I did promise you it’s going to be a week of news here didn’t I? So as well as launching the We Make Collective this week (I still can’t believe how well that’s going!) I also have other news. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know about it – I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures. We’ve started looking for a studio!
Up until now I’ve been working from our flat which (luckily) has a spare bedroom which I took over and use as an office. The problem is I’m outgrowing the small room and taking over the rest of the house with props, materials and general mess and clutter. When I’m working on bigger projects I spend half my day piling furniture up on one side of the room to give me a space in which I can actually fit a piece to photograph it! Apart from getting the chance to flex my muscles (…) this is not ideal.
One of my biggest irks is that my living room is no longer a relaxing space for me. It’s cluttered and there’s too much furniture. Looking around it’s just one big storage space rather than an area to enjoy. One of the most exciting things about moving into a studio will be getting this room back and as soon as I had made the decision I was mentally (and Pinterestingly) planning how to whip this space back into shape!
My biggest problem with decorating is that I’m influenced by too many different styles. I have conflicting ideas of what I think I like and what I’m actually drawn to and instead of coming out as an eclectic masterpiece, I’m left with an awkward mismatch that just doesn’t quite work out.
So I’m shifting my focus. I want to trust my gut and not be scared to make decisions that are not on trend. But working out how to do this takes planning. Instead of jumping in thinking I know what I want, I’m going to plan and research like I would any other project. My worry is I’ll just plan myself into the awkward mess again because you know what, there is just TOO much choice! But I have found the perfect solution and it’s so simple it hurts. It’s something I already have and I know you will too. Are you excited?
I’m going to tell you all my secrets now!
You’re thinking ‘just get to the point!’
Ok, for reals this time. The easy way to find your signature style is…
PINTEREST! Revolutionary, I know… But while we’ve been Pinning away, saving everything we love to carefully curated project boards for others to enjoy, we’ve forgotten they are a useful resource for us too! (Well, I have anyway. The rest of you might be a little more savvy than me.)
My ‘Home details’ board has 1077 pins of rooms and details I just love. Not the things I think I should, not the things I can afford or think I need. Just pure aesthetic joy. What better place to start? I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m naturally drawn to and all this time I’ve been ignoring I have this huge resource literally at my finger tips.
So after looking over the board I think I can see some clear themes emerging. I love a clean look with accents of colour. Most of the colours are bright but at the same time earthy (I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does in my head), muted perhaps. There’s a combination of natural, raw materials next to minimal and glossy and the look is generally more grown up and traditional than I thought I would go for.
This is so far from what I have been trying to achieve. In my mind I want an all white, very modern, very minimalist look with bright, bright, bright colour accents. These ideas are so different. When I take a second around my living room I can see them colliding and clashing. I can see exactly where it’s going wrong and while it might take a while to correct it at least I now know how to.
I’m starting with these six product which I think encapture my signature style and working from there. I’m being patient with progress. It isn’t going to happen overnight. I’m hoping instead that investing in key pieces over a longer period of time will create a more cohesive look than being won over by the latest trend. Come back to me in six months and we’ll see if it’s working!