Curate is a hot buzz word lately! It’s made its way from the art and design world to home decor enthusiast. It’s that almost intangible element that gives a room a one of a kind look and the personality to go with it! I’m very fond of this word because it really describes the essence of what fabulous decorators do! So today on Practically Speaking we are going to learn about curating a room!
Listen to episode #2 of our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks FINDING YOUR DECORATING STYLE and you can hear how our styles have changed over the years. You will be very surprised! It’s one of our most popular podcast episodes.
And please listen to today’s podcast episode, SECRETS OF BUYING ANTIQUES below…
If you ask me my style I will probably say classic, modern traditional with some farmhouse elements. If left to my own devices and whims I would usually lean to the formal and upscale side of decor. But I am also a creature of comfort and enjoy the charm of many farmhouse things so this bent tempers the formality in the rooms in my home! I also like a little bit of drama or something unexpected. And that is why I love black and white and a tad of whimsy!
This mix of classic, modern traditional, farmhouse, drama and whimsy are the elements I look for as I curate the rooms here at StoneGable!
As I keep adding and editing and changing StoneGable it becomes more like home to me! It feels more and more authentic. And that does not happen overnight. This living room has evolved for almost 5 years!
And that is what curating is all about. It is a room and style that looks like it evolves over time. It’s when all the pieces in a room are carefully selected to play together nicely and exude your own personal story and style! It’s adding and editing and doing it over and over. It’s collecting things you love and letting go of things that have lived out their lifecycle in your room. It’s harmony with maybe a tad of tension!
A curated look does not have to take lots of money! Oh, no! But it does take persistence, a good design eye and a dose of creativity does not hurt!
I love love love the mix of what I like to call high/low in a room! My living room is no exception. In it, you will find a couple splurge pieces. And lots of more moderately priced items I’ve collected and lots and lots of great looking things that are inexpensive!
The new chair “mod flower chair” was very inexpensive! Even though I got this chair very reasonably it is sturdy and has an updated designer fabric! Just because something does not cost much doesn’t mean we lower our standard of good looks and craftsmanship!
And because it’s not a splurge item but an accent piece I felt I could add a little bit of fun and fancy to the room!
A curated look is not for the weak of decorating heart! It takes grit and purpose and patience to put together a room that is something special. A room that looks and feels like you.
You cannot be afraid to make mistakes. And you cannot fear what others might say about your curated look. Remember it’s personal to you! And it should please YOU!
I’ve made so many mistakes in this room. But mistakes are part of the process of honing your look! You have to be brave enough to make mistakes and try again! Blunders might be painful but don’t be afraid to make them. They are useful! They help you define your look!
Quite a few chairs have come and gone in the space that is occupied by the mod flower chair! But they never really worked. This Goldilocks chair seems just right! It may not be YOUR “just right” but it is MINE!
A curated look is not apologetic because it is unique. Unique to you!
If you love decorating your home curating a look is a lifetime journey. Our homes are really never done. They just get better and better and are a sweet haven for friends, family and of course us!
How about you? Are you creating a home of curated beauty? A home that feels and looks like your authentic self?
I’ve had several inquiries about this chair. It does come in a pretty blue too. If you are interested you can see it HERE.
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