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I always assumed that when I got really good and grown up and got everything in my house just how I wanted it, I’d stop wanting to repaint  and redecorrange my rooms.  I should have known that no such day would ever come.  My style continues to evolve and change and my love for creating a welcome and cozy environment for my family only gets stronger.

When you’re building a house or remodeling your kitchen or rearranging your furniture in your living room, it helps to have a vision.  Which is why I love Pinterest so much. You can create a room online without ever buying the first thing.  I’m hoping to do some official decorating of my downstairs living room this fall and I’ve been busy collecting ideas.   It also helps to look at your inspiration boards and give your style some names.   The more descriptive they are of what you like, the better.  Naming things can be scary for me because I love ALL THE STYLES.

But if I had to give my current style a few words, they’d be eclectic, retro, modern, and cowboy glam.

{ECLECTIC}

 

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No one who’s ever been in my house would question this.   I’m quirky.  I like layers of interesting things that aren’t really supposed to go together.  I embrace this quality about myself and resist the occasional temptation to tame it.  If things look too normal, I start to pace and get itchy and nervous.  Maybe I just want my house to match the insanity which goes on in my brain. Or maybe my artsy creative bent is just part of who I am.  Either way, I’m like the Austin of home decorators—I’m keeping things weird.

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{MODERN}

 

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I’m so drawn to touches of modern as a way to freshen up other styles.   It’s so easy to do this with pillows, colors, fabrics, artwork, etc.  The key to a room that feels like it’s been collected over time is to be patient and collect things over time.  OR.  Mix things from different eras and then you have an instant collected look.

{RETRO}

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I loved watching the MadMen series.   I wasn’t sure I even liked the show until season 3 and by then it was too late to quit.   I kept watching, partly because of the costuming and my fascination with the 50′s and 60′s.   I adore the music, the clothing, the colors, the more formal way of life, the manners, the decor and I could go on and on.  I’m sure that’s why I love thrift and antique stores.

I want my house to have hints of that era—like a little nod to days gone by and my way of showing my respect and admiration for those generations before me when women wore dresses and aprons and families sat down together to have dinner every night.  (except on MadMen of course,  that blasted Don Draper!)

Nothing like Blue Willow and Fiesta Ware and something warm and tasty cooking up in the kitchen to transport me to saner times.

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Nothing like Blue Willow and Fiesta Ware and something warm and tasty cooking up in the kitchen to transport me to saner times.

{COWBOY GLAM}

 

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I use cowboy boots and antlers as home decor on a regular basis.  It’s the perfect marriage of style and substance.  You look cute in cowboy boots but they’re also appropriate shoe wear for wrangling chickens or horses or children.  And perfect for gardening and cooking.  I rest my case.  I love this article at Southern Accents because I love decorating with others in mind, which is often what Southerners have tried to do.  Making your house  a place that’s easy to welcome others and is geared for to serve.  What does ‘southern’ mean as it relates to decorating?   It can mean  many things—but here are my favorites from the article:

 

Have you ever given words to your style?

Why go to all the trouble to have words and to define them?  Because every decision you make should reinforce your vision. From the floor plan to the color choice to the landscaping. This concept helped me so many times when we were rebuilding our house. .
And even more than that, having ‘words’ helps you to clarify what you are not.  I love so many different styles of decorating and I’ve tried to force myself into styles that I am not.

Take the all-white beachy look. I love it. For ten minutes. And then I’m dying for color.
Take the simple, pared down farmhouse look. It’s one of my favorites. But no matter how many ‘Simplify’ signs I hang in my house, I’m not simple. I’m just not.
I will load it up with stuff and books and I’m never gonna change so my ‘words’ give me permission to be who I am.

Now, think about your words, the things that define you. Write them down and then make a list of things you can start to change or rearrange that help you (or your house) become who you are.

I’m partnering with Dutch Boy and five other awesome bloggers  to help you define your style!  They’ve made this super fun by making it a Pinterest focused contest with a giveaway.

Here’s what it’s all about:

Five (5) First Place Style Prizes of one (1) $300 Dutch Boy Paints prize pack each which will include Dutch Boy Paints, Purdy® Paint Tools and a $200 cash gift card. The total ARV of each Style Prize is $300.

One (1) grand prize of one (1) $1,000 Dutch Boy Paints home prize pack which will include a two hour in-home personal consultation with a Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant for one room in your home valued at ($300), four gallons of Dutch Boy paint, Purdy Paint Tools and a $500 cash gift card. During the two hour in-home visit, the Dutch Boy Personal Color Consultant will create a custom color palette that fits your decorating style for a single room in your home. Consultation must take place between Monday, January 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015. Winner will need to provide three potential dates for the in-home consultant to choose from. The total ARV of Grand Prize is: $1,000.

Here’s how to enter: 

  •  Visit Dutch Boy.
  • Choose one of the six styles you like the most from the Dutch Boy Paints selection to pin on Pinterest, or choose to pin your own style image on Pinterest
  •  Complete the entry form in its entirety and click “Submit & Pin” to submit your entry and pin the image on Pinterest
  • Follow @DutchBoyPaints on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/dutchboypaint/

From their list, I would choose Retro Modern.  What’s your favorite?

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56 comments on “Define Your Style {A Dutch Boy Collaboration and Contest}”

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  2. Oh how perfectly fun, thanks Edie!!
    I’ll enter for sure.
    Also love your style names. If you ever venture to Oklahoma you 100% need to stop in a little town called Armore (south half of our state off of I-40) and browse a weird little shop called Cloverleaf. Bring money, though. LOL
    My style words elude me, I tried defining back when Darleme had a fun series on it months ago, this reminds me to try again. Good timing with the season change, hugs!! xo

  3. Omigosh. My friend turned me on to your blog, and then I found your Pinterest. It’s like you were IN MY BRAIN. The paragraph about watching Mad Men for those reasons, not for the acting or story line … the love of the whole era of the 50’s and 60’s (we recently bought a ’59 split level!! aghhhh!!!) … Yet, I love pattern mixing, and modern curtains. My house, I feel like, is a big splash – a window into my chaotic (but really fun!) brain. So, I hate to say my style is exactly like yours, because no two people are alike. But, your style so closely resembles mine. Could spend years on your Pinterest! (Feeling like I’m starting to sound stalkerish, so I’m going to end now.) 🙂

  4. i heart you 🙂
    I change SO much, too!
    somedays i’m bright and cheerful eclectic, other days I’m light and airy or coastal. Then I’m all industrial farmhouse or rustic chic. Mostly….I’m messy kiddos over running our home 🙂

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