Sunday, March 24, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays-Down To Earth Style

Pamela was so kind to invite me to share 'How I Found My Style' here on her lovely blog.
I use the term "down to earth" because my home and designs are meant to be practical, not pretentious, and I try to keep our earth in mind by bringing nature indoors and by keeping what I can re-use out of our landfills.

My decor reflects the way we live. Having two young boys at home means I can't be too concerned if things get broken, scratched, spilled on or used for anything but what it was made for.
Making a home comfortable is my priority when it comes to design.
 If I had to identify my style as country, vintage, rustic or traditional? I could use your help in that regard, but I have heard Rustic Country, Modern Rustic, Shabby Chic....Rustic seems to be the most consistent word in the descriptions I hear. What would you call it?
Worry-free and cozy are the main criteria here and with a skimpy budget I took advantage of what was available in my corner of the country. Old windows and doors were cheap and with my conscience for keeping our earth clean - I turned to salvaged finds to bring more charming character into our new "spec" home.
I have an enormous collection of magazines that I still flip through now and again for inspiration. Honestly, that is where I have found much of my style. Blending different looks and ideas into the way I want to live, with my own instincts for what's comfortable or livable, using materials I already had on hand or could afford.
 Well worn accents are a favorite of mine, especially if they have a story to tell. But, if I can make a 'one-of-a-kind' piece myself that adds to the space....I will.
One of my big "first" projects was this kitchen island. I love a chunky, rustic piece of furniture in the kitchen. I  overcame any fear of the miter saw when I knew it wasn't practical to ask my husband to make exactly what I envisioned for me.  He would gladly entertain the boys  (he's got his priorities straight) while I tore out the original standard island to build this new piece that "fits".

Once I started using the saw to shape my creations, I never stopped.
I welcome you all to visit my blog to see other projects I enjoy creating and sharing using new and recycled materials.
If a particular style fits the way you live - embrace and embellish it - then call it your own, with or without words to define it.
Thank you, Pamela, for letting me share with your readers a little piece of my style.

Thank you Holly for sharing your beautiful home with us all!


31 comments:

  1. love that amazing island! wonderful style that may be rustic and comfortable, but still so feminine and stylish!!

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  2. Thanks Pamela for sharing Holly's great home with us. I love her "down to earth style". It is warm, comfy and inviting. Love her bedroom and with my love of old vintage things like doors and windows I get her style. Awesome.
    Kris

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  3. What a great choice today Pamela. Not only does Holly have fabulous decorating style but she is such a genuinely kind soul. Her warmth and personality shines through her home and her blog. I've been a fan for a long time!
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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  4. Thanks, Pamela for sharing! I love Holly's style! You just feel like you want to sit down and chat! Have a wonderful weekend!!
    ~~Angela

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  5. You have a lovely home, Holly! I enjoy following along and seeing your newest posts, although I am a fairly new follower. The words that come to mind just looking at these pictures is Shabby Rustic. Thanks for sharing Holly's style, Pamela!

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  6. Love Holly's blog and home. Definately rustic would have to enter the description...how about rustic elegance?

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  7. Holly has a beautiful home! LOVE her style and taste! What a treat thank you so much for sharing Pamela!

    xx
    Anne

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  8. Wow, I love Holly's home and especially her repurposing/reusing, etc. thanks Pamela for sharing!!!

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  9. Love the photos! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  10. Pamela, thanks for featuring Holly's style on your Blog today. There are so many Bloggers whose style I luv and admire... but Holly's sensibilities speak to me. I too raised two boys in a home that had to be 'real' with them playing and using things as what they were meant to be and what they wanted them to be , hahahaa. Feminine rustic elegance. That's my take on it.
    Thanks for sharing Holly!!
    Hugs, Gee

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  11. Grat choice Pamela - I follow Holly's blog and just love her casual style!

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  12. Holly's home is so cool and interesting. Love how she decorates with all kinds of finds from windows and doors to ladders and white. Wow, I could easily live there.

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  13. Holy Moley....I was so busy this morning---I forgot it was MY special day! I am liking the Rustic Elegance call...yah? Sweet blogger friends we have out there!!! Thank you!!!

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  14. o my goodness.. i just shared your page on my personal fb page... you have a very lovely home.. I'm speechless.. absolutely amazing thank you so much for sharing

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  15. whoops above message was from Alisha Trott-Smeltzer
    lol

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  16. Love your rustic, modern, shabby, whatever style Holly! Susan

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  17. Holly has such a great style, showcasing all of her wonderful projects. She is so talented and I love the way she incorporates so many unique architecturals into her decor.
    Mary Alice

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  18. Thanks for featuring Holly today, Pamela. I have only been following her blog a short time and she so inspires me. She has her own style and if it's rustic, so be it, but it's a nice blend of what she's found and created and put love into. And boy, do I love that island!

    XO,
    Jane

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  19. Wow, Holly has an amazing home! Whatever she calls her style, it is wonderful!

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  20. I love Holly's style and the comfortable, welcoming style of her home. So many great ideas and design inspiration in each room! Love it!

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  21. Holly is my favorite Blog...how awesome to see her featured here...

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  22. Amazing home and...
    A M A Z I N G * S T Y L E!!!
    Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  23. Oh my your home is beautiful..
    I love your style..

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  24. wonderful and fun post. love it all

    blessings
    barb

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love, love Holly's stle. No matter what it is called.

    Cynthia

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  26. holly's home is so beautiful! i love her charming style:)

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  27. I think her home is so charming and looks so comfortable. I don't really know what my own style us, I'd be hard pressed to give someone else's a name. If I HAD to, I'd call it casual, country cottage. 3 C's!

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  28. One of my absolute favorite blogs ever! I love Holly's style!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  29. Oh, I love that island. I like island that are unique, handmade, something that really reflects ones style. Very Nice! I am loving the whole house. Thanks for sharing!
    Patty

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  30. I agree, that kitchen island is awesome! You have a very charming and welcoming home!

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