I've had this post in my draft file since October from when Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours asked me to be a part of her How I Found My Style series. I thought I would post it here in case any of you missed it over at Pamela's blog. I hope you enjoy seeing our home and reading how I found my style and some of my favorite finds.
It's difficult to narrow down one particular style for my home because I love so many! From cottage to farmhouse, rustic to industrial, and a few bits of nature thrown in, I have touches of it all in my house. If something speaks to me, I buy it and make it work.
I'm particularly drawn to white, wood tones and metal. You'll also notice I love collections of things! There's just something so fun about a grouping of like items and I've got them all over my home!
Most of my finds come from thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales and antique stores. I'm patient about things on my home wish-list and usually find them for really great prices. I splurge here and there, but it doesn't take a fortunate to make your home look beautiful.
I grew up in a family of vintage lovers who decorated with time worn treasures. It took me until I reached my early twenties to fully appreciate the beauty in the old and the history held in each piece. I've been collecting ever since. With the discovery of blogs several years ago and now Pinterest, I've slowly, over the last couple of years, truly recognized the styles and things I love.
I used to decorate with lots of color and while I still love and appreciate color, I have realized a white and monochromatic palette work so much better in our home. It makes our house feel bright, clean and soothing.
My style will continue to change and evolve, but at the core of it all - white, neutrals, and woods - I have incorporated items into our home that will work well with anything.
There are so many pieces I treasure in my home. I have a booth at an antique store, so I shop and buy things... A LOT. And I know, seeing all the collections around my home it looks like I keep more than I sell, but I'm pretty selective and sentimental about what stays. I don't think I could pick out one single item I treasure the most, but I can tell you my favorite things belonged to my grandparents.
Ironstone pieces, a sewing sampler, a rusty scale from my grandfather's barn, a hand mirror on my bedroom dresser, the deacon's bench in the living room, and one of the tractor funnels we turned into a light are just some of the many pieces from them that I will treasure always.
Decorating has been a learning process for me. We have been slowly redoing our home room by room, so it's still a work in progress. This has given me time to think about and find exactly what I want to fill each space with. It took me a year to acquire everything for my son's industrial style room! When I needed inspiration I turned to blogs and Pinterest. Learn what you love, follow your instincts, take risks and have fun. And most of all, surround yourself with the things that make YOU happy!!
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