How long did it take you to evolve into your personal style?
Does anyone else go through constant periods of obsessions in home decor?
Years ago, I went through a tropical colonial thing. Then an Asian period. Then a MCM period. Now I am back to an Asian thing, totally smitten with ANYTHING Chinoiserie.
Although I continue to go through these phases, I find that more and more I am distilling my personal style into something that has certain non-changing hallmarks that I tend to always gravitate to.
Being from the South, I don't think I can ever abandon my love of traditional homes to at least some degree. I will always appreciate high baseboards, trim around windows, front porches, and a love of at least a certain amount of symmetry. Although I can appreciate mid century architecture, I don't think I'd ever be comfortable living in such a house with that spare type of furniture everywhere. Although I love many of these pieces individually and think they are fantastic mixed in with traditional/transitional pieces in a limited amount.
It's amazing though how quickly I can shift from one side of the pendulum to the other. Watching a season of Flipping Out, I start to crave a more spare, modern style. Then I can look at an article in an old Domino magazine and want to embrace my love of a certain amount of "granny-chic" Palm Beach/Park Avenue style.
Sorry if I am not getting my point across exactly the way it is in my head, but I am 36 and I have been interested in decor since I was a child. Although it has taken me this long to finally get to the point where I think I REALLY know what I want and like, I still find my tastes changing every couple of months.