But in order to do that, I need to define what that style is. I realized I've never really done that on this blog--set down in black and white what I personally like to live with. My style doesn't have a clear label, but I grativate toward a cottagey, bohemian feel. I like to think of it as an updated, much more colorful shabby chic look. I love found objects, natural fabrics, morrocan prints, slipcovers, books, and glass lamps. The main atmosphere I want to create is that of comfort, with a touch of boho decadance--the feeling that a visitor would want to settle in with a glass of wine or whisky for a long discussion about, well, anything and everything under the sun.
I also love cats on a sofa, as well as origanl art (glimpsed in corner) and plain terracotta pots used indoors and out.
I love cheerful paint in a kitchen, shaker style cabinets, and a working look--accents coming from utensils and plates instead of accessories.
I love fresh flowers, especially in something unusual as a vase, and food used as decoration---for a non-Italian, I love me some garlic.
I also love to accent the kitchen with colorful friends---here is the vamp over for a Mardi Gras party.
I especially like bouquets made from foilage from my own yard.
And I love found pieces, like this great sign I found by a dumpster, used as art. And horizontal stripes, i love those.
And cozy rooms piled with pillows and an ottoman to put your feet up on for watching tv.
I love upholstered head boards and neutral bedding. And kitties enjoying a sunbeam.
There's nothing like a porch swing.
I love orange, white and turquoise, and even more when they're all together.
These things may not be to everybody's taste, but that all right. That's why ice cream comes in at least 32 flavors. For me personally, I'll always choose colorful over chic, comfortable over elegant, and personal over convetionally tasteful. After growing up in a quiet house with every wall clad in pecan paneling, sensible brown furniture, and an aura of respectibility, I always yearned for somthing a little more La Vie Boheme---colorful, and funky, and over-run with animals and guests. Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it....and it just might be exactly what you wanted.