Where has all the Personality Gone?

I realize this post may be polarizing, but I'm going to forge ahead with it because I got somethin to say about it.

Like most of you, I use platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram to find inspiration for projects or examples of ideas I'm considering. What I'm finding  are basically the same rooms with the same design elements that are just reshuffled over and over again.  It's disheartening to see such a lack of personality in interiors these days. I find it’s getting harder to find creativity and an original point of view when it comes to decorating our homes.

Take the "Farmhouse" style that is so prevalent right now.

Oh, it's  all  here from the painted distressed furniture to the galvanized accents and inspirational quotes. And I'm pretty sure that's a burlap pillow on that bench.

Oh, it's all here from the painted distressed furniture to the galvanized accents and inspirational quotes. And I'm pretty sure that's a burlap pillow on that bench.

I can’t be the only one who is ready to move past all of this.

Industrial is another look that has been done to death.

Black warehouse lights? Check. Metal stool? Check. Old metal locker? Check.  Just between us, I never quite got the appeal of this look . There’s nothing comforting about it.  Last one - "Coastal" - seen below

Black warehouse lights? Check. Metal stool? Check. Old metal locker? Check.

Just between us, I never quite got the appeal of this look . There’s nothing comforting about it.

Last one - "Coastal" - seen below

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Blue and white color palette.  Aquatic prints.  Driftwood.  An anchor.

I'm not saying it's wrong to use all of this or any of this.  It's just that these styles have become so formulaic that there's really no "design" or creative point of view that comes into play.  It's a "just add water and stir" kind of room.

For my money, I prefer to go with something that incorporates a range of design styles and furnishings that creative a bigger sum than their individual parts.

Compare the above images to this room by the legendary Bunny Williams


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Most definitely not a paint by numbers approach here.  This is the difference between curating an interior and following the herd.  Just try and guess when this room was designed.  It's nearly impossible because it's layered and inclusive of different design styles.  And it’s timelessly beautiful.

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This is coastal done right.  Mark D Sikes kept it simple with a mix of blue and white fabrics, a natural fiber rug and clean, minimal accessories.  Do you think this room will look dated in 10 years? I say “Not a chance.” It's so very gorgeous and timeless.

What makes a room magical is it’s mood. And mood is achieved in a subtle, nuanced sort of way.

Did you see this room in Southern Living Magazine recently? This is the stuff I’m talking about. It feels relaxed yet sophisticated. It has just the right amount of color and layers of accessories. No one “formula” was used to create this space - it’s a collection of beautiful design elements from all different styles and eras that come together as a beautiful whole. Also loving the hits of texture here. #winner

Did you see this room in Southern Living Magazine recently? This is the stuff I’m talking about. It feels relaxed yet sophisticated. It has just the right amount of color and layers of accessories. No one “formula” was used to create this space - it’s a collection of beautiful design elements from all different styles and eras that come together as a beautiful whole. Also loving the hits of texture here. #winner

Don’t be discouraged if Farmhouse style floats your boat. It can be perfectly charming and timeless if restraint is used.

How about this kitchen as Farmhouse inspiration . There’s a little shiplap, a simple vase of sunflowers, and a framed vintage still life to suggest farmhouse style without being trite or kitschy.

How about this kitchen as Farmhouse inspiration . There’s a little shiplap, a simple vase of sunflowers, and a framed vintage still life to suggest farmhouse style without being trite or kitschy.

When it comes to designing your space, particularly if you have a theme in mind, restraint is your friend! Keep it simple and it will age beautifully!