I am a minimalist by desire. I seek out designs in home furnishings that are well made of beautiful woods with deep grains and luxurious fabrics. I want the natural beauty of objects to shine through in my rooms. I then add high intensity accents through the use of carpeting, fabrics that speak to the sole in my window treatments and thought provoking art work. These are things that in my eye make a room inviting, interesting and appealing.
I admire in magazines, on Houzz, and in other peoples homes what they believe to be beautiful. I seek diversity. I want other people to want something different than what I want, it is what challenges my creativity, to see the beauty in how they see it. I once had an associate ask me what style my show room was going to be in. This puzzled me. I thought, how can I help others bring out their creative souls if my show room is in my style or any particular style?
My show room is a blank page. When a client walks through the door, I want them to share with me what makes there heart sing! It brings me joy to assist them through the process of finding the right colors, styles, collection (or eclectic). I find it odd when my clients want the look they saw in Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. I will get it for them, if that truly makes them feel at peace or filled with joy, but I still question why someone would go with what someone else says is the in thing. I find it frustrating when I am creating and cannot capture my ideas through the ready made market.
I have a wonderful client that likes soothing simplicity. Her home is designed and decorated in the craftsman style; beautiful woods, simple lines on her furnishings, deep earth tones, with touches of color woven into the fabrics and carpets. I have worked with her on redecorating two bedrooms. Both rooms she wanted to feel peaceful in, so she choose tone on tone earth colors. We made the room interesting by layering colors, rich warm browns and beige. We added light tones to balance the room in the bedspread and linens. But, even a peaceful room needs life. She added a green leafy plant in an antique brass container.
Style is interesting. I want to be surprised when I walk into a room. I want my eye to wander through it seeking the parts that speak of it, that make it alive.
Style…make it yours…keep life interesting!