How I Found My Style??? Have YOU ever thought about that question? I would LOVE to share my answer and results with you.
What would be the driving influence to my decorating style? Growing up around my grandparents and their vintage home filled with antiques, shells and comfort, my style began to be shaped. Entering their home, I felt “at home”. I have longed to create that same feeling in my own home.
Welcome to our home. I like to think of it as vintage beach cottage. Collecting and looking for items to create my Las Vegas condo into a vintage beach cottage has become a hobby and fun pastime for me.
As I shop thrift shops, I am attracted to items and accessories, like these plates that remind me of that feeling I felt in Grandma’s home.
If I find something that I like, but it isn’t quite the color I desire, paint is my favorite way to change up or bring in the vintage look I want. For instance, on my living room book shelves each one of these book ends, planter, and cloche’ were purchased in a brown color. Using turquoise mist paint, I enjoyed painting and sanding them to fit my vintage beach cottage style. Yes, the books are vintage, too.
Keeping Grandma’s vintage brooches in an apothecary jar remind me of fond memories playing dress-up in her home.
May favorite spot in our home would be our bedroom. I am blessed to have my grandparents bedroom set as my own. Using turquoise mist and antique white paint, I made over the whole bedroom set to fit the motif of a vintage beach cottage.
One of my favorite places to visit is the ocean. I could sit there for hours listening to the sounds of the waves crashing, the birds chirping, and people laughing. I collect shells and display them in our home to remind me of my ocean memories.
I like to have lots of white and blue furniture with a touch of dark wood. To me, it looks vintage, inviting, and “cottagey”.
My “girl” print has been in our home for years. And, yes, I painted the frame and the mat to fit my vintage look. Our whole family enjoys this print. We try to imagine what she is thinking and/or how she is feeling. I think she is waiting for someone she is in love with. What are your ideas as to what she is thinking?
My vintage craft cupboard is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. My friend was on her way to the dumpster with it! I know! I snatched it up and began painting it. It was a perfect piece to help me with a vintage beach cottage atmosphere.
Grandma always had watering cans that she REALLY used to take care of her flowers. I like my watering can filled with dried hydrangeas.
My white shelves in our kitchen are a fun focal point. I like to bring out my vintage milk bottles and blue Ball jars for another way to showcase my style.
Finding this vintage buffet was like the “icing on the cake” to finish my vintage beach cottage home in the desert. Yep, you guessed it, I painted it once I got it home. BUT, it has been my most challenging project to date. Finding a color and painting and re-painting it to FINALLY fit in the right space was truly a challenge.
I hope you have enjoyed how I found my style. Through my grandparent’s I learned what I like and what gives me comfort at home.
Have you thought about the question: How I Found My Style? For yourself? It’s a fun and interesting way to think about your taste and design process.
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