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What brings YOU joy?

Learning to live authentically can take a lot of time. For years I denied my personal style in my home decorating, I was too easily influenced by everything out there. I stifled what I loved because I was confused and overwhelmed by all the choices. And I love everything! So how does one choose? The latest trends can be very powerful in swaying what we use in our home decor. I read every design magazine, I watched every decorating show, I loved it all! I couldn’t decide what my style was! Look around your home - does this sound familiar?

My Design Identity Crisis: Long before I went to interior design school, I would buy the wrong size curtains, the wrong color chair, or pick up a little table of a completely different style that that would be totally wrong! I was all over the place. I’d buy a little thing that felt like it was a solution to a decorating challenge but it could never solve the bigger problem. I had a serious case of Decorating Identity Crisis. I knew what I liked when I’d go to the store, but I’d want to take everything home. I would get so frustrated. I couldn’t get it all to work. It's called Decision Paralysis - look it up! In time, I learned how to figure out who I was… and what was best for my home. Creating a cohesive look that feels right, especially on a limited budget, can feel overwhelming and out of reach. But there is a way - trust me! And trust yourself!

The first step: Dig deep. Write down your top three favorite styles. Study them. Find pictures, draw pictures, do a story board. Look through decorating magazines. See how they relate. Look at each element in those styles to see what would fit in your home. What about those styles brings you happiness? What brings YOU joy?

Ask Yourself Questions: Some are obvious. Some you might not even think about. What kind of a lifestyle do you crave? Do you like the beach or the lake? What type of art do you prefer? Are you a traveler or a homebody? What colors do you lean towards? What kind of a feeling do you want in your home? Are you casual? Do you like a more formal atmosphere? Do you enjoy entertaining? Do you have little children or mostly grown? Consider your spouse's style. How can you work them together? Do you both have similar goals for how you’d like your house to look and feel? It really comes down to this: What brings you joy when you look at it? What is practical for your family? The next step after you’ve begun the process of identifying your style is to edit what you have. Be strong - edit fiercely. Remove pieces that don’t fit. Sell them, give them away, donate, or repurpose them. Purge any clutter. Get down to a clean slate. It's very energizing!

A Decorating Vision Board: One fun way to create your personal style is to use the vision board model. You may have done this to envision your life goals. But this is also an effective way to zone in on how you want your home to be. Gather together your favorite decorating magazines. Sit yourself down and clip things that immediately grab your attention and glue to a piece of poster board… and see what you come up with. After doing that for an hour or so, take a step back and look at what you collected and glued down. It will tell a story. Your story. You will see some common themes come together…and it will help to narrow your focus on your true style.

Be Patient and "Flow" with the Process: Once you've done some necessary soul searching and information gathering you can hone in on what your decorating style is. Knowing this will make any future decision much easier, and you will begin to live as your true self. And know without a doubt what brings you joy.

Take our Find Your Decorating Style Quiz HERE: https://www.timelesslivingdesigns.com/findyourstylequiz

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With Love & Gratitude,

Rachel Schemmerling

Timeless Living Designs