3 WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN AWESOME STYLE
Whether you're brand new to my blog (well hey there!) or you've been a reader for a while, one thing is probably very apparent on arrival: I don't 'do' trends. It's just not me. I've always been anti mainstream and if someone else has something - let alone if lots of people have it - I don't like it. I remember even back in primary school when people would copy my shoes or hairstyle, I would hate it. Mum always told me that it was a compliment, but even aged 5 I felt the burning rage every time it happened. I have always wanted to be different and what's important to me is that my home is a reflection of who I am as a person, and not just that I have good style.
The way I reflect this in my home is by trying my best to find really individual pieces. Antiques, vintage and retro are usually my first places to look, after that I look for unique makers or indie sellers. Etsy is a wicked resource for all of this kinda stuff - you know that everything you find is a limited run and isn't something that every Tom, Dick and Harry is going to own.
If you want to start thinking more about showcasing your own style rather than a take on someone else's, then here are some tips to get you feeling a little bit more confident.
1. Start a scrapbook
No, Pinterest doesn't count!
The best thing I ever did was start a personal style scrapbook. I've been adding to it over about 6 years now and it's been like a bible for creating my own look. It's completely eclectic but I have managed to find the thread that ties it all together and makes it my own. Here's a whole blog post I wrote about how to start your own personal style scrapbook and how it can help you discover and hone your own decor look.
2. DO THE RESEARCH
Magazines and exhibitions etc are great for providing inspiration but they only show you what people are talking about NOW. The best and most exciting influences can come from history, movies, Art and music.
Whenever I'm trying to really hone in on what I like and it actually being true I turn to these areas like on this recent trip to Copenhagen's Glyptoteket museum. A stroll around a gallery or museum can do more to trigger decor ideas than anything I ever read in Elle Decoration (sorry guys). Why? Because I know it's not hype. It's not just me seeing something that someone important has said is cool and therefore my subconscious has decided it likes it. Like those god awful outfits Kylie Jenner wears that somehow I keep trying to buy on ASOS with rips and so many strings to tie bits up and arrrgh I'm so confused.
3. TAKE A LEAP
No one ever created anything interesting by sitting on their hands or wondering if people were going to judge them. Your home is YOUR home at the end of the day. You should be in love with it. you should look around and see items and colours and styles that bring you absolute joy. It's a sad, sad world if we are more concerned about whether people might think we are 'unstylish' because we chose those two kitsch animal print chairs that we've always wanted.
Please, just go for it. Life is too short. Style is subjective. Things being tacky or classy is also subjective. Who defines good taste?
Stop living within these imaginary boundaries and have fun.
Just do it.
WHY ETSY ARE ABSOLUTELY BANGING THIS ETHOS
Recently Etsy got in touch and asked if I'd like to work with them on a campaign. Of course I was well up for it as have been buying everything from my magic super power crystals to ornaments and clothes on Etsy for years. But then they told me what the campaign was called, #differencemakesus, and I was SO INTO IT.
#differencemakesus is all about celebrating the differences in what makes us unique, what gives us our own style and what represents our own personality.
Not cookie cutter moulds of what the influencers tell us is cool, but instead, actual realness.
I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this movement, and I'm even more excited to tell you about the Etsy Everyday Emporium which is open early November in London. Each day they will have 100 different variations of the same product, the perfect way to show the broad range and depth of Etsy's different sellers and products.
· Wednesday 2 November: Pet Beds
· Thursday 3 November: Clocks
· Friday 4 November: Mug
· Saturday 5 November: Cushions
The best bit is that your money is no good there - instead you have to share a snap on instagram of your favourite item in order to 'buy' it. Yep you got that right, you could actually receive your favourite item for free just by sharing an insta snap! Be quick though, I imagine this one's gonna be a road block cos there's only one of each item so it's first come first served!
Here are the full deets:
WHAT: Etsy Everyday Emporium
WHERE: Gallery Different, 14 Percy St, London W1T 1DR
WHEN: Wednesday 2 November – Saturday 5 November 2016
OPENING TIME: 12-7.30pm Wednesday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday
COST: Free entry! Just turn up :)
I'll be going down there myself to see if I can get my hands on any goodies!
Do you also have any tips on how you can hone your own decor style that I can share with my readers?
*This campaign is in collaboration with the awesome folks at Etsy. The pink Art Deco Vases, mantel clock and sitting girl framed print are all products found on Etsy that I received as part of this collaboration*