A post I did a little while back (you can read it here) got me thinking about “my style”.
What it is.
What I want it to be.
Where I see it going.
It’s all been hanging out at the front of my mind ever since writing that post.
I feel like now more than ever, I have a clear vision of how I want my home to feel and the kinds of things I want to bring in to accurately portray that feeling.
It has taken me years to be confident in this vision.
And if you want me to be honest, I still have brief moments of doubt here and there – it’s hard not to when we’re flooded with gorgeous, amazing design day after day from the likes of Instagram and Pinterest.
By the way – I say this all the time – but there is no right or wrong way to decorate your home. It’s all about what feels true to you. Try to use Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs as a tool for inspiration – NOT comparison. It’s a rule I have to remind myself of daily. 😉
When asked what my style is, I have never been able to quickly and efficiently identify it, because it’s a combination of so many things.
I could go on and on with the adjectives, but I’ll spare you. 🙂
But it dawned on me as I was writing that post, that my style kind of does have a name: Rustic & Woven.
Now, I certainly didn’t name this blog on that basis.
Let me tell you, naming this blog was a task.
I tried every combination of words like vintage, simple, white, cozy, home, and cottage you can think of.
All spoken for.
I tried throwing in our last name, Smith.
What could I come up with that would accurately describe what I am about, be easy to remember, and stand out a bit from the crowd?
My eyes roamed around the room and kept landing on two things – rustic, weathered wood and woven baskets.
Rustic & Woven.
At the time, I thought that was a great summary of two of my most favorite textures and design elements, but now I realize it’s a reflection of so much more.
I love to incorporate primitive finds, rustic, weathered wood, rusty metal, sometimes even gritty elements – anything that is perfectly imperfect – and then soften and refine them by combining the warmth of textural throws and pillows, woven baskets, soft linens, natural fiber rugs, and warm white and neutral colors.
It’s raw, yet refined.
Masculine, yet feminine.
It’s old, yet new.
So while I thought I was just picking two words that described two of my favorite elements, I really ended up picking two words that describe me and describe the style of our home.
So what about you? If you had to pick two words to describe your style, what would they be?