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Ever find yourself at a dead-end trying to design a space? It’s a common thing, no worries. One good way to help inspire yourself is to step into your closet. Go pull out your favorite outfit. The one that fills you with confidence, makes you feel absolutely yourself. That’s your style. Your style applies to design too.
—Side note: If you don’t have a full outfit you’re willing to dress your space in: don’t panic. Pick out your favorite pieces. Belt, blouse, dress, ring, whatever. Find your common elements. You tend to keep picking pieces with lots of detail, lots of color? You love black and white? You’re very comfort-oriented? Find your main squeeze and go forth.—
I’ve made a sample collage here. This girl (let’s name her Lucy) loves her black lace cocktail dress and her Christian Louboutin’s. That bracelet is her pride and joy. I’d say her style is very classic with vintage elements. She likes the bold and labels are important to her. The line and shape of a piece is just as important as the pattern for Lucy. For her dining room, I stuck with bold jewel tones with metallics. The table has sleek modern lines but is paired with a traditional chandelier.
Lucy’s dining room makes a statement, as does every piece in it. Individually and as a whole, these pieces are showstoppers. Paired with luscious raw silk draperies, a metallic painted ceiling and a dramatic patterned wallpaper, Lucy’s dress comes to life and starts hosting its’ own dinner parties.
Which well-loved outfits do you have waiting to inspire your dream home design?
As I’m writing this, C is painting the almost-final area of paneling in the den. I cannot contain the excitement, truly. I have lived in this house since I was 4 years old. The paneling in the den has been an eyesore to me since that age (Not kidding. I complained about it way back when). My mother and I have long debated the most economical and easy way to cover it and to improve this space. We finally went with paint.
The fireplace wall now features paneling painted a nice light creamy white behind the display shelves. Initially, we were worried this color would wash out the clear glass/milk glass curios that usually sit on these shelves. I must say, not the case. The white makes everything more reflective and sparkly looking (to use technical terms).
Below the chair rail, we went with a deep Prussian blue. Our biggest worry with this color was darkening the room. This room has one set of windows and they do not let in a lot of natural light, by any means. The blue definitely doesn’t drab up the space at all. The deep color brings out the rich wood tones of the moldings and gives the space a more updated feel.
More photos of the finished space are to come! I’m teeming with ideas of how to finish off this essential retreat in my childhood home.
(Sorry for photo quality. My camera hasn’t been producing the best quality stuff recently.)