Look, this is a difficult one. I have rewritten this post about 10 times by now, and I don’t know how to stop deleting this one. When designing a space, people always like to boast about how personal te space is. How it has it’s own identity. On the other hand, I get a lot of questions about how I inject personality into a space. I can’t give a cookie cutter answer, but I can tell you how I do it. That way, you can do it as well: but in your own way. Welcome to the messiest #Blogvember post ever.
Getting inspired by people instead of showrooms
This blogpost is all over the place, but I want to start with an important preface. In the past, people looked at stores and brands to set the trends. Showrooms and press photo’s were the main source of inspiration to “the people”. Nowadays, that has changed. People look at likeminded people online to find inspiration. It’s no longer about a clean cut set of furniture and decor items, it’s more so about the vibe and the lifestyle that’s portrayed on social media. I am a big time fan of this development, because it reflects a more personal approach to home decor.
Don’t forget your roots
I live in Amsterdam, but I was not born here. I also don’t have a lot of family here in Amsterdam. That’s why it is important to me to have reminders of that in my home here. I have a picture with a photo from my sister’s wedding on display, even though it doens’t go with my “decor style”. I like it there. I also have a typewriter that belonged to my grandfather. He was an (amateur) author and I like to think I got my love for words from him. Above my bed I have an old newspaper, a local newspaper to the area I was born. Seeing names of shops, streets and villages I know all to well daily on the wall keeps me grounded and rooted.
It’s not perfect, but it’s mine
Besides the fact that I believe in the sutainability behind not throwing anything out “just because”, I also believe it adds character to the space. My furniture and decor items are far from perfect. They sometimes clash in colour, or are a bit battered and scratched. It’s all trash, but it’s my trash. Some stuff I have owned for over 15 years, and I plan on keeping for another 50 years or so. My rugs for example do clash, but for now that’s just how it is. Might I change it up in the future? Sure! But then it would still be something I like, not something that looks perfect. I’m just a messy person, so that will never be my life I guess.
More abstract storytelling
People ask all the time about the stuff I have on my wall. They’re all not that expensive, but they look interesting (I think) because of the way they are paired. It’s not like I bought 5 posters from one shop one day and viola: I had a gallery wall. I pieced it together over the span of years and years, and plan to keep doing so for years to come. All my pieces reflect something of me or of what I like. My love for forests and nature, or my interest in organic human forms and shapes. In no way do I want to see myself as an artist, but I have an artistic view towards decor. Which sometimes comes with “not following the rules”.
This space is being lived in
What I think is important in the way we get inspired by social media, is keeping it as real as possible. Granted, I won’t show you my place after a busy week with days worth of dishes and a floor filled with clean and dirty clothes: but I’m trying to keep it kind of real. I’m trying to refrain from setting up shots (you know, the perfectly placed cup of coffee, a magazine, delicious pastries, etc). I also show that I live here. So my sheets on my bed are wrinkled, my pillows on my daybed are a bit messy. This also reflects my personality, because I too don’t always look “perfect”. And I have no desire to do so either.
Applying my tips to your personality
Look: per definition, you will have a different personality and in turn a different approach to achieve a personal styled space. I think this post is mostly meant to challenge you to think of these things, which hopefully give you ideas on how to bring your personality into the space. Thanks again for reading, and I’ll see you on Instagram or tomorrow for another #Blogvember post!