August 9, 2013

New Direction + Eye Candy

There’s been a whole lot of talk lately about which pieces in our home I’m no longer loving, but I’ve yet to say much about the new direction we’re hoping to head in. For starters, I have no intentions of nailing down our style into one particular category. I’m still exploring just what it is that I’m drawn to, so to assign myself anything super specific, even just as a guideline, seems counterproductive. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I’m all across the board anyway.

A few of you have been asking what exactly triggered this shift in styles, or realization rather. It may just all be part of my style evolving, but I think a few other things played a part. Taking a slight step back from blogging, as well as putting mood board designs on hold, has been a tremendous help in rediscovering my style.

As a blogger, it’s really easy to get swept up in all the inspiration oozing from the interwebs. Not only do I look to other bloggers for inspiration, but I’ve developed relationships with many and have grown to genuinely care about what they’re working on. In other words, it’s hard to step away. And sometimes, discovering “you” means cutting yourself off from all else.

Mood boards came with any entirely new level of baggage. I found myself surrounded with the styles of my clients on a day to day basis. And of course, since I’m creating these designs, it’s natural for me to love them as well. And so the struggle began to separate what I loved for others and what I actually love for me. That’s a hard one to explain, but I’d think anyone in the creative field could probably relate to some degree.

Now that we have a little background info, the rest of this post is pretty much just going to be a smorgasbord of all the rooms that inspire me. Of course, there are probably thousands of spaces that I find inspiring in one way or another, but these designs, these designs are it for me.

We’ll start with my NUMBER ONE design crush, a very recent makeover. Bri Emery’s living space, designed by Emily Henderson.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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It’s really no surprise. I’ve been in awe of Emily’s work for quite some time, but there was still always something a bit out of my comfort zone in each of her designs. But this room. Ohhh this room. No space has influenced me like this. In no room have I ever loved every single piece, every  single accessory, everything down to the tiniest of details as I do this one. I could honestly live in this room. Which says A LOT from a gal as particular as I am.

 Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Bright and airy, daring color choices, mid century modern furniture, quirky vintage accessories, texture galore, live greenery, and.. well, everything else.

Emily shared this design around the time that I was searching for my own style sense, so you could definitely say that finding something I loved so much probably helped in pushing me to reevaluate my own choices.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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Once I began to realize just how much my style was changing, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and sort of “study” a few of my Pinterest boards. Turns out, I really haven’t changed a whole lot, I was just evaluating myself in the wrong way. Basically, I knew what I loved, but I didn’t know specifically why. Hopefully that makes sense.

You’ll notice plenty of similarities in these next spaces, which is ironic, since many of them date back at least two years. If only I could have seen this :) Live and learn.

Space # 2

Designed by Julianne Moore | Domino Magazine

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Texture, texture, texture, bold sofa, mid century accents, live plants, vintage rug.

Space # 3

Yellow & Seafoam Green Color Combo

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Color, mid century lighting, live plants. (are we sensing a theme here yet?)

Space # 4

Katie Rodgers Workspace | The Glitter Guide

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Shades of pink (I want you), quirky accessories, pops of yellow and gold, mid century seating, overall feels collected, daring and vibrant.

Space # 5

honey and fizz: My home in Adore Magazine!

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- PINK and yellow, bright and airy, black and white patterns, vibrant, layers.

Space # 6

Leather Sofa | Freedom Furniture

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Caramel leather, texture, kilim rug, vintage-inspired lighting.

Space # 7

 Amber Interior Design

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Kilim Rug, vibrant colors, mid century furniture, texture, fun pendant light, rustic table.

Space # 8

Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- bold tufted sofa, rustic, mid century

 Space # 9

House of Fifty

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Funky lighting, pops of color.

Space # 10

 Glencoe Avenue Residence by Daleet Spector Design

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Mid century furniture, open and airy, bold color choices, super fun accessories.

Space # 11

 THE PATEL’S | Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Umm, every detail. Spot on.

Space # 12

 Navajo Rug

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Texture, navajo rug, mid century furniture.

Space # 13

 Happy Corner in the Czech Republic

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- bold sofa, mid century.. you get the point

So, there you have it. My top 13. I’ll be pulling inspiration from these spaces for our redesign, and for the most part, just going with my gut :) Wish me luck!

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14 thoughts on “New Direction + Eye Candy

  1. Megan @ The Brick Bungalow

    Number 11 has me at the dark wall. I’ve been crushing on dark walls for awhile and I’ve always been a giant fan of black and white together (anything high contrast) but I have yet to find where I can put it in my house. I also love bright, open, light spaces because I had been living in a dark house (before I painted various colors of trim bright white and toned down many walls). So I’m all over the place sometimes. However, I still love the dark teal in my hallway paired with the white trim and other lighter rooms that branch off it. But that dark charcoal….if I had a man cave or our basement was ready for a remodel, one wall at least would be going dark! And that teal rug with it too? YES PLEASE! I’ve been in love with one similar to it on Joss and Main that keeps popping up in various collections and I’m about to buy it even though I don’t need it right now (although I have the perfect spot for it!).

    Good luck as you continue to find your inspiration and figure out what you want to do. I think it’s hard to pin point exact styles and label yourself as this or that. I always wonder how some people can do that because I know I can’t. I love lots of things and can be very particular about others.

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  2. Kelsey // It Takes Two

    “what I loved for others and what I actually love for me” — Yes! Yes! I have had a blog post with that exact title saved as a draft for a year now. I ran into that feeling a lot when wedding planning, and now it’s tenfold when trying to reno/decorate our house. It’s hard to explain to a lot of people, so I’m glad to see there’s someone else out there who understands :) There are so many styles that I love and appreciate that it’s hard to narrow down and figure out what I actually want to live with day in and day out. I think it’s okay to make mistakes along the way, and sometimes that’s the only way to truly figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

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  3. Kathryn

    I am totally with you! This is the style I’m most drawn to as well. Kind of an eclectic, vibrant, personalized feel! I’m just not as brave as you are (and my husband would not be nearly as understanding as yours if I decided to switch out everything! haha)

    I think you need to start with a blue sofa!

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  4. Melissa

    Oh My Gosh! I am so excited to see this post today! I have been struggling to find my style, and it seems that my most recent Pinterest pins have been the same as these pictures I am seeing here! I cannot wait to see how your home evolves.

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  5. Laurie Beelen Landry

    You’ve got me hooked on space 8 and 9.
    The rustic wood coffee table on that rug with that color sofa, oh my!
    The colors and the casualness of the dining room in 9 have me swooning.
    You’ve just gotta do what you love and be true to your self.

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  6. Charlotte

    Hi there, I know exactly where you are coming from that is about finding your own style. However, I am on the “handy me down” boat currently so I have to work my style around what used to be someone else’s style. Oh well, that’s what happens… especially when GM decides to close down how many plants. Bills vs. home decor. But, I have wanted to ask you for a while now about the picture in your living room. Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You. I had been wondering where you found that. However, I saw in an earlier post it was going to end up with a big red x and possibly headed to Craigslist. If you have not already sold that I would love possibly buy that from you. I live just up the road from you either 71 or 75 whichever is convenient. It would be perfect in my youngest’s room. :)

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  7. jessvii

    My heart goes out to you. It is so easy to get swept up in what other people are doing (e.g. on Pinterest, Etsy, the blogosphere, etc.).

    It is also incredibly hard to be objective and unbiased when you’re trying to find your own style. It’s so much easier to say “I like this, this and this” than to know why you like it. I’m looking forward to receiving more updates about how your process is going.

    Recently, I had a friend of mine look at my Pinterest boards and then tell me what common threads he saw. And guess what? He noticed some recurring themes in my Pinterest boards that I actually don’t want in my home (perhaps those items are just phases and not things I want to own for the next 5 years). Then other things he noticed were things I already knew I liked, but I didn’t realize just how much I like them. So, those are things I’m going to consciously try to include more of in my home from now on. I definitely learned something by taking a step back and having someone else provide a fresh perspective – a fresh set of eyes.

    Also, and this is something that I don’t think you’ve touched on yet, which is that “place” is so important. I love Emily Henderson’s designs too. However, when I look at photos of her rooms, I can kind of tell that they’re taken in California. The light is different and brighter out there. Plants seem to grow inside so easily there. And, of course, it works – I totally crush on EH’s designs. I just know that those ideas wouldn’t necessarily translate into my own home.

    It’s important to tailor your expectations to the site of your home and pay attention to what you can see outside your own windows (which is incredibly nice given your recent highly successful front yard redo), the quality of light in your neighborhood, and the availability of various items in your area. For example, the availability of flea market finds (or anything mid-century) that I can actually afford in my area is almost non-existent. So, I guess what I’m trying to say here is to remember to think really big – really zoom out and see the big, big picture. And, of course, good luck!!

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  8. Geri

    Woo to the hoo!!! So pleased that you’re following your own direction. If I see any more ikat or chevron,mI might go a little batty. Looking forward to seeing your transformations.

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  9. [email protected]

    Love Numbers 10,11 and 12. Especially the colors and the mid century mod look

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  10. Hallie@ChasingHallie

    We have a lot of mid century furniture in our house and I absolutely LOVE it but I am constantly trying to find out how to best pair it with a more eclectic and sometimes rustic style. This direction is dead on. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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  11. Shannon

    Have you ever checked out the online auction ebth here in Cincinnati? They always have interesting estate sales that you can preview in person before hand. They often show mid century modern pieces, depending on the estate. There is a current one going on in mt. Adams that is a mid century bonanza that made me think of you!

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