Years ago, when I was newly married I had a passion to create spaces that speak to the heart. The only problem was, I wasn't sure what I wanted to say. I wasn't a designer, and I didn’t have the confidence I needed to strike out on my own when it came to decorating our space.
I found myself entangled in all the magazines and decorating books I had. I wanted to follow the wise sayings of these designers, and yet I was feeling imprisoned by their style advice. What I ended up doing was taking apart the magazines and (gasp!) most of the books I owned. I took out the pages that resonated with me and created a decorating journal reference for myself. Over the years I've added and taken away from these pages, honing my eye and keeping myself true to the things that I really love and value in a room.
Keeping this journal has been good for my pocketbook, too. I find that with it, I don’t have those purchases I regret.
I've learned that I adore, curving lines, ormolu, the sparkle of a beautiful chandelier, the beauty of antique silks and lace. The colors I love range from the countryside of Provence to the purity of white. I've learned that rooms filled with a few lovely pieces, and plenty of circulating air between them, create a heavenly, airy space, where your mind and soul can rest. (More on this subject in another post.)
Knowing yourself is important when it comes to decorating your rooms. Creating this journal has taught me things about myself I never knew. I discovered that while I love beautiful things, I'm really a closet minimalist who becomes stressed living in a crowded environment.
I have some key words I use when decorating a room:
Here are some of the pages in my journal. Enjoy!
Often times I pair words that reflect my design aesthetic with the photos I love.
I've had this photo for years! This is the first bedroom I fell in love with in a magazine . . . Victoria magazine.
Photos taken from: Victoria Magazine, Carolyn Quartermaine, Cath Kidston, Paris Apartment, eBay