Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! That could not be more true when creating an interior space that feels comfortable and beautiful to you and your interior style. Our homes reflect our inner spirit, and the decor should reflect the people who live there. As Coco Chanel once said, “The interior is the natural projection of the soul.” Your interior gives us a glimpse into your soul and what is unique to you.
Some of us love to have every collection we own on full display, while others prefer a minimalist approach. Some like loads of color and pop, while others like a layering of whites and grays. There is no right or wrong when it comes to interior style; there is only your style, which is not trendy or dated. After 25 years of designing interiors, I don’t think I have ever designed two spaces alike.
Now, the key to creating livable interiors that reflect your style is two-fold. The first is understanding what your style is, and the second is knowing how to put it all together.
I have created a collection of ten design styles that I will cover in-depth over the coming months. They include:
Most of us discover that we are a combination of 2-3 of these styles!
While understanding your interior style is important to creating a balanced and harmonious space, it’s equally essential to help you avoid common design mistakes. The first mistake to avoid is what I call “Random Acts of Purchasing.” Sometimes you find something at a market: you love it, so you buy it. Yet, you have no idea where it is going to go in your home. Then, once you get it home, it changes the feel of the space, and you don’t know what to do. Then this leads to what I call “Design Freeze.” You are afraid to make another move, so you start to leave rooms unfinished because you don’t want to make the wrong decision.
To help you avoid these common design dilemmas, I will unpack each style’s essence so you can begin to understand your style and create a home that feels like a “natural projection” of what makes you, well, you.
Finding the nature of what makes you happy and surrounding yourself with the things you love is the meaning of La Bella Vie.
I have put together a short little quiz that you can take below as a fun way to begin the process of understanding your interior style. Let me know what you get down below!