Really, I don't want basic and I don't want a mishmash, so I would like to define my style a bit before we get too far. Thinking about clothes and how I have thought through my style this last year thanks to some fun blogs (more on that in another post) I have discovered some truths about myself that I think will be useful here.
I am not Romantic. I don't like ruffles or florals on my clothing, and I think we can safely rule it out for the house too. Even traditional and intricate antiques are a bit too much for me in big doses.
I am not Trendy. Looking like everyone else is not for me. I am excited by colour trends though, so I would like to have some flexibility in accent colours. My house has had some version of blue in it (and a bit of green) since I have had a house of my own. So keep blue and green in mind.
I like Vintage. I like un-frilly vintage things. In my wardrobe I think this means a bit of 30's/40's/50's styling and in my house it means pieces with patina that happily show their age.
I like Natural. I like being outdoors, I like denim, I like the worn in look. In the house I like wood, and primitive things, a bit of nature.
I read a lot of country decorating magazines, never the fancy magazines with perfect formal houses! But when I first got married I was enthralled with modern, minimalist style and everything had to be chrome.
When I saw Style at Home I thought I was all about the Belgian Farmhouse look described as "natural", "clean" and "casual". Did I mention that everything about us as a family is casual?The mauves are to feminine and the brights make my head hurt. Then I flipped a few pages and saw the Industrial Schoolhouse spread. I think I gasped. It is lovely.
Described as "retro", "functional, yet clean, simple". It is the perfect way for my country and modern ideas to meet. I think it will work well with the classic and caftsman pieces we already have. It is casual, vintage and natural, and now I just need to get my hands on all the galvanized metal I can find!
Oh, and these pictures are sneak peaks of my new improved mantel. Remember back here I said I was working on it? Well I have made progress, but it is not perfect yet!