I love a guided project where I feel like I am somewhat accountable to finish assignments. Sort of like school, but even more fun because it is something you have chosen to do. One of my favorite websites, ApartmentTherapy, has an annual fall tradition called the Style Cure. They give you around 22 assignments over a month’s time to guide you in finding your personal style and then making over a room in your home. As long as you don’t tear down walls or anything that drastic, the assignments are pretty doable in evening or weekend timeframes. Sign Me Up!
As an interior designer, one of my favorite jobs is helping people discover their own style and then recreate it in their homes (hence the name, Uniquely You). The Style Cure has you interview yourself for the first assignment. Their questions are interesting and useful, so check out their site if you are inspired. The first question I typically ask people is how they want their home to feel. It may be your cozy sanctuary from a crazy work day, the neighborhood hangout or even a live/work type of environment where you crave a little distinction between the two. Most people see (or would like to see) their homes as a place where they can restore and re-energize themselves after a stressful day.
The next step in finding your personal style deals with putting images and colors to the feeling you want to create in your home. For example, how you visualize a cozy sanctuary might be completely different from someone else’s vision. One person might like warm dark earth-tones, while another might prefer cool and light beachy colors. I have people gather images that they really enjoy and jot down a note or two about why they like the particular image. You will soon notice some commonalities, whether it be references to nature, a particular color or possibly a style of furniture you prefer. If you share your space with others, have them choose some images also, and then work toward emphasizing common interests.
After gathering images and studying them for awhile you should have a much better idea about what you like and don’t like. My husband and I both like a simple combo of midcentury and Scandinavian style with neutral bases and pops of color.
This is a good time to take a cue from the Style Cure interview and choose three words that describe your personal style. You might feel like this is an unnecessary step, but putting your style into words will help you focus. When you are out shopping for accessories and become overwhelmed with all the options, reminding yourself of your three words can help eliminate some of the decisions.
I have decided to work on our bedroom for the Style Cure. I have done a lot of work in there this past year, but it really needs to be finished up. My husband and I are aiming for a modern, restful and uncluttered space, and we have until Thanksgiving to get it there!