Hello...I am Kelly from My Soulful Home. What a thrill to be here with Pamela and you! (Emmett is excited too!) We are here together to talk "style", specifically my decorating style. (what a compliment to be asked to do so!)
"My style"….hmmm? My style comes more from an attitude about how I want to live in my home rather than a specific 'look' or era. I want to feel warm & comfortable, have others feel welcome and have the house be a place that enhances our happiness.
For me that means filling my home with time worn pieces, color, texture & treasures that make my heart beat a little faster. Like vintage gardening books...and old tins. Funny, what lites my fire!
Finding my style did not happen over night. It has evolved over time. I looked, copied, borrowed, tried & edited….again and again. Out of all that experimenting my personal style emerged.
Aside from experimenting, I think what has helped me most to develop my style is trust. Trust in myself that what I was drawn to and felt at home with would work all together in my house.
To sum up my style I will share with you the best compliment I ever got regarding my home…"It feels like your house is giving me a hug". That made realize that whatever words one would use to describe my style didn't really matter, it is the feeling that counts for me.
So many things I have collected are special to me, but one thing does stand out a bit from the rest. You see that bust on the corner of the fireplace?
Know who that is? I bet you do. That is my Bill. (aka William Shakespeare) He has been with me longer than my husband of 21+ years and has lived in every place I have since moving out on my own. So, I must say Bill is my most treasured find.
Out antiquing with my mom on a rainy day, I found him inside crate in an old barn. Not a very practical thing to buy as a young law student moving out on her own, but I had to have him. (thanks Mom!)
My number one tip for creating a beautiful home is to have your home reflect YOU. Surround yourself with things that celebrate the personal. Trust your instincts…oh, and do edit.
Editing is my very practical tip. Create vignettes of the things you love, put other bits away & switch it all around once in awhile. That will keep your home uncluttered, fresh and beautiful.
It has really been a pleasure to be here. Thank you Pamela! My front porch is small, but there is room inside for us all. So if you enjoyed my visit do come over to My Soulful Home sometime. I would be delighted to have you. Now it is time for me to start decorating for Christmas!
** Kelly **
** Kelly **
|Kelly thank you for stopping by today and bringing Emmett with you! I loved reading about how you found your style and the best compliment you ever got. I think all of our homes should feel like hugs.|