How to Find Your Design and Creative Style

Hello and welcome! 

I'm so excited to finally have this space. A place dedicated to all things creative, DIY, home design and urban gardening! I'm no stranger to blogging and have been doing so since 2008 but haven't had a space that focuses solely on creativity for several years. AND, since I believe creativity is such an incredible life-force, I'm finally pushing publish and sharing with you all. Thank you for stopping by. 

I figured what better first post then one that focuses on how to develop and craft your home design and creative style. This is something that took me a very long time to hone so please believe me when I say; I understand how frustrating it can feel at times. Seriously, in my twenties I would have my Interior Designer mom come over and decorate my apartments for me. I’m not even kidding. It scared me that much. I felt so out of my element. However, one of the things I realized was that I lacked trusting myself and believing in the things I find beautiful. 

Home design and creativity in general is first and foremost, very personal. I believe your home is a representation of  your life. It's a place to kick up your feet and get cozy, entertain, relax, celebrate, and overall, live a beautiful life. And for those of us that are serious homebodies, our homes are very sacred spaces. 

I didn't begin to tap into my creative side until I lived in my very first home on a fifty acre vineyard and farm in the Oregon Wine Country way back in another lifetime. It was during this time that I slowly began to figure out what my style was and it's definitely changed over the last six years. And I can pretty much guarantee that it will continue to evolve over time. Trusting and accepting this is step one. 

I've thought long and hard about how I turned my fear and impending dread of home decorating, DIY and creative adventures into my most treasured passion and hobby and I’ve come up with a few things I believe will help ease your anxiety and fears when it comes to getting creative.

I truly believe that everyone has a creative side and that it's our souls way of communicating to the world. Sometimes it just takes time, patience and building the confidence to slowly hone your own personal style.

Just relax and have fun with it and hopefully these tips will help you do just that. 

 1. PINNING! Pinterest, Your New Best Friend.

Pinterest has an incredible value when it comes to decorating, getting crafty, finding great new recipes and just about anything else you can think of. I believe it is hands down one of the best one-stop places to find ideas for just about anything you fancy.

Pinterst is an amazing resource because you can create various boards for specific needs. You can check out mine and follow me here. I recently deleted almost every board I had and started over. It felt really great to clean it up and only pin what I believe adds value. 

However, be warned! It can also be an incredible time suck and feed insecurities. My rule is to remember that most of these beautiful pictures have been staged to draw you in. Which is awesome because you can pull bits and pieces from these photos and add them to your real life. I usually allow myself about fifteen minutes to peruse and pin and then I shut her down otherwise you'll end up going down the rabbit hole and before you know it, three hours will have gone by and you'll have about twenty-five different web browsers open. 

2. Pay Attention to What Lights You Up

Over the years certain looks and styles would made my heart flutter. When I lived on the vineyard and farm I was drawn to more of a country farmhouse vibe. Now that I live in a little bungalow in a smaller beach town north of San Diego, I find myself drawn to a more eclectic, bohemian, mid-century feel. And house plants. green looks good just about anywhere. 

When you see certain design elements that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside, take note. That's what you are drawn to. I use to have no trust in my decorating abilities and would just put things in certain places because I felt like I had to. It's okay to leave a space blank until you find the perfect thing for it. And always trust your intuition. Every time I second guess myself I end up regretting it, especially when it comes to adding a new piece of furniture. 

3. When in Doubt, Add a Houseplant

Seriously, I think I have over thirty-five houseplants ranging from cacti to leafy greens to small succulents. I'll compose a list of what I think are some of the best for those of you who have yet to discover your green thumb but in my humble opinion, there is always room for another houseplant. 

House plants add texture, depth and demension to any room. Put them on plant stands, in corners, on shelves and tables and you got yourself one lively living and clean air space.

4.Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

In the beginning, until you get a groove going, find what you like and mimic your little heart out. That is how I learned and that is what my mom taught me. This is also where Pinterest and Instagram come in handy. Create various boards like these on Pinterest and screenshot photos your like on Instagram so when you are out and about you know what to look for. 

Imitation is flattering, straight up coping someone isn't. So use your best judgement and give credit where credit is due. 

Eventually, over time, you'll see things and just know its part of your vibe.  

5. Stop Stressing and Just Have Fun

I believe that creativity is the souls way of communicating to the world. Your home can be a direct reflection of that and filling it with things you love should be about having fun and giving people little snippets of who you are and what you love. Be patient with yourself. You don't have to do everything over night! 

And if you really just have no interest in designing your home, there are professionals you can hire to help you. Cough, Cough, wink, wink. (head to contact tab and say hi!)

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