Once you’ve taken a style quiz to discover your own design style (see last week’s Home Sweet Home post to take your own quiz!), it can be challenging to figure out how to take what you’ve learned about your style and apply it practically in your home. We wanted to take a couple of rooms in our own homes and show you how we turned our decor styles into reality!
Erika’s Living Room
Before I had a home of my own, my style tended to be more traditional and classic, which is how my childhood home was decorated. I remember starting to pin a bunch of home decor pins on Pinterest, though, that all seemed to be more rustic and farmhouse-like. It was then that I realized that maybe my style was different from my mom’s, and she even reassured me that that was okay! My living room is a great example of how I took the essence of what I had been seeing on Pinterest of things that I liked and turned them into reality. Here are a few pieces of my ‘Rustic’ style:
- Old Window Frame – This window frame was in great shape when we bought it, so all we had to do was add decorative pieces of paper and photos, and it quickly became a focal point in the room.
- Pallet Wood End Table – I love pallets and pallet wood furniture, so I felt pretty spoiled when my dad was able to build this for me out of a pallet that my mom found in someone’s dumpster (no joke!).
- Ladder Shelves – We found this ladder at a dump (again, no joke) and with some fresh paint and a bit more wood were able to build these shelves. While I do love the rustic look, I also like to soften it with items like lace and pearls, as lots of wood can feel harsh at times.
Susanna’s Baby Nursery
I’ve always had an affinity for older, vintage things. Growing up, when my friends wanted to hit the mall, I wanted to hit the junk and antique stores. My tastes have mostly gravitated toward the antiques and classy decor from the 1940s and 50s, with a few more “modern” twists from the 1960s thrown in. Currently, my husband, baby son – Charlie, and I live in a home that I am so thankful for, but, while really cool in design, is far more modern than my style. I’ve just decided to embrace it for this season and not worry too much, for the most part. Everywhere EXCEPT the nursery. I couldn’t help but create the environment and style I love for our sweet little baby (whose gender was unknown until birth). I had a tight budget to work within, but using some key pieces and getting creative helped me create my best gender-neutral, Vintage Traditionalist look within my budget!
- Furniture – I had my heart set on white Jenny Lind style furniture for the room to really set that vintage vibe, so most of my money went towards the crib and changing table, which, while new replicas, still look like the classic older pieces. I used some wooden pieces we had in other parts of the house – an old, cedar-lined 1960s armoire (flea market!), rocking horse (garage sale), and a newer bookshelf (Target) to create a classic white and wood style look to go with my neutral walls.
- Decor Elements – Using the neutral furniture and wall color palette to my advantage, I was able to use different pieces and elements to highlight pops of color throughout the room! A few favorites include:
- Antique milk glass lamp (whose tarnished brass base I transformed with some mint green spray paint)
- Original Mother Goose themed Irmi mobile from the 1960s (sweet Craigslist bargain find!)
- Vintage and modern textiles to upholster cardboard boxes, old chair cushions, make curtains, etc.
- Wall decor using printed old sketches of children at play, colorized carnival animal characters and such, placed in inexpensive random frames that I then painted a cohesive cherry red and hung in collections around the room to complete my whole vintage nursery look!
You can enter to WIN a 2-hour re-designing session with Amanda Clowser (who is launching her new re-designing business called Sweet Territory) and Beth Rhora (an interior designer with over 25 years of experience and the owner of Elizabeth-Kent Interiors) absolutely FREE! All you have to do is decide which one of your rooms you’d like to have re-designed the most and why. Be sure to post your style (head to mydomaine.com to find out your style!), and the room of your choosing at the bottom of this blog anytime during the month of July with the hashtag #nsnredesign and you will automatically be entered into a random drawing to WIN the FREE re-designing session with Amanda and Beth in September. (Consultation includes, time, rearranging, and repurposing the winner’s room in a new and pleasing fashion. All purchases suggested during the session i.e. paint, additional accessories, throw rugs or pillows, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winner will be chosen and announced in August. Winner must be located in the Greater Nashville area.)
By Erika Millard & Suzanna Spell // Home Blogging Team