being true to yourself

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‘Be honest about what you love, because it’s always important to be charmed and seduced by where you live.’

I read this quote by UK interior designer Tara Bernerd in Living etc magazine the other day, and I thought it summed up really succinctly everything I think about how you should feel about your home and the way you choose to decorate it.

I think it is always important to be true to yourself, and the things that you love.
Personally I have never been a slave to so-called decorating trends. By nature my homes are eclectic and evolve over time as I add and subtract and recolour and rearrange. I like a little edge to my aesthetic, and I’m always prepared to experiment with a wild card or two. However, one can’t be immune to industry or magazine or retail or social media influences, and sometimes staying true to yourself isn’t easy. Particularly if you suddenly worry about being out of step with what everyone else may or may not be doing.

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I was pondering this thought this morning as I dragged a semi-reluctant Bruno the dog on a walk through the town belt. It’s always so quiet up there in the morning and I find myself thinking about all sorts of life’s important things!

So the fact that I like a little colour in my life and style is being true to myself. And yet, if social media, and particularly instagram, is a barometer of current interior trends, then it would seem that soft-muted-no-colour colour is definitely popular right now. Many of my instagram friends adore this look and style, and when I look at some of their beautiful instagram feeds I completely love their quiet, beautiful aesthetic.

And then I look at my instagram feed, and it is exactly the opposite. Awash with colour. If I’m being complimentary to myself, then I would like to think that my images are awash with sunshine. And completely me. And I love them. But on one of my Virgo critical days, then all I see is me, solo on the colour wheel while everyone else is #mybeigelife and popular.

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But, as I reminded myself while on my walk, being true and honest about the things that you love is really the heart and spirit of a home. I personally couldn’t live a monochromatic life. Perhaps I’m too lazy, but shutting out or restricting myself to a monochromatic colour palette sounds like hard work to me. Even in the quiet, soft instagram feeds that I love, my eye seeks out, and finds, that soft hint of colour, the dove grey, the blushest of blush pinks, a whisper of blue. I think all these thoughts and then, considering I am on a morning nature ramble, look to nature for my cue. This morning it is a brilliant blue sky, and underneath, a fresh tree canopy of green. Nothing monochromatic about that at all.

And I realise that if nothing else, I am true to myself and the things that lift my spirits.

Amanda xx

(styling and photography Amanda Holland for perfectly imperfect living)

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  • Jan Fry

    March 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Perfectly said! Always be your beautiful self.

    • Amanda

      March 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks so much Jan. I think that most of the time I’m perfectly happy with my perfectly imperfect ways! xx

  • Hayley

    March 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I am a monochrome girl! I like to live in shades of grey, white and black, I use plants to accent as well as lots of lovely texture. BUT, I love to look at homes with colour – I adore your home, I love your instagram and blog but it wouldnt be what I would choose for myself to live in. I hav’nt always been that way; I used to use a lot of colour but as I’ve gotten older – eek 40-something – I just crave the monochrome thing and a home should always be about the dweller – about what is right for them, it should always tell their story. So keep on with your colour so I can love it from afar xxx

    • Amanda

      March 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      A home should definitely always be about those who live there and the things they love Hayley, so I completely understand your sentiments. Perfectly imperfect in every way. Thanks for your lovely comment. I so appreciate it! xx

  • Mo

    March 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Perfect 🙂

    I’m not an overly colour girl nor am I am monochrome girl…..I’m somewhere in the middle. As much as I admire both I do like being in the middle, little bit of vintage, little bit of contemporary and a little bit of everything else. It is nice to see all these lovely images as the home magazines that I adore at the moment are all becoming a bit same same…. show me the individuals every time.


    • Amanda

      March 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

      This sounds like a little bit of perfectly imperfect living to me Mo, with a lot of what you love. Thanks for your lovely comment. xx