Happy Feet = Authentic Style

Remember the movie Happy Feet ? Those of you with kids probably saw it, for the rest of you, it is a kind of weird but kind of cute movie about penguins finding their inner song–their “Heart Song”. One poor little guy just couldn’t find his heart song, no matter how hard he tried. But while he couldn’t sing, he could dance. His little penguin flippers could jig like no one else. He was unique!

Finding an authentic style for your home is kind of like discovering your own Heart Song. While everyone else is following the crowd and filling their homes with meaningless objects, following the trends, ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ in home decor, you are searching for what makes YOUR HEART really sing.

Find what works for you, what YOU really love, what makes SENSE for you, what fits with things you already have and love, and build a home around it. Incorporate some trends if you like them. A few trendy items in a home full of authentic, personal style can work to bring in a little contemporary flavor without marking your home ten years from now as being redone in 2007.

The goal with authentic design is to have a home built on a lifetime of refined taste, rich memories and meaningful beauty, everything that makes you unique and interesting–not an afternoon in a trendy designer showroom.

The Inspired Room

Now for a few words about The Inspired Room™!

The Inspired Room™ is dear to my heart as it is the means by which I am able to help people find joy and beauty in their homes and lives. I consider it a great privilege to be invited into people’s homes and into their lives to help them refine their way of life through my personal vision of “interior design”–Refining Your Home for Authentic Living™.

I do not really care for the terms “decorate” or “interior design” as they have a certain pretentious, fake connotation in my mind. Like something you do to impress friends and neighbors, rather than something you experience for your own happiness and well-being.

While impressing everyone around you certainly has its appeal, it leaves you lacking in true happiness if the admiration is acquired simply through an excessive display of what you can do if you have money or copying someone else’s style–the “I bought it all at Pottery Barn” look (no offense to Pottery Barn, I love it there myself), or especially nauseating “Thanks, my designer whipped this room together while I was at the spa!”

The Inspired Room™ is unique from other decorating businesses in that I don’t want to decorate your home FOR you to show off my style or your ability to pay someone for high style. I want you to be a part of the process because you realize how personal your home is and you want to be involved in its creation.

So often we have little conversations with people (or in our minds!) about what is popular in decorating right now, what are the trends, what style of decorating do you like, what to do about your “leftover hunter green sofa” and for those truly design-challenged, what to do about your mauve and slate blue dining room you so proudly decorated in 1980.

We fret about the “rules” for choosing the right color from a stack of 3500 chips, or how to keep up with the Jones Family. Or–horror of all horrors–we ask our friend what THEY think of our taste!

I like to share what I have learned to help people find their own authentic style. If we can understand HOW to put together a lovely home, how to include color and life into our space, and how to keep our style fresh and timeless, our style will become beautiful to everyone who enters. Our authentic style will radiate a beauty that comes from a well-lived life, reflected through our things and how they are arranged in our home. No one else will be able to replicate our exact style. Nor should they!