I follow a lot of bloggers – mostly via Instagram. There is nothing more enjoyable for me than a post about people’s homes. Over the past few months, I have gleaned a lot of information and style ideas from these posts. I have learned how to hone my own personal style, grabbing a bit from here, a blob from there, and most importantly – just allowing my intuition be my guide.
Not unlike fashion style, home decor style really allows you to be individualistic and do what feels good for you. I’ve come to find that my home (not to be too cliche-ish) truly has become my sanctuary; I feel happy and safe there. When I walk through my backdoor, a load of stress rolls off of me and it’s almost as if my blood pressure lowers and my sense of fight-or-flight is turned off.
As my blog title gives away, I am 38 years old. I often can’t believe that it has taken that long to be able to stop caring so much and to subsequently pin point the following ideas:
When decorating your home – just do what feels best. Like that wild paint color, use it! Adore that old movie poster, hang it up! Do candles and fairy lights ease your soul, string them around!
Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who already had this figured out. But, personally, I spent far too much time trying to make my life something it wasn’t, and my home decor was part of that. Now I just buy and display things that make me feel happy; things that I like to look at on the daily. Is my house perfect and clutter free? Absolutely not. However, I would say that 90% of stuff has a “home” and my living spaces are more orderly than not. Do I draw inspiration from others? Even sometimes purchasing the same item as some one else has displayed? Of course.
In a moment of embarrassment, I once told a friend that I was a “follower” for buying a WPA food poster. She told me ‘if you like it, that doesn’t make you a follower’, and she was right. The artwork was cool, the message was thoughtful, and my husband is a bit of a history buff so he liked it too – basically, it was perfect for our kitchen. So, I bought it and hung it with pride!
My husband and I are fairly avid antique and thrift store shoppers (it’s kind of become our thing). So, most of what we have around the house reflects that. We enjoy seeing things that are unique (minus the WPA poster) or remind us of sentimental memories from our childhoods. Every now and again, we’ll splurge on something we’ve been coveting (see the above quartet of Coronet ladies) but, for the most part – if something speaks to us, we just pick it up.
Basically, it all boils down to us liking the stuff that we have to look at on a daily basis and giving ourselves the free range to just go with the flow and put that stuff around!