Sunday, March 16, 2014

How I Found My Style Sundays- At Home With The Barkers

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found My Style Sundays- At Home With The Barkers
Hey everyone, I'm Sonya from At Home with The Barkers! I am thrilled that Pamela invited me over to her front porch for a home style chat. It is really an honor to be here for "How I Found My Style Sundays!"
 What is my decorating style and how did I find it? I've never really thought about how I found my style or even what my style is called. I have always bought thrifted, and made things that I love. In all honesty, I believe this is the key to decorating your home and in turn your style will shine through. I've never been one to follow trends just because it's popular and I may even totally avoid a trend if it doesn't feel like me. I will admit, I have a great love of comfort so for the most part so I decorate my home with that in mind. If I had to give my style a name, I would call it Traditional Southern Comfort. 
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
I love brown leather, black and white, monograms, rocking chairs and mixing warm and cool colors.
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
I also love painting furniturelamps, art, and pretty much anything that needs a new look. Also,moving furniture to get a new feel in a room is often a process at our house.
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
DIY details can also make a big difference in a room. Our recent wood plank mantel makeover is a great example.
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
I may change it up from season to season but I love to have a monogram on my front door wreath.
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
What has been my most treasured find for my house? I actually didn't find this item, it found me. It was my husbands grandmothers rocking chair. She was a wonderful woman who loved her family very much. She passed away a few years ago and my mother in law gave me her rocking chair. 
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One of the very first furniture items I refinished was a rocking chair my husband and I bought from Craig's List when I was pregnant with my son. After my kids were much older I sold that rocking chair at a yard sale, and I almost immediately regretted it! That is why my husband's grandmother's rocking chair is so special to me. I sit in it daily to watch TV.

What tips do I have for creating a beautiful home? Always, always, always....use what you love! Your gut instinct will tell you right away if you love something. If you have to talk yourself into an item, let it go. If you have to ask 10 friends what do they think, let it go. Only buy and keep what you love!

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
With that being said, everything you love may not always work well together. My advice for mixing all of the items you love is to stick to a color palette. This will help coordinate items that otherwise may not match one another.  Secondly, if you must buy something that doesn't match the color palette in your decor try it in a different room or maybe try painting it.
From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found  My Style  Sundays-At Home With The Barkers
I wanted to say a BIG thank you to Pamela for having me share with her readers! As we say in the South, our door is always open! Please stop by and spend some time At Home with The Barkers! Have a great Sunday!
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Thank you so much Sonya for joining us today and sharing your style. 

18 comments:

  1. Great feature. I always enjoy my visits at Sonya's.

    Now I want to make one of those wreaths!

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    1. Thank you Stacey! Go make that wreath, you can do it!

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  2. Nice ! I agree... be true to yourself and everything will flow. :) Thanks ladies, for the great read. Popping over to visit Sonya.
    Happy Sunday.

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    1. Thanks so much for heading over to my blog! I appreciate that. Have a great Sunday ~Sonya

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  3. Hi Pamela,
    Great feature on Sonya. I am popping over to meet Sonya and check out her blog. Love the "life is short eat cookies" sign in her kitchen. Tooo cute.
    Kris

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    1. That sign is my favorite! I am a cookie lover. Thanks for heading over to the my blog ~Sonya

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  4. I enjoyed reading about finding your style Sonya. You are so right when you say decorate with what you love. Sometimes it's the simple things.....I really love your framed MAC bag!

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  5. So true, if you love it...it will work! Love Sonya's home!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. I totally agree on the LOVE thing!! And loved reading about you and your fabulous style Sonya!
    xo
    Nancy

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  7. I love Sonya! That black table is absolutely amazing. Stunning. Sonya has a great style.

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  8. I love the style of this beautiful home!!!! I could go visit and never leave. :)

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  9. Sonya has a beautiful home and I think it reflects her laid back personality. Heirlooms and thrifted pieces make for a very comfy, cozy home! Thanks so much for a great feature!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. Lovely home tour! Great job on the new fireplace! ~Christy

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  11. I love your style and advice Sonya! True to you and not the trends. Always good to know. Thanks for the remind my friend.

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  12. Sonya's home is gorgeous...just love her "Southern Comfort" style and her choice of the color scheme throughout her home...thanks Pamela for another fabulous feature!!!

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  13. Love the dining room. Thank you for bringing Sonya over to share her style. Blessings, Cindy

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