unearthing my signature style {& yours}…

visit here often enough & you’ll soon learn i cover a lot of style bases in my day-to-day wanderings through design…

i pretty much love them all {well, almost}…

from simple scandinavian interiors with touches of black & modernity to bohemian splendour pulsating with colour, from modern glamour with its velvets & sparkle to rustic retreats with their rugged simplicity…

& virtually everything in between…

that’s why one of the best investments of my time i ever made was to determine my personal signature style…

do we all have one? i’m pretty sure you’ll find we do, & it’s not that difficult to decode…

here’s mine…

my-signature-style

as you can see, there are lots of natural elements, calming colours & an emphasis on texture, simplicity & a nod to whimsy…

i actually put this board together a few years ago as part of my project work for my course at klc, but the timing couldn’t have been better as we were also approaching a house move & had decided to take an unfurnished flat with the aim of purchasing our own pieces…

i referred to this board often throughout this moving process, particularly when it came time to purchasing those larger items like sofas & armchairs…

as silly as it sounds, having these images to hand really kept me on track when my mind was diverging down a kazillion different avenues of thought…

is this an exhaustive list of what i love?

absolutely not!

but it was never meant to be…

it was merely meant to summarise a look & feel which i found myself drawn to time & time again: a mood that repeatedly drew me in & held me captive…

as varied as my tastes are, the process of narrowing down the images to include on my board was actually relatively-simple & it’s a fun project which i encourage anyone looking to start a home from fresh to undertake…

equally this process is invaluable for anyone who looks around their existing home & doesn’t fall in love with what they see &, most importantly, feel time & time again…

where to start?

i work a lot online, so for me it was a case of sifting through my saved image galleries & collating images into a common folder…

with the advent of pinterest it’s even simpler: create yourself a moodboard for home & start pinning…

here’s a few of mine:

a nomadic abode_pinterest

or, if you’re old school & can bear to desecrate your favourite interiors magazines, there’s nothing like pulling up a stack & getting stuck in…

the rules are simple…

firstly, only save, pin or tear out those images that make your heart positively skip a beat: the ones that make you inhale breath quickly or that make you want to flip back & forth to repeatedly…

you’ll know them the instant you see them…

the first sign of doubt or second guessing means that image is automatically a no-go!

this is a stage in the process that involves feeling, not thinking, so follow your heart, not your mind…

secondly, once you’ve gotten yourself a good selection of imagery, start narrowing it down to a manageable size {i settled on 18 images, but it could be any number really}…

remove any duplications of subject & repeat the selection process above seeing which of your chosen ones make the biggest tug on your heart strings…

try to make sure all the elements you truly love are incorporated {for me it was important that typography, nature & whimsy were represented} & avoid selecting images of other people’s homes where possible, instead focussing on textures, shapes & colours as well, of course, as mood…

finally, once you’ve pared down your selection simply arrange your images onto a moodboard & you’re done: it’s that easy…

the result should be something that makes you feel the same way you want to feel whenever you’re in your home, be that pulse quickening or serenity inducing…

there’s no right or wrong, afterall, it’s your home!

a nomadic abode_my style

three years later & my signature style moodboard still represents my style today {give or take}…

so, what’s your signature style?

{have you ever created a moodboard for your home or is this something you’d considering doing in the future? if so, does your home reflect the mood you set out to create? feel free to get in touch with me at anomadicabode@gmail.com & i’d love to feature your moodboard &/or house tour here on a nomadic abode}

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18 thoughts on “unearthing my signature style {& yours}…

  1. Lovely mood board and a very informative post. It’s quite timely because I’ve spent the last 2 days developing mood boards for my KLC projects 😉 xD

  2. Nice post madam!

    Happy to hear 3 yrs down the line you’re still true to your style (ish)! Yes, mood boards are great for any sort of project BTW, sometimes I do a yearly (Life vision). It’s a great skill to have.

    • time for me to do an update… not major changes, but definitely some influences have crept in! i normally do yearly stocktakes too, usually around my birthday!

  3. I saw you tweet the teaser to this post and knew I had to stop by! I didn’t think I had a signature style (and let’s face it, I’m still not sure), but once, long ago I was flipping through my stack of torn out pages of magazines 😉 with a girl friend and she pointed out, “big white window. big white window.” over and over. I had no idea I’d pulled so many such images! And now, in my house (many years later) we have big white windows in both the front and back!

    • ha! i love that! see, it’s all in there, whether we know it or not… we’re naturally drawn to certain looks & feels & we just have to train ourselves to listen to our own little voices…

  4. If my Pinterest boards are any indication, interiors/fashion that make my heart skip a beat are always minimal and all-white. In reality, I think my personal style is a little more softened, more French Country than Stockholm Modern, you know? But the general lightness runs through both. I love the way you phrased this: “make[s] your heart positively skip a beat: the ones that make you inhale breath quickly or that make you want to flip back & forth to repeatedly.” I’ve been trying to put that feeling into words as eloquently and have failed up til now!

    • thank you love! well quite seriously i do find myself taking sharp intakes of breath & stopping mid-stride when something magical catches my eye! my boyfriend laughs at me every time, but i’m not even aware i’m doing it! 🙂 and you’re right, as many similarities as scandi & french country have, they have equally as many differences!

    • hi lau, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! there should now be a follow button at the bottom of the screen! (didn’t realise it dropped off when i went to self-hosting recently!)! many thanks!

  5. Love this post sooooo much!!!!
    I struggle with this so it’s great to see how someone else does it. My main issue is colour, i love so many different colours and so much colour that I find it impossible to do a concept board from which I can take a colour scheme a la KLC. Yours is restrained. I’ve two boards recently, first digital ones I’ve done. One was for a proffesional project and one for me just because I was trying to see what images I was drawn to. I can send them to you if you like. I’m not sure it’ll turn into a scheme for my flat. I change my mind every day and need some more discipline.
    Fabulous post more of these please 😉

    • contrary to popular belief (hello mum!) i actually love colour & playing with all sorts of combinations, but i tire of colours in my own home very, very quickly… so i find for me sticking to a neutral backdrop really helps and then i introduce colour through artwork, cushions, throws & flowers as the mood takes me… colours i tire least from are easily those found in big doses in nature like blues & greens… probably the single most important thing i found in the process of putting together my moodboard was this “the result should be something that makes you feel the same way you want to feel whenever you’re in your home, be that pulse quickening or serenity inducing”… for me my home is a place to relax & detox from the craziness of the world outside… so that palette works for me time & time again!

    • great idea! might have to steal that! also, yes please, do feel free to send over your moodboards… i love to see other people’s work & happy to post it here!

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  7. Having Annie send us back here made for fun re-reading Sue! I was immediately reminded of my big-white-window comment, and was tickled to see that I’d already mentioned it. And I love Annie’s screen saver idea. Cheers, dear!

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