My style is hard to define. At least, I think it is. I've found over the last few years that it was much easier for me to express it when decorating my son's room. I'm not sure why but perhaps the element of "why not?" is a part of it. I always acknowledged that the decor in his room will change as he grows bigger, so it seems less of a forever commitment or something. So maybe that just made it less scary.
In both of Ronan's rooms I have used very modern elements, but also things from antique stores, from my travels around the world, and odd bits I've picked up thrifting. It's a mix of natural elements like a cow hide rug and a wooden crib to a not-so-natural molded plastic Eames elephant. Old things like his 50+ year old child-sized sofa and new things like his IKEA dresser. Sometimes I feel like I'm all over the place, but when it comes to Ronan's spaces I've been pretty happy with the results.
A term I have heard used that I relate with a bit is "bohemian modern." I think perhaps SF Girl by Bay coined that one... and I've heard "vintage modern" and "whimsical modern" used on Apartment Therapy. All of these describe elements of my style. I adore modern. Clean lines. Fresh colors. Lack of fuss. I also love things that are a little quirky, sweet, and whimsical. And since I have a love, wait..obsession, for travel I love to incorporate things I've found along the way.
This week on The Animal Print Shop blog she's featuring a nursery design she describes as "desert modern" and isn't it perfect? So fresh and clean and modern but also natural and soft and comfy. The light strung with beads...and that RUG! I'm in heaven. This epitomizes a room I would love to design and love to live in.
Also check out Sharon Montrose's gorgeous work (isn't that baby alpaca to die for?) at The Animal Print Shop . When I strike it rich I'm getting an ENORMOUS buffalo print for my house.
image from Laurie Joliet via The Animal Print Shop