I know I’ve already said this a billion times in the last couple weeks, but wow moving is difficult! I’ve finally managed to get everything out of the old apartment building, but the boxes are still piled up everywhere in my new condo. I’m doing my best to put some of the boxes in storage, but unfortunately there will be boxes in my living room until July when the sistertraveller returns to take her stuff to her own place.
Even though I won’t be quite “settled” for a couple months because of all of her stuff in my loft condo, I’ve still been thinking about how I want my place to look, and the design and “feel” that I want to go for. This won’t be my home forever, but it’s a good starting place, and I will need to buy large pieces of furniture such as a couch, a bed frame, and a coffee table (I sold the former when I moved, and the sistertraveller will be whisking the latter two away when she comes back to Canada because they both belong to her). In order to help me figure out the kind of style that I want, I decided to make a list of a few different random things that I really love. A few of the things that I really love include the following:
- Cameo jewelry
- Roll-top desks
- Books, reading, and writing (I just ordered three tall bookshelves to line one section of the wall, and I have a bookcase ladder to go with it! I always wanted bookcases with a ladder :))
- Green and red (though not usually together. It makes me think too much of Christmas.)
Besides the fact that the list (especially the last three items) makes me sound like a grandmother, I still managed to get a fairly good idea of the kind of personal style that would suit me and the condo very well: classy-vintage with a Mediterranean twist!
(I don’t believe in rules when it comes to decor).
I think it’s important to know two things: 1) what your style is, or what the style you’d like to have if you weren’t living off a tight budget is, and 2) how to accommodate your living space with that particular style as best as you can. If my surroundings don’t reflect who I believe I am, I feel uncomfortable and I start to wilt. When I have clean surroundings with art on the walls, books on the shelves, and everything in their proper place (I abhor clutter), I flourish.
My new bookcases cost me an arm and a leg, but they are gorgeous and they were worth every penny. I collect scarves and art whenever I go travelling, usually from little markets where it is very reasonably priced, so I’ve already begun putting some of my artwork on the walls. The condo happens to be painted in greens and browns, which fits in nicely with my preference, and there are plenty of cupboards in the kitchen and the bathroom in which to organize all of my things so that very little needs to be left out on the counter. It makes me happy. This place, as my friend Cassie said as soon as she walked through the door, is perfect for me.
What does your style say about you? How are you incorporating it into your daily life and your living space? If you don’t know what it is quite yet, then what sort of things do you like and how could you transform those things into your own style?