Hi, I'm Kathy from Creative Home Expressions and I am delighted and honored to be here at Pamela's for How I Found My Style Sundays!
I think my decorating style will continue to change over time, as it has done in the past. The thing that seems to remain consistent is that "Country" features in there somewhere. Back in the 80's and early 90's it was more of the Country look with the geese on wallpaper type look. In the 90's I went with more of an English Country look, loving all those oversized florals.
In the 2000's I veered more toward the French Country look, especially after finding Betty Lou Phillips decorating books. I think any of these Country styles indicate to me that comfort is key and if I can get that with things that look pretty, too, I am happy with my home.
I mainly found my style from what I liked in magazines and decorating books. Or I should say discovered what my style was considered from those mediums. Before Pinterest I used to cut pictures of rooms from magazines and keep them in a 'Decorating Binder" for reference to try and recreate the look in my home.
I don't have one particular piece in my home that stands out as a treasured find, although I do love the first roadside rescue dresser I found and made over. The size makes it a versatile piece that could fit in anywhere, which is even more important now that we live in a condo. My most treasured pieces are the family pictures that I incorporate into my decorating.
Tips I would offer are to take one room at a time so that you don't stress over getting your whole home just right in one go. Take the time to find and use the things you love so that you are not spending money on things just to fill a space. Remake things you already have to save money, whether it is just moving them from one room to another, recovering them, or painting them to fit in better with your vision.
Utilizing thrift stores, antique malls, and yard/estate sales is a great way to find some interesting pieces and accessories for your home on a budget.