My Style - Looking For It

How many of you are still searching for "your style"? I know you pick up the latest PB or some other catalog and you fall in love with a hundred different looks till you are left feeling lost and confused and wondering what you really like! I know I'm not the only one out there that feels like this.

I remember about a year ago I "found" a blog called The Lettered Cottage and I felt like I had finally come home (ok so that's exaggerating a bit). It was like looking at a dream that was actually within a normal human beings grasp.

Linda Banks traditional living room

I later came across the website Houzz, which really helped me hone in on what I liked even more.
Green Paint traditional entry

I found that going through (yikes) hundreds of pictures and saving them, then going back again and seeing which ones actually jumped out at me, helped me realize what I like most.
Skona hem eclectic dining room

Do you know what it feels like when an image actually jumps out at you?! It is a picture that isn't lost in the crowed. Something that you remember and think back on.
Dreamy Whites

Then you adapt those images for your own use.... this is the hard part.
Guest Cabin traditional bathroom

Sometimes a beach cottage just doesn't fit in with a brick rancher. Dirty carpet floors don't complete that perfect clean look.

Hmmm, I guess now is when you shoot for the image that is both reality and dream. That is possible, thank goodness. Don't put your expectations so high that you can never achieve the look that you want. Don't try to make a hunting lodge out of a coastal retreat. Do adapt the look you love to the home you're in.
kitchen kitchen

I do live in a brick ranch style home. It doesn't have plank walls, wood floors or vintage hardware. It has carpet and tile, textured walls, shiny gold knobs and such.
Mt. Shadows traditional bedroom

But I have found my style! I found that I love bright and airy rooms. Texture in many ways and forms. Clean and simple. A touch of days gone by. The feeling that you might catch a whiff of salt coming off the foaming waves when you walk into a room.
window seat with GREAT pillows and color family room

So I'm learning to adapt. Add those touches in a way that doesn't clash too much with the style of my home that I can't change, and change the style that I can. (Sheww, did that confuse you too?)
Main Cabin traditional kitchen

So if you're still looking for your style, don't worry if it takes you a while to find what you're looking for. I promise it's out there.
Slick Wood Ceiling traditional kitchen

Don't make any rash or sudden moves until you find it though. Who wants to end up with a pile of overpriced decor that you bought because you got desperate?
Dining Room eclectic dining room

Then again, who wants to read all this stuff that I'm typing?
French Larkspur eclectic home office

It's ok to skip a few words. There won't be a pop quiz at the end.
Main Cabin traditional family room

In the end it's really just an excuse to show you some really great looking rooms.
hhbradys ideabook kitchen eclectic kitchen

All of these pictures are ones that "jumped" out at me. In a good way.
French Flea Market eclectic bedroom

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
coastal attic bedroom - 50 Comfy Cottage Rooms - Photos -

If you don't that's ok too.
Beachy White Bedroom - 50 Comfy Cottage Rooms - Photos -

Now I'm just rambling....
(Congratulations to Megan from Little Blue Prints for winning the CSN Giveaway!)


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