I full-heartedly believe home should be a reflection of its inhabitants. A well- curated home takes time to establish….you can’t just make a trip to your local Homegoods or Pier 1 and acquire all of your home decor within one visit. The house would look “soul-less”.
I believe certain types of aesthetics lend themselves to display more personal character (think eclectic, global, traditional and farmhouse), while other aesthetics (minimal modern, neutral contemporary) present more of a challenge.
The more I study interior design, the more I long for neutral transitional/contemporary decor. Given my OCD tendencies, I love simple, clean lines which I find soothing. Aiming for simplicity, I feel that I have less of an opportunity to reflect my personal character…to tell my story within my design.
One way that I like to inject my personality into my decor is by displaying framed black and white photography that my husband and I have taken on our travels around the world. You see, once upon our time, before children, we actually traveled to some pretty cool locations…..France, Italy, and Spain to name a few.
With its versatility, black and white photography can be a staple in any style of decor. (and yes, the frame above is scratched to hell, but I have yet to replace it)
Not only do my black and white photos remind me of a time when I had the luxury of being more adventurous, incorporating the photos into my decor is quite cost-effective. The only cost involved is the matted frame and the $2 to $30 (depending on the size of the photo) it takes to print at Shutterfly or Walgreens .
So if you have some blank wall space and need a way to add some more character to your home, consider printing off some cool landscape photos you may have taken while on vacation. No photography classes required!! I have no clue what I am doing with my camera…I just point and shoot.
Once the kiddos are a little older, I cannot wait to get back to my traveling days. Until then, get out there and design some good vibes!!