Just lately I've been thinking about personal style, aesthetic values and how easy it can be to get lost and confused in a seemingly endless sea of online inspiration. I'm so easily charmed and often find myself wavering from my own personal aesthetic to a completely different style, one that isn't really 'me', purely because it looks so appealing on someone else or in someone else's home.
And so I end up with this mish-mash of clothing, furniture and objects that, despite creating a kind of eclectic charm when they're thrown together, don't always feel true to my personal style. Sometimes it just feels like a hectic, overlapping collage of 'looks' I've seen in magazines and online that I've hacked together. I think my experience as a stylist also has something to do with it - I can see potential in just about anything and truly appreciate so many different genres of design - it makes it incredibly difficult to remain faithful to what is ultimately my style. And while I do love a bit of eclectic whimsy in my life, I'm finding more and more, especially since starting a family, that I'm yearning for a sense of calm - a harmonious environment.
More recently I've been making a conscious effort to strip back to basics and dressing and decorating with items that are practical, honest and meaningful. I've stopped trying to figure out how to incorporate more colour into my wardrobe or more mid-century modern into the home... because, honestly, I'm not really a colour person... or a modernist. And while I adore a good dose of modern french pastel perfection here, effortless Scandi-Brit style here, romantic old-world industrial here and a bit of pretty Texas kitsch here, sometimes I need to remind myself to be content in admiring from a distance, and refrain from trying to recreate all these looks for myself. I guess I'm in the process of rediscovering my style identity - getting back to my roots. Sometimes that means closing those inspiration folders, logging out of pinterest and and letting things happen organically, with a little less influence. For me, I think it's just all about warmth and texture and Australia and the pieces that tell our story.
1. Our entryway. Framed family photos by Tim hang above a little rustic table found years ago in a Sydney op-shop - it is home to treasures and trinkets representing our past and present. There's coral from the beach where we wed, dried agapanthus stems from the garden outside our Sydney apartment, a tiny stone house we bought in Croatia (Paddy really had to convince me on it but now I just love it), a beautiful brass kaleidoscope gifted to us by Paddy's sister at our wedding, other market and op-shop finds and, of course, a bunch of Australian natives.
2. Lalie day-dreaming on a soon-to-be-reupholstered-in-this-natural-linen sofa and wearing a gorgeous romper handmade by a wonderful friend.
3. Some new spring/summer clothes for Lalie - understated styles in a neutral palette.
4. A little nook. My Mother's antique piano stool covered with a crochet table runner, beautifully handmade by our dear late friend Eirin's Grandmother - also a wedding gift.
5. Is there any better sofa accessory than a tiny bottom and wee little feet? I didn't think so. My soft furnishings are sorted!
.........................................How would you describe your style? Are you persuaded by trends? Do you experiment or are you loyal to a particular aesthetic? I'd love to know!
P.S - Of course, Paddy's personal style differs slightly (when it comes to interiors) and we are in constant battle over what stays in the house and what gets