Happy Friday! Friday’s make me seriously happy. In fact, without fail, every Friday morning, the first thing that I think (and subsequently say out loud) is “It’s Friday!” in a way that is half pinching myself and making sure it’s not one of those awful mornings when when I think its a lazy Sunday but it’s really Monday and time to wake up (tell me I’m not the only one who does that…WORST.FEELING.EVER) and half pure bliss and excitement because, let’s face it Friday’s are my jam and who doesn’t love the day leading up to the weekend?!

Now that I think about it, based on that previous random, rambling thought I decided to publish for the world to see, maybe Fridays make me a giddy idiot (gidiot?!)…

sticking to your design guns

Whatever. IT’S FRIDAY and I’m happy and I hope you are too!

So, lately we have been talking about finding your own design style and today I want to add to our list of tips and talk about why I think sticking to your design guns is important while your style evolves and changes.

It’s no surprise that my evolving design style has begun during a time when I find myself completely immersed in all aspects of design. From being in class to implementing skills and ideas in my own home, from following so many amazing bloggers and obsessing over Pinterest boards and watching great new design shows, I live and breathe design these days. While it’s no shock that all of these incredible design resources influence my style and expose me to all different design aesthetics, one thing that I don’t want to do is try to be someone else.

It’s great to get great new ideas from other designers, decorators and bloggers but I think it’s important to let your true style shine through no matter what. Don’t feel the need to conform to any style of design just because someone else does it that way. I think the most successful designs are the ones that have been created out of the love and passion that only comes from staying true to your own personal style while also letting bits and pieces of those outside influences in. It’s great to let those influences in, and the more designs and styles we see, the more interesting our own designs can become, but don’t be try to mold your style to fit someone else’s designs. (Unless, of course, you want to take this fun quiz to decide which which celebrity designer gets you and read Emily Henderson’s hilarious post on her results.)

Finding Your Design Style Tips:

1. Say “NO” to Furniture Hostility: Basically, don’t hate on your house or pieces of furniture. If you don’t like it, change it. The best way to discover your true style is to start with a clean slate so if you don’t love it, toss it (or donate it, Craigslist it, etc.) Be the boss of your style and surround yourself with only the things that you really dig.

2. Stick to Your Design Guns: Let other design styles in but don’t try to be someone else. Getting inspiration from other places totally rocks but don’t be a poser when it comes to your own spaces. Stick to your guns when it comes to things you love and don’t feel pressured to do things just because it’s what all the “cool kids” are doing. And always be an idiot on Fridays. (Okay, the last part isn’t a design tip but you should totally listen do that.)

So, which celebrity designer gets you?? I’m dying to know! Have an awesome weekend!

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