If you can believe it, one of the questions I get the most at initial or early client meetings, is about my personal design style. It’s an interesting question because I don’t necessarily think of my personal style as tied to Studio Envie. Yes, I can see how they relate, because my style drives how I design, but ultimately I design for my clients and their styles. There are also other factors that impact my own style. So today I’m breaking it down for you (and maybe a little bit for me too!)
First, let’s talk about some of the factors that impact my own personal design. I live with my husband, which usually means some compromise when it comes to designing. I'm not saying he doesn't have good taste, but it's not always my taste. The point we’re at in our life is also a huge factor – we’re in the growing our family and determining where to set down roots phase. That means we still rent an apartment, we’re constantly debating buying in various locations and the way our home will be used in 5 years (or even 1 year) may be drastically different than today. And lastly, budget. Yup. We have a budget, just like all our clients, and it's not that big!
Now getting into the style side of things, I generally tend to stay away from things that are trendy as a whole. Whether it’s fashion or design, I stick to classics because it better suits who I am. (Read: Not very cool and also too lazy to keep up) However I do like to keep things looking clean and up to date. As a result, I tend to blend classic pieces with mid-century modern. I like neutrals, and I'm obsessed with texture.
Changing the wall decor is probably what I do most frequently. For years, I hated to include pictures of people on the walls. It just felt very "college apartment" to me, which isn’t fair at all. But that's just how I felt about it. In the last year, I've found myself incorporating more pictures, including two separate feature wall installations. It's a place where I can incorporate both traditional and modern styles. A mix of vintage and modern pictures and frames.
One thing that makes me a super lame designer in my own home? I just can't bring myself to paint the walls while I'm renting. Since some things have been up in the air for us for the past few years, I hate the idea of painting, only to move a year later and have to repaint the walls white. So I just deal with it.
Today I'm sharing my home style with you. I don't think it quite has a name, but if you can think of a good one, leave it in the comments below!