Thursday, January 17, 2013

Styling: A Fresh Perspective

Someone commented on my post yesterday on how bloggers all have the same stuff. BARF, its so true. I am currently cleaning out the following items from my house right now (kidding but not really)

- python tray
- domino book
- brass urchin
- diptyque candle (but I love it... so maybe not)
- antlers
- agate coaster

So here is the deal. It really does bother me that these items are identified as "blogger must haves" not because there's anything wrong with it, but because I want my home to be a genuine reflection of us and not what I see on pinterest everyday. I decorate spaces for myself. 100%. I never feel like a space I complete is one I've seen before. But when it comes to styling, I find it a little bit harder to deviate. I love the stacks of books everywhere, the trays littered with candles and stray baubles and random organic objects.

So here is some styling that offers a totally fresh perspective 



Organic, filled with animals and succulents. I love this look of a greenhouse for a console.

JK Palace
 I love the symmetry and sculptural aspect to this. Would be fabulous replicated just about anywhere.

Audrey's Home

I love how the overflowing plant accents every single, otherwise, monochromatic shelf.

How do you style your house? Do you fall into my "blogger" category or do you have some new tricks to share?





27 comments:

  1. Totally guilty of blogger must haves(at least the python tray and Domino book).While it is a little blogger cliche I still pull out my Domino book and look at it for inspiration so I doubt I will be putting that away anytime soon. I have found that shopping at estate sales and the flea market help make your house unique.

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  2. I really love unique styling and am glad to say that, even though I am a blogger, I have none of those things in my house.

    But, so what if you do?

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  3. Love this post! Great styling! Its also easy to feel like you DONT have all the stuff you "should" have, so it is nice to step back and realize that may be a better thing :) Love your style, alex.

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  4. I'm a little bit of both. I have all of the blogger must-haves, but I mix it in with things I've found at vintage shops... I think with custom furniture and antique finds, the urchins, domino book, and antlers can stay!

    www.XoLindsay.blogspot.com

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  5. oh yeah, Keep antlers!!!! They are so amazing!

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  6. Too funny...I wish I had half the things the bloggers I read have....I would give them my own twist very happily....so I don't mind being a copy cat....I'll gladly take anything anyone is cleaning out ;) (other than the litter box please....)

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  7. LOVE that bookshelf in the last pic. XO

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  8. omg this so true! Also, i think seeing the same things over and over makes people think they want/need them. So it isn't surprising that a lot of bloggers have the same things.

    I like the fresh look at things though and really thinking about why you like something in your apartment vs. liking it because other people have it too.

    Can't wait to see more of your apartment as it evolves!

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  9. like...now i want to throw my antlers in the trash.

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  10. A FREAKING MEN! Its the same with clothes, and PURSES. If I see another Celine...don't get me wrong i LOVE THEM but now everyone has one and it isn't as special any more! I'm fully in support of your stance here. XOXOXOX

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  11. I think the most important thing is to surround yourself with things you truly love. If it makes you happy, who cares if it's become cliche. But, if you want something one of a kind, flea markets and antique malls are treasure troves! There's nothing more exciting than scoring something for $5 that you're obsessed with and it has a story to go with it. xx

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  12. Ok, so it is a little annoying to have the same look as other bloggers, but I am sure there are lots of bloggers who don't have many real life friends who are in on that scene? What really gets to me though, is how you start to get so sick of the purchases you once loved! Almost as bad as when something that has always been "your thing" becomes trendy. Ugh

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  13. I have a few blogger must haves, like the domino book and an agate coaster, but I never buy anything that I don't truly love. Therefore, it doesn't really bother me that other people have them. I actually bought my agate coaster with my allowance when I was ten, it cost me 8$, and so its sentimental and timeless to me, not just the latest fad. I mix in flea market finds to make the space feel more me, and I love it!

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  14. That is just too funny...I know there are a few things that have made it into our house because I've seen it floating around the blogosphere, but I figure, hey, if I actually *LOVE* it, who cares??? (c; Now if I'm copying my pins to a T just because it looks nice, then we have issues...

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  15. Well, if you love certain things, I vote you keep them around. I have Diptyque's bc they smell amazing so I couldn't part with them...or my Domino book! But I totally hear what you are saying...you want to be original! Me too!! xo

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  16. Hahahaha. I love this so much. I totally have the Design Sponge book (got it when she did the Charleston book signing party) and I won one of those brass urn things in a blog giveaway. I'm sure there's more but that's what comes to mind.

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  17. Guilty. However, I think this could be attributed to the fact that Many bloggers have a similar sense of style, and someone who follows your blog is most likely to follow another blogger with a similar style as yours. Know what I mean? On the other hand, I feel the same way certain times - especially during the holiday season when the gift guides come out. My end goal is to stay true to myself, and not worry what anyone else thinks of my space because I am the one living in it. :) xo
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

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  18. I love this post and have thought the same thing myself. I do have antlers on my wall and in my defense I'd like to say that I've had them for over 10 years - not exactly a trend. I am close to being over the chevron prints , and I think the cover of the domino book is still so pretty!

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  19. I'll be honest, I surprisingly don't have much of the 'blogger' stuff. I think I'm too scared to venture out of my neutral zone. That and I'm just afraid I will get too tired of it! My latest purchase were some wonderful animal watercolors that look fab in a gold gilded frame!

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  20. ha i love this post alex - for what you pointed out but mostly because your featured my bookshelf. so flattered cuz i LOVE your taste :)

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  21. This is so true Alex. I looked at my coffee table with my Tom Ford book, sea urchin, candle and agate coasters and had to laugh. Although I have loved candles and coffee table books for years they are my jam. Love the greenery!

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  22. I don't have any of those things, and I thought I was so uncool! But after seeing all of it everywhere I started to think it was ok that I didnt. I do have an orchid in a silver pot like in image #2. I like things that make my home unique.

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  23. Also guilty: Domino book, tray (but in croc), antler beer opener. But honestly...I still love them!

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  24. Too funny! Never give up Diptique candles though, they smell way too good! Antlers on the other hand, I'm personally not a fan. The last photo of the bookshelf is fabulous, very moody. Yels x

    www.fourunderoneroof.blogspot.com

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  25. haha! This is exactly why I DON'T show my house progress....because I have almost none of the blogger "essentials." How weird am I for being afraid to be so different from the norm? So, naturally, I like where you're going with this. And you've maybe just inspired me to actually reveal my home. Thanks :)

    On the flip side, many of those things became popular because they truly are gorgeous. So it's justified.

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  26. Stuff/Bloggers - It's true, no? But couldn't it also be that birds of a feather....The links you have are all gals at about your age and place in time. Most, if not all, claim to be designers so it's natural you'd all have the same things.

    As I told one blogger lamenting that she sees "her" artwork (those trite carry on things)everywhere, save your money and buy originals. That is the only surefire way to not see yourself coming and going.

    Are you doing all of those events for the same bride?

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