it down... I promise you - it will make your (decor) life so much easier!

Now, you have given yourself a very clear path on which to drive on.  No longer are you taking a road trip, unaware of where you're going.  Once you define your style - think of it as if you are on the 10 freeway and you're not getting off at a rest stop or a McDonald's because you know exactly where you're going and will not be detoured.  Therefore, when you go into decor stores, you can look and admire things but know what you will and won't buy because it either fits or doesn't fit your "defined style."

I define my style as "Desert Cottage"... what in the world does that mean?  It means I live in the desert but I like to decorate differently than most people here.  I don't do Tuscan, or Southwestern or Contemporary, which are common themes here.  I appreciate Antique/Farm House looks and I grew up on the beach so I like the light, airy, not too formal, "loved in" look!  But desert to me also means bringing in some browns... for some reason dark brown reminds me more of desert than light brown.  Light brown implies beach town - to me.  My main home colors are very basic: white, dark brown, black.  I like to bring in color on a seasonal basis.  Summer = turquoise, Fall = orange, Christmas = red, New Year sticks to neutral colors, Spring = pink/pastels.  I also bring in lot of colors to the kids rooms.

So how do you mix all the above?  Carefully. And slowly.  I take my time with decorating so I get it right.  I do get it wrong sometimes and that's okay.  Things are returnable or, if not, there's always another use for it.  In fact, that's one of my mantras:  if it doesn't go there - it can go here.  I like to find unexpected things in places.

Here are some small examples of what I call "Desert Cottage."
I love windows as "art" ... I particularly like putting fabric behind the glass.


There are always places or "nooks" that you need to do something with... you can make them functional or more visual.  This is much more the latter... but it fills the space nicely and gives it purpose


This is an old stool with some new fabric on it.  I love old stools like this in corners that have no room for anything else... again giving the space a small purpose while enhancing the "Desert Cottage" style of my home.


This is another little enclave in our house... there are many of them!  It's clear that I love old window treatments on my walls and shudders are no exception.  I also like the vibrant color of this shudder.  Not too much but just enough!  It's a little surprise people see as they walk down our hallway.


Everyone knows painted furniture screams cottage.  I love to paint furniture... not all of it but some.  White is usually my preference.  This is our "kitchen dining table"and I love the "art" on the wall behind it.  They're just old grates but so pretty! 





Now, keep in mind... these are just little "vignettes," if you will, of my style.  The decorating and remodeling continues.  It will NEVER end.  In fact you can see our old bar in the above painted kitchen table picture in the background.  This has been updated and it really is one of my FAVORITE projects in those house that we've done so far.  To check it out, click HERE ... it's a Do-it Yourself Wine Box Bar Front and it's pretty special!

Here's another fun one: DIY Window Screen = A Picture Frame! See that project HERE ... finally one of my popular posts ever is this Picket Fence Headboard - see it HERE.  I'm having so much fun doing all of this... I hope you are too!

Now go get your Defined Style ON!