Hi, my name’s Jami and I have no idea how to decorate, let alone what my decorating style is! There, I’m so glad to get that off my chest. Ha! Does anyone else feel that way?! Honestly before we made an offer on our house I had no idea what my particular style of decorating was. I thought I knew, but not really. I mean I knew there were pictures of homes on pinterest that I loved, but I couldn’t tell you why! That was so frustrating to me. How was I supposed to start adding a bit of flare to our new home if I had no idea where to start? I would walk in to home good stores and look at all the lovely things and like just about every single piece and want to take it home. But then my house would look like a store, not a well put together place to be/entertain/live/relax. I tried to read articles about different styles of home decorating, but it all got jumbled and there just weren’t enough pictures of examples. I’m a visual learner. I needed pictures. Then I found Houzz, houzz.com that is! Have you ever heard of houzz? Well not only am I going to tell you about it, I’m going to teach you how to use it to figure out what your decorating style is! Excited? I know I am!
So if you missed my last post in the We Bought a House (WBAH) series on quick home buying tips catch up here. Like I was saying with the WBAH series under way I’ve been trying to think of things to share with all of you and then I realized that I should probably share my new found love for houzz! It’s this amazing website that has seriously thousands upon thousands of pictures of peoples homes. Then within each picture you can find out what the style of the room is and the owner or photographer of the room will answer any questions you have about the room… Maybe you super love the end table or the paint color, ask and there’s a pretty good chance they’ll let you know.
Houzz also has a bunch of articles about different interior/ exterior topics. Maybe you’re thinking about painting one of your rooms totally white, well there’s an article about picking the right white (warmer or cooler) and how just the direction your house faces can effect that. There’s also an option for you to upload photos of your own for other people to find.
Now onto the meat of this post, (if you are totally struggling putting your house or even just a room together) how can YOU use Houzz to discover your own personal decorating style? Well I’ll tell you now! Once you sign into Houzz you can start creating your own “idea books.” These ideas books are so awesome! If you see a picture that really sparks some sort of idea, you have the option to “+save” it to an idea book. You click on that and there in greyed out letters is “what do you like about this photo?” Wholy smokes!!!! That’s what did it for me. I started picking it apart each photo and really tried to understand what it was about the photo that I liked.
Now I know my style! I can that knowledge, I’ll probably combine the two, and make my own unique style. I really liked other bits of other decorating styles as well, so I might incorporate those in to some of my rooms. The best part is I finally had somewhere to start! I can walk into any store now and zero in on something that I know I’ll love and that will work great with my whole house! Or if I see something that’s pretty cute but something is just off about it I know I can change it to make it fit. That being said the next couple of posts are going to be haul posts! Just little treasures I’ve found while I’ve been out. I’m so excited to share them with you!
I highly recommend checking out houzz.com! I put the app on my phone and ipad, and when I get some free time I start looking through more pictures. I even use it like a search engine too. The other day I was thinking about how cute pie plates are worked into decor and I went on houzz and did a search for “pie plate” (I chose the “in photos” option) and a bunch of cute ideas came up! So go for it! Go figure out your decorating style, come back here and share it with me :D. I would love to know!
p.s. All of the photos in this post are from my houzz “What’s my Style” idea book. I’ve since branched out and now have an idea book per room and per kid. It’s so fun!