Defining My Style

Personally, I've always felt the question

What is your style?

 The hardest question to answer when it comes to design especially if your like me and can appreciate many different design ascetics (Coastal,  Country, Modern, Shabby Chic just to name a few) 

Since buying our home four years ago, I've been slowly defining my style and editing down and finding what I love. Regardless where I lived before becoming a homeowner I loved decorating each apartment I lived and wanted it to reflect me, hope that makes sense. 

Anyways over the years my style has evolved, and now with our home re-building project underway, I'm really getting the chance to define my style all at once (Windows, Doors, Trim, Vanities, Fabrics and much more) 

The all at once approach for me at times can feel overwhelming, because I want to get it 'right.' I've been doing a lot of thinking about my personal design style and how I want the main rooms in our house too feel & flow. I'm a non fussy person, and I enjoy spaces most when they are comfortable

 but still feel very chic. 

The past few months, I started calling my design style 'California Modern Casual.' 

For me the look of California Modern Casual: is relaxed, chic with clean lines, natural elements, great natural light, layers of colors and pattern. For me this defines my California lifestyle. My family is chill, loves the outdoors, prefers being comfortable over formal most of all we live and play in our home.  

I pulled together a few pictures of living spaces that have the style I prefer for my home, all feel like my style. 

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I adore the living spaces above, layered in pattern and color with simple lines on the furniture all feel pulled together yet relaxed. You can see my ideas for our living room


I mentioned last week, we plan on making several

 floor plan changes to our home, read more about them 


 our living room and dining room will now be much more open to each other. We decided to widen the original door way almost double the size, this will make our home feel so much more open. Since our dining room is actually an eat-in kitchen / dining room I prefer dining rooms that flow effortlessly between the living room and kitchen that are casual enough

 for Sunday pancakes and chic enough for fine China that same night. I like this dining room below perfect mix of chic and kid friendly. 

It feels good to define my style and pin point my likes and dislike. Now that I've shared my style of California Modern Casual, What is your Design Style? And how do you define it?