How I Found My Style- Part 2

Decorating, Home Decor

  1. Great post and I love your style and your home. Gorgeous. Super advice too. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Shayna, what a fun post. The transformations are gorgeous. I love the window seat. What a beautiful (and functional) way to use the space.

    Pleasure to browse your makeovers.

    Have a great week,

    Lisa

  3. Stacey says:

    Shayna, I’ve read both posts and I’m so impressed!! You’ve obviously put time and heart into making your choices instead of going with whatever the latest thing is. To me, that’s really understanding yourself and your style. Your breakfast area is a work of art and completely changes the feel of the room. I want to do the same thing in one room of our house. Your home is beautiful and the fact that it has so much of you in it makes it more special.

    • Shayna says:

      OH, Stacey! THANK YOU so very much for the lovely comment! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed both posts! I love out breakfast nook too! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  4. Barbara in CT says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey to finding your style. I think I’ve ended up in a similar place via a different journey. Mine took much longer due to an “unhandy” hubbie and two kids we wanted to send to college. I keep chipping away at my vision and enjoying the trip.

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so much, Barbara! I can completely admire your journey! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the trip! That’s what it’s all about! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  5. Ann C says:

    I love the idea of creating a board of rooms you like and then finding the similarities and that being the things you love. I also agree that it takes time. If you have your home just the way you want it in my mind you can’t justify buying new/old things. Love your home, wish I had a breakfast nook. You do an excellent job explaining the thought process and experiences. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog.

    • Shayna says:

      Oh, Ann! THANK YOU so very much for the lovely comment! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! πŸ˜€
      And you’re right, if we had everything we wanted, we couldn’t buy anything else! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  6. Joette Johnson says:

    Hi,
    I read both parts of ‘Finding My Style’, and enjoyed them both. I really liked how you encouraged not being in a rush. I believe that is the main problem with finding our style. So often we just tear into decorating with great enthusiasm only to find that we are not happy with the change. I think doing a bit at a time allows us to ‘cherry pick’, just what we really love…joette

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Joette! I’m so happy you enjoyed both posts! You couldn’t be more right, we often do rush to find our style. Your term of “cherry pick” is wonderful— and so true! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  7. yarlette says:

    Shauna, what a great piece of advice. Do what you love and don’t worry about what others will think or following the latest trends. I am also a neutral color person and love dark wood furniture and cabinets. We are the ones living there and have to feel good about it.

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Yarlette! I’m so happy you enjoyed the posts! And you’re absolutely right, we live in our home! It’s only right to pick what we love and stick with it! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  8. Cindy says:

    Great post and I sure was excited to see the second part. I love how you looked at your inspiration pictures and looked at what was consistent in all the pictures. Great advice!

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Cindy! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! Looking at my inspirational pictures and finding the consistencies was a huge help! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  9. Margie Pousardien says:

    Shayna,
    I love your style and your expressions of yourself in your blog. I love decorating myself and what you written above i totally agree!!!!Keep up your wonderful work. You write so well. Thank you!

    THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME

    Margie Pousardien

    • Shayna says:

      Oh, Margie! THANK YOU so very much for the lovely comment! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! πŸ˜€
      THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  10. Amazing! I was hanging on ever word. You really did find your style… in a very big way! Thanks so much for sharing. I love your home and find it so inspirational!

    • Shayna says:

      Oh, Yvonne! THANK YOU so very much for the sweet comment! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! I really did find my style! πŸ˜€
      So happy I could inspire you, as you do me! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  11. I’m so glad you found your style because I LOVE it πŸ™‚ great read. Thanks for sharing! xo Lo

  12. Jenni says:

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!! What an amazing post! Just what I needed to hear:).

  13. Rondell says:

    I love how you found your style…the kitchen looks great with everything you love.

  14. amy says:

    You have no idea how much these posts have helped me. i have had so many of the same things happen… painting rooms blue, trying not to repeat an old style that i thought i didnt like, trying to please so many people that don’t live here, being overly inspired…loving all the blogs/pins i saw, not having a vision…etc…etc… etc.! You said it all so well!
    Thanks, its just what i needed. I love your style, your home is a “sweet home”. πŸ™‚

    • Shayna says:

      Oh, Amy! I’m so happy these posts have helped you! Finding our own style can be a long journey, but we continue to learn as we keep DOING! Don’t stop! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  15. I am totally with you in that youhave to decorate in a way that pleases YOU and not anyone else! When I was younger I tried to decorate my house just like one of my friends and eneded up realizing that it was NOT me. I gradually went to thngs and colors that I love. After all WE are the ones who have to live in our houses!!! I love your home AND your style!!

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Pinky! I know exactly what you mean about decorating like someone else… sooner or later we realize what we love! There’s nothing better than loving YOUR home! πŸ˜€
      -Shayna

  16. Sabine says:

    Bonjour Shayna
    Jai decouvert ce site cette semaine Fabuleux..
    vous Γͺtes une superbe decoratrice
    j’ai des chambres d’hotes dans le sud de la France et j ai moi mΓͺme decorΓ© la maison que nous avons achetΓ© en 2009
    Merci encore pour tous ces conseils

    Sabine

  17. Sabine says:

    Bonjour Shayna
    J’habite dans le sud de la France et j’ai decouvert ce site
    il est super

    Merci encore
    Sabine

  18. Sabine says:

    Bonjour Shayna
    J’ai decouvert votre site cette semaine quelle merveille
    j’adore ce style
    a bientΓ΄t
    Sabine

  19. M says:

    Part 2 has been SUPER helpful, Shayna:) I am so using this as a guide…thank you for sharing! Being a novice in the decorating department, I feel, with this post, I can move forward…with confidence! Thanks again, beautiful:)
    blessings & <3
    M

  20. Ela says:

    Hey Shayna! I’m a girl from Germany and I love your Blog! This post is GREAT! Thanks for sharing your Style journey! Greatings from Germany, Ela

  21. Vanessa says:

    Awesome posts about finding your style! It was very helpful and I am looking forward to using these great tips to define my style. I did the terrible thing and painted my dining room green and I have not been happy with it! So ready to change it to a neutral color! Thanks for sharing your journey. I am back at the beginning and sitting on lots of potential. Can’t wait to paint and redecorate every room! πŸ™‚

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Vanessa! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and picked up a few helpful tips! πŸ˜€
      Happy decorating!
      -Shayna

  22. Charity says:

    I love this post! Its very inspiring and gives insight on easy decision making based on your own taste not others.

  23. Sue Tayloe says:

    I love the dining nook you created with that beautiful built-in bench and the plank wall. Would you be able to tell me where you got the spoon picture? Thanks for a wonderful blog!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Wow thank you for writing all of that out! Y’all are so similar to my husband and me! He loves wood kitchen cabinets and I love neutrals (and have wanted a white kitchen lately). I LOVE your dark kitchen, especially in contrast to the neutrals in the rest of the house. This gives me some ideas… Beautiful!

  25. Sarah says:

    Love, love, love these posts. I have felt so many similar emotions and have done so many things just because others were doing it. Excellent posts!

  26. Katherine says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I am in my first home, and have been struggling for three years now to figure out just what my “style” is. This post was just what I needed to find, and has inspired me to really take a look at what makes us comfortable in our home, and not what someone else thinks makes a good home. Thanks again, this is awesome!! Now hitting the Pinterest boards…….

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Katherine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and that it’s inspired you to start finding your own style! πŸ˜€
      Happy decorating!
      -Shayna

  27. Great advice for someone like me who is scared to do anything in case I don’t like it. I like your idea of how you finally pinpointed what you liked and didn’t like by using Pinterest. I get really weary of wondering all the time if I’ll like this or that. I need to just sit down and do something like you did.

    Great post. Love your blog! You do have great decorating style and ideas. πŸ™‚

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so very much, Elisabeth! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! You definitely should sit down and see what you consistently like on your Pinterest boards. It was SO helpful for me!
      Happy decorating!
      -Shayna

  28. […] back door… Do I go with a bright color (yikes, and probably won’t happen. Neutral girl, remember?), a semi- neutral color, white, or black. That’s a toughie… It’s never been […]

  29. Kristen says:

    I LOVE this!! I have gone through this exact same situation. it’s hard with all the blogs and Pinterest. sometimes you have to take a step back, and remember what YOU like! really enjoyed reading this.

  30. nora says:

    I love love this post! I can never define my style….. I see cottage I like cottage I see farmhouse I like farmhouse etc…. never sure. Usually I have an idea of a direction I’m headed when I start a room do over but I had the living room makeover fall in my lap and it is a long narrow space with lots of doours and a odd fireplace so I’ve been a little confused and slow with the project. But I love your idea of finding similar ideas from pics never thought of that one so thanks. I love the panels on the walls wheredid u find them. I do believe I will be a regular om here now.

  31. Anne says:

    You are right on when you say that you have to make your home your own and not listen to what anyone else (except your husband!) thinks. No one lives in YOUR home and it should be your decision as to how you decorate, etc. I agree that making your home your own takes time and in a ‘I want everything now’ world its nice to take the time to watch your home come together just the way you want it to.

    • Shayna says:

      I completely agree, Anne! We have to do what makes us happy in our own homes! WE live there, and decorating definitely isn’t done in a day! πŸ˜€

  32. danielle says:

    This is exactly how I feel. I originally loved the color of my walls when I purchased this home. I am now drawn to whites and neutrals. Still figuring out by my style but enjoying the process. Thanks for a great post.

  33. Beth says:

    Really enjoyed reading your posts! You have inspired me to find my own style! Thanks!

  34. Paula says:

    Thank you for your post on “how I found my style”. We are building our home and I’ve been pouring through pinterest and blogs, but none of them have helped me as much as your post. Mostly your thoughts on how decorating and style is a slow process, and is yours. thanks again, I’m enjoying your blog very much. Paula

  35. […] but, it can also be wonderful. I’m so happy I’m able to help so many of your find you’re true decorating style, or show you how to build items for your home. Blogging is a journey and I’m so beyond […]

  36. Demi says:

    Love the transformations! and the advice is very inspiring.

  37. Katrine says:

    Absolutely LOVE this post, it inspired me to start searching for my own style and using pinterest for inspiration. Thanks:)2

  38. Melanie says:

    Thank you SO much for this post, Shayna!!!

    I’ve only just found your blog and am truly loving it… My family and I are about to shift from an inner-city suburban home to an acreage property and I’m finding I’m embracing the whole “farmhouse” theme and can’t wait until we settle on a new home and I can start decorating.

    I can totally relate to the whole wanting to leave your previous home’s style behind and I’m truly grateful for all the tips on finding your style. I have a whole new pinterest board with ideas for the new home, so I will take your advice and start compiling a list of consistent features.

    Happy blogging to you,
    Melanie (in Australia)

  39. Jillynn says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!!! I am finding that since we moved to our farmhouse in the country, my style, although still similar, is changing!!!! I want to rush to get the house EXACTLY like I want it but know I need to take it slow and “live in it” before I REALLY know what I want. I change things soooo much which is why I started my own blog about 2 months ago!!! And I am loving it! I forget so much now after having 3 kids in 5 years so I need it to remember everything;-) Again, Thanks for sharing.
    Jillynn

  40. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for this!! My boyfriend and I just moved into our first place together two months ago. To a tee, this article has explained every frustration I have felt in the last two months! I think almost every night, I stare at my decor and think, “it’s not right, this isn’t me.” I read your post out loud to my boyfriend and he said, “is this something you wrote, and you’re trying to disguise it as someone else’s blog?” Haha. It’s so reassuring to know that what I am feeling is normal, and I can one day have MY spot. You have inspired me to just go for it! Seriously, thank you!! P.S. I love your home!! πŸ™‚

    Alexandra

  41. Tori says:

    Coming across this gave me such a relief! We built our house in Sept of 2014 and I have not felt “at home” since we moved in. We did dark cabinets and Trim throughout our whole house and I want that Rustic/Farmhouse look, but you never see anything with dark cabinets or trim. I have had such a hard time trying to determine what would look good, without buying it, to only have to return it. I have a Style Idea of my own, but I am such a visual person that I want to see it before I make it happen. Reading this has made me feel like it will happen in time, I just need to be patient – which I am not! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Refreshing sense of Peace – I will sit back and look at a room now, before I make any quick Decisions and eventually I will have my Vision come to life!!

    Tori (Virginia)

  42. Jaimee says:

    This is one of the most helpful, informative posts I’ve ever read about finding your style. I love that you were willing to share pictures of the process because sometimes I look back on rooms I’ve decorated and simply cringe….but it’s also HUGE to see how something you didn’t get “quite right” at first was remedied once you were able to fine tune what you really like best. I think it’s taken my YEARS to figure out my style, so you’re way ahead of me! Just found your blog today through The Lettered Cottage and think it’s wonderful!

  43. Christy says:

    Ah! This is totally me right now!!! I like so many different styles… But then I get caught in this mold of what will other people like. Then I remind myself… It’s your house! Rock it with whatever you like. So, I’m starting to be at peace with my own style (or lack thereof, ?).p.s. I love your cabinets… Mine are very similar !

  44. Thank you for writing this! We are in our “dream” home but there are so many projects & the budget doesn’t allow for all brand new & I totally am realizing I should have painted the house in all white & gray like my hubby suggested. That I can fail when I try a project. That my moms style doesn’t have to be mine & for making me not feel crazy OCD because you literally wrote my thoughts. Seriously deep breathes and moving furniture around now that the kids are asleep πŸ˜‰

  45. Rowan says:

    I relate to this on how I came into my clothing style! I’m only kinda starting the journey on interior design but I know it will take a while and I hope to jump start my thinking process. I appreciate you sharing your journey!

  46. Ivory says:

    Part-2 post, I love it! Your home is fabulous. The transformation is outstanding. You are so right about so many things in this post. For example, in so many people homes, they have a white sofa. I love, love white sofa, but between my hubby and teen son, I know that’s one thing I can not have in my home, unless I was living alone. Even with a slip cover, it will not help. They spills everything, especially my husband. I told myself I already have so many things I fight them on, this will not be one. I would have a heart attack each time the came towards the couch.
    Again, you nailed your transformations. From trash to treasure. Wow!

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