F Simple and Serene Living: TRENDY DECOR 09 10
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

TRENDY DECOR

I  have a confession to make. I am not a trendy decorator. You probably already knew that about me, but I thought I would reiterate it just in case you were wondering. Okay, I know you weren't.

To me, home decor, like clothing, is an extension of your personality. It says something about who you are and what your comfort zone is. 

secretary desk vintage contents display

The latest trends, in my opinion, for a large part are about keeping designers and manufacturers in business, and of course I am all for free enterprise, but I believe finding your style should also be about finding what feels right to you. 

kitchen spice rack primitive

When I think back to my homes over my adult life I realize that although I have always loved looking at decor styles and incorporating some aspects into my home, my bottom line has always been comfort. 

chintz settee English cottage

I want to walk in my front door, look around, and feel at home.

I want to wake up in the morning and feel happy with my surroundings. 

home decor chair ottoman

If following the latest trend is what makes you happy, that is wonderful. Some people love buying new wardrobes every year. I not only can't afford to do that, I'm just not that into it. In the same way, some people love changing their decor on a regular basis.

English cottage apartment

I will probably never be trendy in my decor, but I am happy with it. 

Are you a trend setter, do you follow the current trends, do you simply set your own style, or are you a combination of the above?
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22 comments:

  1. Never a trend setter or follower! I see some trends I enjoy adding to my home at times, but mostly I'm very eclectic! No matchy matchy and things have to be useful, much loved or much needed. Your home is comfy and you! Hugs!!

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  2. I'm with you, Linda. No matchy matchy for me either. :)

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  3. Your home looks so cozy and classic in your photographs. I agree with you about trends. I don't usually follow trends, and have had the same blue and white, as much delft as I can, and colorful glass pieces (cobalt blue, red, or milk glass) items as my favorites. If I like something for one decade, I usually like it for the next three or four decades. I like handed down family things, old items with personality, and curiosities. Though as I think about decorating, some of what starts as a trend, continues on to become classic. But to me, at this time, a lot of the trends feel kind of like they are designed to be trashed in a year or two, to make room for the next new thing, as the manufacturers and stores make more and more money. Maybe at my age being on trend is not so important anymore. I've just seen too much go from "on trend" to "in trash" through the years.

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    1. We definitely sound like we are on the same page, Susie.

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  4. Your decor is lovely, Laura! We should always be surrounded with what makes us feel at home. I love lots of vintage mixed with some modern in my decor...

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    1. I definitely have mostly vintage in my home, but my chair that I sit in is newer, although purchased from a consignment store.

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  5. I love your style, very comfortable, peaceful and if it makes you happy, and it would me, then you are doing the right thing for you.

    I don't follow trends either. I'm eclectic, bohemian , cottagey, just living my life one day at a time.

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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    1. It is very serene and peaceful. What could be better for any of us. Happy fall to you too.

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  6. Hi Laura, I am a long time follower but rarely comment. I think age makes the difference with me, along with my situation. We are 60ish and are now in the home we plan to retire in. I no longer have to think about resale. What a relief! The interesting thing is that what I have done with this house is very similar to our very first home - a rental - filled with inexpensive much-loved things. Feels like Home.

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    1. So glad you took the time to comment, Jacqueline. Sounds like you have found your perfect home for this time of your life. It is so wonderful to no longer be worrying about mortgage payments.

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  7. I think I'm a follower just because I don't have an eye for decorating. For years, I just bought random things that I liked. That slowly evolved into a country style, helped by the fact that we did, in fact, live in the country. Two years ago, we downsized and moved into a patio home. The best influence I've gotten from blogs since then is to minimize and banish clutter!

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    1. I'm not sure there is any wrong way to decorate when it is your home. Decorating with things that you love is what is most important. Banishing clutter is so freeing. :)

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  8. I am like you... love the older things that feel more comfortable. I don't even like to walk around a furniture store. Unless, it is a resale shop! I think we have only had one new couch in our married life of 50 years. We want our grand children and great grandchildren to come & enjoy our home. Another nick in the wood, doesn't hurt a thing! I absolutely hate shopping for clothes, except at goodwill & other consignment shops. So, I guess we are also alike. Enjoy the fall weather!

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    1. This is probably why so many of us have found each other.

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  9. I've never been "on trend".. my entire life I just buy things I love, with no idea how they will fit in or match anything. My "stuff" is things I love, handed down to me from other family members, etc. and nothing really matches.. but I love it all and that's what's important. I do NEED a chair that is good for my back, so that is about the only thing we bought new about 10 years ago! Pretty much all of my furniture is from thrift stores or family. I like to walk around in my house and enjoy all the little things... the furniture is just furniture to me.... has to be usable and comfortable... nothing matches as I've said! But I love it all and it feels like "home" to me... and anyone who enters always comments how cozy it is.. that's what I like, cozy, warm, comfy, surrounding me in sweetness and nostalgia. Your home reflects YOU and reflects the same thing.. comfort, cozy, warm and favorite "things" surrounding you! I'm the same way with clothes.. I still have and wear many things that are at least 20 years old.... very rarely buy something new, maybe one top a year and a few things from the thrift store.

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  10. It is so important to love what you have in your home. I shopped for new clothes last fall, and they will probably last me for awhile.

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  11. Your words speak to my soul. I could move right into your darling apartment and feel right at home. I am not trendy either. My home and my wardrobe are classics. It's what makes me feel comfortable. I know many bloggers who feel that they need to keep up with every new trend that comes along, and like you, I will never be one of them. I don't like cookie cutter neighborhoods either, which is one of the things I love about our neighborhood. Each house is unique and there are many styles. So hold up your pretty little chin and be yourself always. It's what I love about you!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  12. Love this post AND your comfy, cozy home! I love vintage, chippy and rusty - always have so am on trend right now. In fact - the other day my daughter mentioned that my style is now the trend. haha. It will always be my style cause I love being surrounded by comfy, time worn and handed down treasures. Estate sales and garage sales are my favorite places to shop. I also love having house plants in my home - african violets, swedish ivy, and devils ivy.

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  13. I love your decor, Laura. That is my style too, using old hand me downs from previous generations. To me, that makes my home cozy and comfortable. I'm not into trends as far as buying the latest decor. I like to look but rarely buy these days as I have a lot of 'old' things to incorporate in our home. I enjoyed the peeks into your home today. It is lovely and cozy. Have a wonderful weekend. xx Pam

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  14. That was a lovely post! I also don't like to follow all the new trends as they change much faster than my taste does! It also happens to be the same for fashion. My boots are really old and I'm looking for the exact same ones... But can't find them!

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  15. Your home is lovely, Laura, and inviting. I'm not at all into trends. What appeals to me in home decor is that which looks cozy and comfy. I don't change my decor very often. If I like something, it stays put. House plants are a must for me, I think they add a lot to a home. As far as my clothing is concerned, I'm in blue jeans and jackets when going out in fall or winter and sweats while at home. Warmer weather finds me in capris and tee shirts or nice shirts for going out. And I tend to wear the sames clothes until they fall apart. lol! I saw recently that a new trend this year is to wear denim pants rolled up with shorty boots. I saw someone dressed that way the other day and I can't say that, imo, it looked all that good. Definitely a trend that I won't follow. I say we should wear what looks good on us, which isn't necessarily what the designers are pushing at the moment. :)
    Take care and enjoy this beautiful day! xo Cheryl

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