Putting Your Personality into Your Decorating

June 6, 2012

I love the details. The little collections and vignettes and displays. Really beautiful furniture is all well and good, but in my opinion, without moments of personality and expression through decorative elements, a space will be prone to feeling unfinished and lifeless. Quirky lamps, fun art, animal figurines, stacks of books: all of these things and much more breathe life into a room and make it feel truly “decorated”.

I love this example from stylist Emily Henderson. You may recognize her from HGTV’s “Secrets From A Stylist” or her blog. She is adorable, genuine, and quirky, and her work absolutely reflects that personality. This is the mantel in her home. The color palette is relatively simple with white, honey-brown, brass, green, and an exciting pop of sky blue. She’s used several different textures like smooth brass and fluffy flowers and a nubby frame. She’s also done something that so many people are afraid to do but is absolutely key to making a space feel masterfully decorated: layering things. The peacock painting is partially covered by three other objects, but it in no way diminishes its effect. Seriously try this in your own home. Stack larger items in the back and deliberately layer something smaller in front of it. Don’t think too hard, just plop things down until it’s pleasing to your eye. It’s fun!

Mmmm. Black, brass, and pink. Can’t seem to get enough of that color combo. Via Peppermint Bliss.

I don’t want you to think that all I’m talking about here is cluttering up surfaces with nick-nacks, because I know that’s not everybody’s cup of tea. Beautifully decorated interiors with lots of personality can lean towards a more minimalist look too! The above space has just a few simple elements that work beautifully together. NY Times via nicety.

The home of Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne via Design*Sponge via

I hoard ideas. Specifically wacky ideas that mix things up and make a room really special. Absolutely enormous vases placed on the floor with regular-sized flower arrangements is now on that list. Though perhaps that is an idea best kept for kid and pet-free zones. Photographed by Catherine Gratwicke.

Oh that wall color! I really gravitate towards it, but at the same time I can’t imagine using it in my own home. The vintage elements of this shot are so dang charming, don’t you think? The home of Liz Cook via Design*Sponge.

The classiness of this is overwhelming. I adore the muted color palette, but I have to admit I think the handbag is my favorite part. The home of L’Wren Scott Mick Jagger, photograped by Francois Halard for Vogue, via dustjacket attic.

I don’t even know where to start. How about with the stuff I’m not so keen on. I don’t know about the shape of those chairs. Not my favorite, but certainly not awful. And something’s not quite right for me with the table lamps. Maybe differently shaped shades would help? Beyond that, I’m basically ga-ga for this entryway. I probably wouldn’t paint my own floor with black and white chevron stripes, but it’s fabulous. The chandelier is killing it. And I love love the dark crown molding paired with a peach-orange ceiling. Interestingly painted ceilings are a major draw for me right now. For too long we’ve all been painting our ceilings “Ceiling White”. Time to mix it up! Designed by Christina Murphy for Trad Home, via Design Manifest.

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