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Regardless of your current living situation, I think we can all create a place that we will love to call home. I think the key is knowing your own personal design style, and incorporating as many of these elements into your living spaces as you can.

By deciding to define your interior design style. I don’t mean taking a quiz on one of the many interior design websites that will pigeon hole you into one prescribed look, with a fancy name. Or, picking up the latest design magazine and choosing the first design look that has some elements that you like, and think you must adhere to all those design elements. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with design websites or magazines, to provide a platform for you to discover your own design style.   When doing so. Please be aware that it’s so easy to get swept up in the perfection of these staged homes. Then, get disheartened when you cannot create the exact same look in your place.

I think the best place to start your journey is where you live. Taking the time to have a closer look at the things you live amongst. Will help you define your design style.

  • Grab a pen and paper, and draw up two columns with “I love it” and “wish I could replace it”. Then room by room note down each item of furniture into either column, depending on how that item makes you feel. This decision needs to be purely an emotional one and not driven by any other factors.love hate list 
  • Then, gather together all the art works, mementos and ornament’s that are currently in your home that make you sparkle each time you touch or see them.
  • Take some time to think about the items of furniture and those special items that make you sparkle and identify the links and similarities in these items. 
  • Now, it’s time to switch off from the here and now for a bit and allow your mind to travel to those places that you love. Asking yourself why you love them? The next stop on your dream liner is to your dream home in it’s perfect location. What is it that makes them so perfect? For those of you that think this process is a bit woo woo and far removed from the harsh reality of your abode. Well, that is exactly the whole point of this exercise. Allowing yourself to dream without limitations, provides the space for you to go beyond your current lifestyle and budget and discover what makes you sparkle.
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  • Now it’s time to bring it all together, identify what are the common threads between the items in your dream home and location and the items you currently have that make you sparkle?
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  • It is the weaving of these threads together that will create your own design style. 

I would love to know how you found this exercise and what you discovered about your design style?

Jenni XXX

  • Hi Jenni – that was really interesting – I’d never thought about my home’s interior from your point of view. I guess I’m a bit pragmatic and most things are functional with a few sparkles thrown in. I’ll have to check out which things really tick my boxes and ask myself Why?

    • Leanne, It’s so easy to get swept up in the physical function of your living spaces, without acknowledging the emotional impact our home has on us. With sometime thought & a bit of effort, the functional can also provide the sparkles.

  • Great idea here. Thank you for them. I will be down-sizing even more in a few years so your ideas are very helpful. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 22/52. Next week’s prompt: View From Here.

    • Denyse, Wonderful to read that you are finding this series of blog posts helpful. The next topic is Uncluttering your home, so hope you also find this very useful.

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    I have always have a homely country feel to my homes. I seriously need a declutter though!

    • Homely country feel sounds devine Alicia. Uncluttering is my topic for this weeks blog post, which is now live on the blog. Hope you find it useful? I would love to know how you go with it.

  • This is perfectly timed Jenni as I’ve just ditched a very old entertainment unit I’d held onto even though it didn’t fit a TV in it anymore. I thought I’d replace it with bookshelves but I’m loving the blank space. And… I’m thinking of adding a piece of artwork by a local artist when I can budget for it.

    • It’s fantastic Deborah, that you have moved on some furniture that was not useful anymore. Leaving the space empty for a while is a brilliant idea. That way you will be sure about what you want to put there, before investing the money.

  • Kathy Marris

    Jenni this is such a great exercise to experiment with. I’ve always loved beach-style because I live nearby the beach, but when I go to South East Asia I like their style. Since I’ve recently returned from Italy I’m frothing their Mediterranean style. I’m now totally confused as to what is my style. I guess a bit of each! Is it ok to have a blend of styles? #TeamLovinLife

    • It sure is ok to have a blend of styles Kathy. I’m sure that if you take the time to complete the exercise, you will find a common thread between each of the style that you like & this would be a good place to start.

  • writeofthemiddle

    I love this Jenni! i will do this exercise properly when I have more time for sure because I would like to have a clearer understanding of what my design style is. i know though, that I love my home to feel warm and welcoming and like it embraces you when you are in it. Some parts of my home feel this way more than others. There are quite a few items of furniture in this house that no longer do it for me. My taste changes through the decades! #TeamLovinLife

    • Sounds like your on the right track already Min. Knowing the kind of feel that you want in your home is a great place to start. When you have some time, think about what it is in those rooms that give you that special feeling & these are the things that you can replicate throughout the other areas of your home. If you can do without the furniture that is no longer making you sparkle, I would suggest moving it on now. Otherwise, are there ways that you can upcycle these pieces to fit with the new vibe.

  • Jo Tracey

    I’m so much a blend. My dreamliner has taken me to a beach shack, into Bali, and also London boho. Great exercise. #TeamLovinLife

    • Having a blend is your own unique style Jo. If you take some time to look for the common thread that you like about each of these places. It will give you a strong platform to pull the look together.

  • Great idea. Your list is my list! I love our dining table. Wish I could replace our lounge. And our carpet. And our entertainment unit. And the coffee tables. And …. #teamlovinlife

    • What is it about those items that you don’t like leanne? Once you are clear on that, it is so much easier to decide what it is that you do want. Move on those items that you don’t need right now & then see how you can upcycle the others into something that is more you.

  • Oh I love this concept! One day I can discover my design style. For now my home is over-run with my children and their stuff!

    • Don’t let the kids and their stuff take over the whole house. Putting touches of your style through out your home will make such a different to your well being and they way you think about your home.

  • I struggle to find a couch that is the right level of comfort! I end up with ones that are too comfy and don’t end up sleeping in bed haha.

    • Spending some time and effort to make your bedroom into something you love, will stop you wanting to spend the night on your coach, no matter how comfortable.

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Great ideas here to identify your own style. I’m going to give this a go as I have no idea what I like or what I want my house to look like!