Hi, y'all! My name is Lauren and I am absolutely honored to be here! Thank you so much, Pamela, for having me. (Isn't she the furniture makeover queen?)
If you've never "met" me before, I have a little blog called Bless'er House, and I say little because I have been blogging for exactly 1 year as we have been making our new builder grade basic suburban house a home.
It's been a challenge starting off with very little furniture, a tiny budget, and a lot of plain, empty rooms to fill, but we have come a long way since moving in December 2013.
In the beginning, it was overwhelming, and having never owned a house before, I didn't even know what defined "my style", but thankfully, it didn't take me very long to figure it out. Because you know what? I just throw a bunch of it in together.
1. My decorating style is? I think I struggle with defining designs I love into just one single term. There are so many amazing ones out there, why stick to just one? So I guess if I had to slap a term on it, I'd call it Eclectic French Industrial Cottage. Okay, you caught me. That's not really technical. It's a little bit rustic and a little bit urban with a French flair. It seems to make sense in a suburban house that's sort of stuck between being in the country and city.
2. How did you "find" your decorating style? Even during my college days, I gravitated toward French decor. My dorm room was decked out in a Paris / Old Hollywood scheme complete with a chandelier (I should have known then that decorating would become a long-term obsession). So I always wanted to keep little bits of French in the mix, but I also wanted a more masculine vibe once my hubby came along.
During the 4 month process that it took to build our house, I scoured Pinterest for all sorts of inspirations, and I always ended up with a mod podge of styles going in a million directions. I sort of lost myself for a while there.
Then, I finally resorted to looking through my pins again to choose only a handful of inspirations that I loved most of all to narrow it down. I had to ask myself, "Did I pin this because it's pretty or did I pin this because it's me?"
A big part of it for me is keeping my husband's likes in mind too. If I know he won't like a certain piece, I won't even attempt to put it in our home. This is his house too, after all. After I showed him some of my Pinterest inspirations, we discovered he was a big fan of the rustic industrial decor too. (Thank goodness!)
Most importantly, it has to withstand the wear and tear that often comes with a toddler. Our 2 year-old daughter tests out our furniture like it's her job.
After a while, I realized that I tend to like light neutrals along with soft green and blue tones. I was on a red kick when we first moved in to our house, and I've been working on phasing it out. Red is beautiful, but I felt like it wasn't me...that might be the shy, introvert in me I guess.
3. What has been your most treasured find for your home? I love incorporating pieces that have a story to tell (I guess the former English teacher in me is just a romantic that way). I found an incredible old wagon bench for our entryway, that I just know must have an incredible past.
I sometimes wonder what letters or stories my thrifted typewriter once wrote.
But my favorite of all is an old ladder we pulled from a barn on my in-laws' property where my husband grew up. Their house was built in 1904, and it is rich with history.
My mom often says it's sort of funny that I love old, historical houses but ended up in a brand new builder box. For practicality and to avoid doing a total flip job, it made sense for us...for now. This girl still dreams about a house with tons of character though.
4. What tips do you have for creating a beautiful home? I think the most important thing to remember is to only fill your home with pieces you truly love. Don't try to follow a trend because it's in. Make your style an expression of you.
Good style really doesn't have to cost a fortune. It just takes a discerning eye to find those diamonds in the rough.You can decorate so much of your home for next to nothing with a little creativity thanks to classifieds listings and thrift stores.
Sometimes it takes stepping out of your comfort zone to create pieces to fit your vision like I did with my faux planked coffee table and rope chandelier.
But most of all, include things that have sentimental meaning. A house isn't really a home until you're surrounded by the people you love. The best things in life aren't things at all. A house doesn't have to be magazine-worthy to be beautiful.
|Thank you Lauren for stopping by today to share your style and tips. I have enjoyed watching you transform your home this past year with some amazing projects! I look forward to seeing what you will be up in 2015.|