11 May 2011

Time to Decorate!

Now that I shared my negative feelings about moving, it's time to try to focus on the positive! Our new condo has some outdated aspects, but it does have a more open layout.  The walls are covered in hideous colors, but nothing a few coats of paint can't fix!  We never painted our last place, because the walls were already white, so I figured we might as well keep it neutral since we'd only be there for a couple of years.  But I'm a big believer in colors affecting your mood, and I cannot take these colors for much longer.  Also, our last place was semi-decorated, but never had that totally put-together, yet cozy, lived-in look.  After studying some interior design magazines and blogs, I've realized that what we are missing is quirky, personal touches and things like cute pillows... and photos in our still empty frames. ;)  (How embarrassing!)

I'm embarking on a quest to become more self-aware about my own style.  I've never been able to define my taste.  I tend to approach decorating the same way I approach dressing myself and designing our wedding.  Rather than making a plan or choosing a theme, I just pick things that speak to me and cross my fingers that all the elements work together for good! (Does that make me eclectic?) It's been especially fun to combine my style with Brandon's and create a combined identity for us as a married couple.  I tend to go very feminine and French country. I like neutrals with pops of color, stripes, and live plants. Brandon tends to go more traditional and kind of British.  He likes books, records, and antiques. 

Here are some images of rooms that I love and have found their way into my decorating inspiration folder:


Source: brides.com via Brianne on PinterestSource: flickr.com via Brianne on Pinterest

Just out of curiosity, as an outsider, how would you describe my aesthetic?  What is your approach to decorating?