On Changing Decorating Styles

There has been some decorating chatter over on instagram about our new house. A friend commented teasingly that she was waging bets on how soon everything in our new house would be painted white.

Because if you know anything about me, you know I have a great affinity for white paint. Paint it all! 

whitekitchenHave no fear, there will be plenty of white in the new house. I can’t help myself.

But – shock of all shocks – I’m thinking about straying from our go-to formula of white everywhere.

I like to call my style Clean, Classic and Collected with a touch of Pretty.

rejoicealwaysBut this new house is pushing me outside of that familiar, comfortable style to something close, but decidedly different.

I’m calling it Clean, Classic, Collected with a touch of Handsome.

Did you catch that subtle change?

As before in our house I tended toward pretty, the new house feels like it needs to be handsome.

Maybe its because it is so adorable.

I love a balanced space (warm and cool tones, hard and soft, modern and patina’d) and I feel like if we went all sweet and white inside, it would be unbalanced. So I’ve been looking for ways to bring in that balance with more handsome features. Things like straight lines. Deep, moody colors. Rich textures.

I’m hoping for a good mix of cozy warmth and clean lightness. More use of vintage, salvage and found items combined with classic pieces like our tufted linen sofa. It won’t be a major stray from how our previous home was decorated – just maybe more warmth and perhaps a deep color or two.

Curious about what all that means? Here are three images I’m super inspired by for this new space.


screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-9-06-12-amvia @bradytolbert

This handsome living room caught Ryan’s eye and I’m 100% with him on it. We love the texture, the classic shapes but modern finishes, the oversized art and general feeling of relaxed sophistication. Love, love, love it all.


chrislovesjuliavia chrislovesjulia

Do you all follow Chris Loves Julia (the blog and on instagram)? They have transformed a basic home and made it into such a warm, interesting, personal space. This front room, in particular, always catches my eye. It has that combination of classic, clean and handsome that we’re going for in our new home.



via Mazen Studio

I’m studying this photo for kitchen inspiration, for sure, but I also love how the whole thing works together. The chalky deep green-gray with the shiny white, aged natural wood tones with mixed metals. This is the feel we’re totally into right now.

So that’s what we’re thinking. As you can see, there is still plenty of white and softness balanced with straight lines and deep tones.

We can’t wait to get started!

If you need help figuring out your style, if you have a general sense of lostness and overwhelm when it comes to decorating your home, I have just the thing for you!

SIMPLIFIED DECORATING is my newest online class. I’ll walk you through the whole process I use while decorating any space: first identifying your personal style, next assessing your room, creating a design board with items that fit your style and finally, putting it all together in a way that makes sense.

The course takes place online and you can follow along at your own pace. There are 15 lessons, each about 5-11 minutes each (for a total of just over 3 hours of inspiring video learning).

With Simplified Decorating, You Will:

  • Discover your personal style
  • Avoid common decorating mistakes
  • Create a design board for any room
  • Incorporate your style into your home
  • Save money by not spending on the wrong things
  • Get a cohesive, comfortable home that makes you happy
  • Have a clear decorating direction


  • worksheets for discovering your style
  • seven elements that are essential for every room
  • step-by-step guide for how to decorate any room
  • practical tips for where to save and where to spend
  • the best home decorating sources
  • 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • how to create a design board
  • three things you can (and should!) do today

To help you get a feel for the class and to learn more about what we’ll be learning, here is the introduction for the class:


Registration is only open until November 2nd, so grab your spot now! LEARN MORE HERE

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