Refining Your Authentic Style

Refining Your Authentic Style - The Inspired Room

I love getting inspiration for my home all over the place. Sometimes when I’m taking a walk, looking through a magazine, or window shopping I’ll see something that speaks to me and know instantly it’s a vibe or a look or even a texture that I would love to have reflected in my own home (remember my decorating lessons from Anthropologie?).

This little scene inspired me while wandering around near my home in Seattle this weekend, so I snapped a quick iPhone photo before anyone noticed. I’m always trying to be stealth like that. (Disclaimer: I don’t know who that man is in my pic, but I bet he doesn’t realize he’s a feature at the top of my blog today. Hello, sir. Hope you don’t mind.).

As I was standing there enjoying this space in a store called Lucca, I noticed I really loved the textures, the colors and the quirkiness that all came together in this part of the shop. I was especially taken with it all because there were so many familiar elements in one spot that I already have in my home now or used in my last house (and will still likely incorporate here over time!).

The mix of elements like open rattan display shelves filled with visual delights, quirky animals and whales, antique lighting and chandeliers, some chippy furniture mixed in here and there, chalkboards, and navy walls aren’t just things I happen to have, but they are all things I still love. 

My new home will have unique things about it of course because it’s a different house and I’m always evolving creatively, but I am pretty sure that by the time I’ve lived here for years, it will reflect all the things I love in one way or another. When you follow your heart, you always take that with you.

Your home should be a reflection of who you are, too!

It takes time to get to know your home and to get to know yourself. Don’t hesitate to incorporate the styles, colors and textures you discover along the way that make YOU happy. Refine what works, edit out what doesn’t. You’ll find a mix that inspires you.

That’s what I love about personal style, it’s a process of discovering who you are, refining what you love and then becoming more confident in what makes YOU you so you can reflect that authentically in your home.

What elements in a home make YOUR heart flutter?

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Mug Rack: Kitchen Coffee Station

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Years (and several houses) ago I set up my first coffee station in our kitchen. We currently live in Seattle, home of the original Starbucks, so it probably goes without saying that coffee has been a big deal in the Northwest for almost as far back as I can remember (I’ve lived in the NW for almost my entire life).

If you are a coffee or tea lover, a dedicated zone for a coffee station is worth considering for any kitchen remodel. Even if you aren’t remodeling, a special spot for coffee (or tea) can give your kitchen a homey functional appeal!

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Mug Tree // Mugs

I loved my little mug tree I bought for our old house several years ago and the colorful mugs I collected to hang on it. While I still have my original mug tree, a few months ago I bought a taller mug tree that can hold a lot more coffee mugs (and doesn’t take up any more space on the counter) to accommodate a growing pretty mug collection.

I actually had already set up a coffee station in this house (it was probably the first thing I set up here, haha), but sadly, the day I brought my new mug tree home was the day my beloved coffee maker died. SADNESS! After zillions of years of faithful service brewing my morning coffee (and let’s be honest, often my afternoon coffee too), it unexpectedly stopped working. SORROW!

Our coffee maker was so reliable and made great coffee for years and years (check out similar models here), I highly recommend it.

Nespresso Coffee Station with Mug Rack

Ever since my coffee maker bit the dust, I’ve used my Nespresso (which I really like as well, mostly because it makes GREAT foam even without milk/the milk frother) but life without my old coffee maker has not been the same. I do plan to get a new espresso maker to go with my new mug tree, it is just a matter of saving up my pennies. I’ll let you know what I decide to get, I very well may get the same brand as I had before.

Wood Mug RackFröken Turkos / Photo by Lina Ikse / via House of Turquoise

Mug TreeMug Tree

Besides the joy of selecting a beautiful mug to go with your coffee each morning, there’s something so charming about the form+function of a mug tree on a kitchen counter. I’m all for a clean and streamlined space, but the warmth and charm of seeing a coffee station all set up, inviting me to enjoy my daily ritual makes it a welcome addition to my kitchen. The mug tree really doesn’t take up a lot of room on the counter, and they hold so many mugs that it saves a lot of space in the cabinet, too!

wall mug rack via Baked Bree

Wall Mug Rack Source — Cute mug wall via Baked Bree blog

If you really don’t have space on your counter for coffee mugs, you could add a charming wall mug rack. Or even just use cup hooks under a cabinet to accomplish the same thing.

Coffee station christmas

We even used a small tiered stand for coffee mugs one Christmas, which really is a great idea if you only need a few mugs!

DIY Mug Rack Coffee Station
My daughter made a DIY mug rack with a rod and hooks for her coffee station (above), it’s so cute and perfect for even small spaces.

A mug rack would be an adorable addition to an informal dining room, too, so you can be creative about the location of your coffee station.

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Stay tuned for more kitchen ideas and inspiration as we continue with Kitchen Month in our Best of the Best series!

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Do you have a coffee station in your home?

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