For the longest time, I never really knew my style.
I like old, new, modern, vintage, and country. Throw in touches of white paint and I’m a shabby hodge-podge of style. My decor ends up looking more like a community yard sale than a well-thought collection of things that reflect my personality, but for girls like me, it’s hard to nail down just one style and it’s even more difficult to put words to that style.
With a limited budget and a collection of hand-me-downs, I’ve managed to create spaces I like, spaces that work for us as a family and fill a need. The problem is before long, I start falling out of love with my design, decor, and in general, my stuff. That’s because it’s not really me.
Maybe you have this problem too.
Now I love hand-me-downs and I stop for yard-sales, but by defining my style, I can become more choosy about what I buy or which items I thankfully accept. Hopefully the result will be me loving my things, my designs, my spaces, my home.
Enter Pinterest, or Pin-Terrorist as my husband fondly calls it.
I began pinning images I love, clicking through, reading the articles attached to the pins, and then pinning yet more images. My “Home” category filled up and I had to create new pin boards for each room. Then someone left me a comment on one of my pins. She said, “I knew this was your pin before I even saw your name.”
That blew me away. What? Wait, how did you know it was my pin?
She told me she could tell because I like colorful spaces with bold graphics and patterns. And, I love a gallery wall.
- Vintage Revivals
- The House of Belonging
- Oh Joy
- Kitchen with Pink Tree – Can’t find the link…so sorry.
- SF Girl by Bay
That’s exactly what I like!
It was my light-bulb moment. It didn’t matter if it was brand new, vintage, farmhouse, modern, shabby, or chic. It just had to work together to form a bright space with graphic prints, lots of color and patterns, and probably a gallery wall.
I can do that.
It’s so simple, a little silly even, but it’s quite freeing to be able to define your style. Now I understand why there are places in my home I’ve never truly loved. They just don’t fit my style.
I finally have a style.
Thank you Pinterest.
Find Your Style
Get thyself on Pinterest.
Yes, it’s a time suck, but there are worse ways to spend your time. It’s just so pretty, all unicorns and rainbows and glitter.
Pin what you love.
Pin images you’re instantly attracted to.
Pin for you.
Don’t pin something because it’s popular or because you think that should be your style or because you kinda like it. *Refer to previous step*
Don’t over-think it.
If you’re like me, you can probably talk yourself out of liking just about anything. Stop the brain chatter. Follow your gut on this one. If you’re drawn to a space, pin it. You can always delete it.
Pinterest photos are great. I love them, but they are just a snapshot. If you want to see the big picture, and of course you really do, click through.
I paid attention to what I really liked when I worked on my home office/play room. Out of all the spaces in my home, I really feel like this room reflects me. I love being in there, even though the space isn’t 100% complete. I’m not done painting and I don’t have enough light, but the room is me and I like it a lot.
And that is how Pinterest helped me find my style.
Have you defined your style?
What style elements do you love or what designs draw you in? Is it color, texture, white space….????
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Some spaces in my home…
The Recycled Kitchen – DIY Renovation on a Tight Budget, My Living Room’s New Look – From Paneling and Green Shag to Fresh Paint and Built in Bookcases, The Great Bathroom Transformation with Before & Afters
My style is very similar so I’m excited to poke around your blog, and am your newest follower on Bloglovin, well maybe not newest, how could I know that, but very recent. I have those two living rooms pinned too! I love your humor and plan on sticking around.
I love that about pinterest! I’m like you, in that I like a wide array of different styles… so I call my style eclectic. 😉
Krista @thehappyhousie says
Great tips Tricia- I love finding those spaces that grab you in the gut- it is so exciting! (okay, I’m a geek).
I loved this post. It’s true – if you look back over all of the things that you pin under decor` or home or decorating, a theme definitely begins to emerge. I love how Pinterest allows you to see that. And, I choose to still love you even thought you included something about horses AND a horseshoe in your office/playroom. Who says love can’t conquer all? 😉
It is like yesteryear when women would look over their
dog earred Sears catalogues and wish they could decorate with the beautiful stuff they saw in it! Not saying I ever did that because I am much too young!
I’m in the process of doing the same thing, but for my clothes. I can’t figure out how to dress like the adult I want to be. So I pin clothing that I like, and before I go shopping, I peruse my board to see what I’m actually looking to add to my wardrobe!