We moved into our current home about a year ago in September 2017. We were excited about buying a home in the the middle Tennessee housing market after moving from Denver, Colorado where the housing stock is much older and the real estate market is more competitive and as a result more expensive.
In Colorado we lived in a 1950s ranch style home that had been reasonably updated. It was a great first home and met our needs as a young couple and later as a new family. Unfortunately, it had a closed off floor plan that made entertaining awkward, a small dining area which made sitting down to eat with more than two people very hard, little to no unique architectural details, and it was prone to the types of problems that come with owning and maintaining an older home. So when the time came to purchase our second house, I had assembled a small wishlist for the type of home I thought would best suit our needs in the future. Specifically, it was very important to me to find a newly built home with an open floor plan and an aesthetically pleasing exterior and interior.
Fast forward through moving across the country and two months of exhaustive house hunting (which I absolutely loved), I finally decided to go and look at the last house on our house hunting list. And I am so glad that I didn’t skip it. Upon entering the house, I immediately knew that it was the right house for our family and that we could make it our home.
The best way to describe the architectural style of our home is modern craftsman farmhouse. The molding around the doors, the details around the fireplace, the kitchen cabinets, the paneling on the dining room walls, the sliding barn yard style laundry room door, the light fixtures, the shiplap and the tile on the bathroom walls all lend credit to Gustav Stickley, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Joanna Gaines.
That brings me to the furniture, art, and decorative pieces that I’ve chosen to complete the space in our home- my personal home decor style. I love furniture made from walnut, teak, or elm with straight clean lines and curves, i.e., mid century modern furniture.
Y’all it’s my jam! 😀 Did you see the emoji and the exclamation mark in the last sentence? Seriously, I am that passionate about mid century mod furniture- it gives me so much happiness; it really speaks to me and my home decor style. In fact I love it so much, I wish I had pictures of the first apartment Matt and I rented together. The living room, dining room, and office were furnished with mid century modern vintage furniture from local stores and Craigslists deals. I wish we had kept a few of those pieces before we moved.
With that being said, chunky knitted throw blankets, gold or bronze trim, bohemian and ethnic textiles, colorful prints, pops of color, and unique accessories speak to my style aesthetic as well.
When all is said and done I’d describe my home decor style as mid century modern with bohemian and eclectic elements. I prefer to purchase furniture and decorative pieces one at a time (as opposed to buying furniture sets) and will often mix and match pieces to achieve the desired aesthetic for a room. I’ve shopped all over to furnish our home, but some of my favorite home furnishing and decor stores include World Market, Anthroplogie and Urban Outfitters, IKEA, Article, Oeuf, Target, Nadeau, and local mid century modern vintage and antique stores.
All of this to say that my home decor style is uniquely me. There is no right or wrong way to decorate your space. Furniture and decorative elements that make you happy and speak to you on a personal level are what matter the most and what make a house, apartment, condo, mobile home, etc. feel like home. What is your home decor style? Not sure, take this home decor style quiz at havely.com (they pinpointed my decor style to a tee), and let me know what your home decor style is in the comments below. I’d love to know.