I will begin at the beginning, which goes way, way back. :-)
The first clue I had that I might be interested in decorating was when I was a little girl. I liked to have my dolls lined up on my bed and my Barbie doll clothes in order. I doubt that I did this every day...but I have a picture in my mind of the dolls sitting on top of my bed. I wanted my room to look pretty!
Moving on, as far as dorm living...it was pretty basic. But I kept my space neat and tidy. (A messy environment messes with my head.) I think maybe I had matching bedspreads and a rug.
I spent my junior year of college living in France with a French family...so I had a huge French armoire for my clothes...and a basic bed. All bed linens were supplied. The room had a table in the middle for studying or eating. Through out the year I was exposed to French style as it was in everyday homes and in displays at Le Louvre. I was developing an understanding and love of European art. I found myself visiting many great works of art in Museums all over Western Europe.
My senior year of college I had a dorm room to myself, so I had a few more personal items around. I recall my room having a bookcase that I "antiqued" during the summer. Do you remember the "antiquing" fad?
To this point I have no real design style!
After college I married and hubby & I had a two room apartment. Hubby had the apartment during his first year of law school, and I just moved in after we were married. There was a living room with a mini kitchen at the end. On the other side there was one bedroom with a tiny bathroom off the hall.
|Seventies Tupperware...colors of the day. |
And I had some Tupperware like these examples!
|We were given an avocado blender as a wedding gift.|
|This looks like our grad school apartment stove. Seriously!|
Our cute little apartment had avocado green wall to wall carpet...with
coordinating avocado green appliances and kitchen light fixture. Yep...it was the early seventies. There was a lot of avocado, harvest gold, orange, and brown in kitchens in those days.
We had wonderful wedding gifts, some of which we brought to the apartment. My mother-in-law's cousin gave us a beautiful Paul Sawyer print. (traditional) We brought that for wall decor. Though thinking back...it may have been too nice for our apartment. ha! We were concerned about someone breaking in. It was nice to have a comfortable apartment and furnishings since we "lived" there when we were not in class. We basically went to class...then came home to study. I thought that our home environment was important to being happy and settled. I fixed vignettes here and there to make the place cute...with what we had. There was no extra money for decorating or the fun things happening in and around Louisville. ha!
For our first Christmas tree in the apartment...we bought a cheap one, plus one string of lights and one box of ornaments. We thought it was beautiful! ha.
After grad and law school we bought our first home. The house we found was a cute brick ranch with all hardwood floors. This is where my design and décor gene went into gear. We painted every room in the house! And we bought a new sofa. The sofa was our first piece of married furniture. Next we bought our first piece of really nice furniture, a cherry Ethan Allen butler's tray table. We still use it in fact. I love the memories. We needed a table and chairs...so my father and father-in-law helped us out. I chose a solid cherry dining table (American Drew), with matching cherry windsor chairs and buffet. My own style is emerging at this point, and it looks traditional.
|My mid seventies Ethan Allen coffee table. Still in use today!|
The next house was a two story rustic style. The only new furniture we bought was a sofa and two matching brown velvet swivel chairs for the family room. The sofa was long and low, very square and contemporary, with brownish velvet. Oh the seventies! We lived here for several years and brought two babies home from the hospital to this house. We had avocado appliances...again.
|My brass chandy today. Brass is back!|
|Still using my rug and Chippendate today.|
|My Williamsburg Brass candlesticks from the eighties...today.|
|The lighting is not the best in this pic...but it is a dark room half of the day.|
My design style is still traditional...but a curated one that has room for some transitional touches in fabrics and accent pieces. I still have plenty of solid traditional items, but I am having fun looking for a bit of modern fabric to cover chairs. I am thinking of modern traditional...which I guess is called transitional these days.
Oh my gosh...I think I have been into traditional style from the beginning. It took me years of reading and researching to learn the history behind the the terms Federal, Chippendale, Duncan Phyfe, Queen Anne, and more. My flavor of traditional incorporates my love of English style as well as what is called Southern Traditional. Oh how I love to tour old homes and plantation houses of the south too.
|borrowed pic...showing updated fabrics on traditional style chairs.|
I am kind of a mixed up with my style...but traditional is at the base of it.