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What’s Your Style? Defining Style + Why it Matters

defining style


Whether you are a design professional, design enthusiast, or design novice we all have a sense of style. For some of us defining that sense of style may come more naturally than for others. Some of us have a very clear sense style that has stayed with us since we were very young. For others style is something that evolves and meanders as we grow and evolve throughout the course of our lives. Whether it is part of your defining essence or simply a representation of you at a moment in time, your style in many ways is your face to the world. More importantly your personal style says something about how you like to live.

defining style


When we take a moment to think about the things that make us happy and ultimately how we like to live we allow ourselves to be our truest selves. Feeling safe, inspired, relaxed, and ultimately your definition of awesome in your clothing, hair, home, etc. is absolutely essential to living our best life.

defining style


So that is the why as I see it – now on to the how. I do not believe any of us are one note creatures. We all have many things that will resonate with us and make us happy. There is just no need to pigeonhole yourself into one word like traditional or modern. You will find more truth in coining your own word or phrase that represents the many different facets of you! For example I define my personal style as simple, clean, fresh and chic. This is a really fun exercise to try. Go ahead, don’t be shy! It is amazing how considering this will make it easier to make design decisions.

defining style


Once you have your personal definition of your style you can use it to view everything through this lens. It will make it easier for you to avoid the sensory overload that happens when you have all those beautiful options in front of you on your next shopping trip. I invite you to consider and come up with your magic words or phrase. Close your eyes and think about your “happy place”. What does it look like? Smell like? What do you hear? What are you wearing? You’ll see the definition of your style will become pretty clear when you just think about what makes you happiest!

defining style


10 Easy Decor Ideas for a Late-Summer Soiree

Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?


First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!


1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!



2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.



3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.



4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.



5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.



6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.



7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.



8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.



9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.


photos courtesy of Studio DIY


10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.



Happy Summer!


xx madison

just in: IKEA goes rustic

Like Kristina said a few days ago, wood is everywhere in design right now. She noted it in bathrooms, I’m loving it in plank-walled bedrooms, kitchen islands with live-edge reclaimed wood counters, and definitely in furniture and accessories.

So there was a little bit of squealing at my desk when I saw a preview of IKEA’s latest collection, coming out in October. It’s all worn-in textiles, accessories that feel a little bit This? Just a family thing I brought down from the farm in Vermont., and raw wood furniture (my fav!).


Where else are you guys seeing this trend? And be real: Are you as in love with it as I am?

–Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor, Better Homes & Gardens

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