Styling the New West

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Five Simple Styling Hacks That Will Change Your Abode - Hack #1 Creating and Loving Your Authentic Style

The reoccurring theme I hear from my Styling the New West clients' is that they aren’t sure of their personal style. Your home is the place that should feel like home not just a place to park. Top three to keep focused on when trying to narrow in your your style …. Number one…..make your design choices that give you the home you need and the one you want to have. Number two…..visualize how your family can best live out this lifestyle Number three…. what are your dream transformations and realistic budgets for this ? Get Real About i.e.  Dogs. Skiing. Children. Entertaining. Traveling. That’s right darling list those passions, wants and needs of yours and your family’s….try it!!

 PC Claire Brody Designs - House Beautiful

PC Claire Brody Designs - House Beautiful

Let’s Talk About Your Unique Style

First things first, take the time to take the Quick Style Quiz ( maybe twice!!) from sheknows.com and get a sense of what others think your style is IF you aren’t clear on it. Not a 100 % accurate and you could be a blend of a couple of styles but mine was spot on. Rustic Traditional. Guess what, it came up twice ! Every photo I tear out of a magazine or pin to my board is yep… rustic traditional. It is no mystery I like to mix antiques with clean simple new functional pieces and LOVE LOVE wooden beams.

Once you start to narrow this down a bit, create a mood board or file of tear pages. You will start to see a trend of interiors and items you gravitate toward. I have over 60 pages torn from magazines that I like and most have guess what wooden masculine with netural walls. We are drawing this into the house we are building. It is anchoring and defining my look in our plans. Place photos on a board that you see daily arranging and rearranging alongside of other photos you like and where it works, doesn’t work. Take sticky notes to start putting headings for your categories. Take a photo of this board as a reminder while you purchase to stay on track with your look. This collection is the fun part of letting your own personal style unfold

Let Your Story Evolve

It will take focused time and effort to make changes into a home you have lived in for awhile. Choose to change one thing at a time and try not to do it all at once. I find if I start with paint and live with that change for a bit it helps me not to get anxious about all of it. Be patient with yourself….. it is your story to tell and you want it to speak your style and design. The most important part is that you stop saying “ I don’t know my style” and don’t know where to start. This is where you start. Right now. You can do it darling!

 PC Traditional Home Magazine

PC Traditional Home Magazine