I‘ve encouraged my daughters over the years to wear a ‘signature scent’ or have a signature type or piece of jewelry as just a fun way to express their uniqueness. Even if style isn’t your big thing, having one special look you strive for or a scent you love can help you feel special, put together, and stylish, don’t you think?
Having a signature style for our home is also something that is attainable for all of us! In any home (rented or owned, small or big!) we have the opportunity to express who we are, what we love, where we’ve been, and the type of life we live in so many ways. That will give us a one-of-a-kind style!
I love being invited into others’ homes and feeling that genuine sense of warmth that is expressed by the person and their home. That’s what I love about a signature style.
I was doing a radio interview the other day and the host asked me why sometimes she goes in one house and it feels “designed” and another house feels personal and homey? Among many reasons, I think when that happens we are sensing a deeper connection to the home expressed through their personal style.
Do you feel like you have a signature style? Maybe you haven’t really thought about it before. Or maybe you have a general idea of a style you like, but you haven’t defined it or made it your own.
A signature style can be expressed with:
– Unique furniture pieces
– An element of surprise (like unique light fixtures or quirky accessories)
– A fresh mix of colors and textures you love
– An unexpected mix of patterns
– A special collection
– Artwork that is meaningful to you
In my own home, I love having a mix of flea market finds, new furniture, hand-me-down antiques, and things that I have made or embellished to be my own.
Even if we are inspired to have similar styles or similar things to someone else, our own special mix will give us a one-of-a-kind and authentic style.
You don’t have to have a name for your signature style, just acquire what you love and what works for you. Use a color palette that inspires you. Look for unique pieces that make your heart leap with joy!
Being aware of our signature style helps immensely when planning a room or shopping for the home. Most people collect furniture and accessories over time, so knowing what to look for becomes much easier when you can quickly recognize elements that fit with your signature style.
Once you have ‘defined’ your style, remember that you don’t have to be stuck with it! Because style is so personal, you can always try new things, take risks, and keep mixing things up. Even as your style evolves, if you stay true to who you are you’ll always have an evolving signature style all your own.
I loved all the responses to my post a few months ago, “Get to Know You: Your Style“. It was so great to see how you each describe your individual styles! Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint and that’s OK, but it is fun to try to dissect what makes our style feel like US, isn’t it?
Do you have a signature style, or maybe even a signature furniture piece in your home, a unique piece that you absolutely love?
How to Add Elements of Surprise To Your Home (my guide on eBay)