being true to yourself
‘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.
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.
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.
(styling and photography Amanda Holland for perfectly imperfect living)