NAILING DOWN MY STYLE

After today, sitting and watching all of the tragedy happening in Japan, it’s kind of hard to talk decorating.  Nothing like a Tsunami and a huge earth quake to bring it all back into perspective. Take a few minutes to pray for this devastated country and hold your babies and your family tight and tell them you love them. I know I tell y’all this all the time, but don’t get so consumed in what you are doing…blogging, painting, crafting,working, that you forget about what’s really important….. your relationship with the Lord and your family. We never know what day might be our last. I’m preaching to the choir here, because I have to constantly tell myself this!

Okay on with it…..So I’m not sure I have told y’all this but I am currently re decorating EVERYTHING in my house. My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we got married REALLY young. I was 19. I had NO idea what I was doing, decorating wise, or how to be married for that matter! HA! My first kitchen in my tiny little apartment, I sponge painted a bright turquoise color over white walls and thought it looked awesome with my new jewel toned over sized chair and my hand me down 1970’s orange floral couch. As my taste evolved I became drawn to really bold and bright color. I fell in love with reds, and greens, yellows and toile’s. I still love all of these colors and patterns but as I get older and my life gets busier, my desire for simple, soft, neutral, calm and soothing furnishing beckons me. A few months after Elijah died, I started to take my mind off of my situation by stripping everything out of my house. I went  DRASTIC. I sold and got rid of everything but the living room furniture and our beds, without even thinking that I didn’t have the money to replace any of it! Smart I know. My poor husband didn’t say a word. So now, nothing in my house matches and I am working on one room at a time. Y’all, even my cheap old particle board bed broke and my mattresses are on the floor. I’m not even kidding. The only “done” room that I have is the one that you have seen. The breakfast room.

My house is tiny. I just have a small kitchen, dining room and den, 3 small bedrooms and one and a half baths. It’s only about 1100 square feet. It shouldn’t take that long to finish, right?
So here is my thing. I like SO many different styles. I love all things vintage, modern country, farm house urban and french. I think it’s because one day, I want one of these over looking a pasture full of beautiful horses……
(photo from Country Living)
 So what the heck is my style? 
I’m just going to call it vintage modern country with a little bit of french thrown in. I think if you buy what you like, somehow or another it all works.
I’m off to market tomorrow to see if I can find some things for my bathroom and a new bed!

Comments

  1. Oh Kelli!

    You have GREAT STYLE. Doesn't matter how big or small your home is, if you've got it, you've GOT IT.

    GIRL, you've GOT IT!!!!

    I love your style and your ideas. You inspire me and will continue to.

    Keep doing what you do.

    Cori

  2. Oh Kelli!

    You have GREAT STYLE. Doesn't matter how big or small your home is, if you've got it, you've GOT IT.

    GIRL, you've GOT IT!!!!

    I love your style and your ideas. You inspire me and will continue to.

    Keep doing what you do.

    Cori

  3. Great post! I was not aware of your loss, thanks for sharing. I can understand your need to change things in your home and finding your style after your sons passing. I admire you for talking so openly!

  4. Great post! I was not aware of your loss, thanks for sharing. I can understand your need to change things in your home and finding your style after your sons passing. I admire you for talking so openly!

  5. You had me at "whole house"…I can't wait to see what you do. I will be visiting often. Good luck and God Bless…..xo
    Mariaelena

  6. You had me at "whole house"…I can't wait to see what you do. I will be visiting often. Good luck and God Bless…..xo
    Mariaelena

  7. I can so relate to some of what you say. I just wrote something similar myself. http://www.bigfaithtobiglives.blogspot.com

    I so appreciate your blog and your desire to serve Jesus.

    Rachel

  8. I can so relate to some of what you say. I just wrote something similar myself. http://www.bigfaithtobiglives.blogspot.com

    I so appreciate your blog and your desire to serve Jesus.

    Rachel

  9. Kelli, in your defense the spounge painted kitchen was very cutting edge back then. I remember wanting to go home and do that to my house. You have always been a decorating trend setter.

  10. Kelli, in your defense the spounge painted kitchen was very cutting edge back then. I remember wanting to go home and do that to my house. You have always been a decorating trend setter.

  11. That's me too. I think I am traditional English with a coastal vibe and vintage country thrown in!!??! Thank God, I think they have a term for that…..eclectic! I always enjoy your blog!

  12. That's me too. I think I am traditional English with a coastal vibe and vintage country thrown in!!??! Thank God, I think they have a term for that…..eclectic! I always enjoy your blog!

  13. Thank you for this post and for putting things in perspective- I struggle with the same issues and also with trying to define my style because I like so many different ones! I think Eclectic is a good way to describe it. And don't fret- none of us in the real world ever have our whole house "done" the way we want it. Working on little bits and pieces at a time, at least for me, makes it a fun and satisfying process.

  14. Thank you for this post and for putting things in perspective- I struggle with the same issues and also with trying to define my style because I like so many different ones! I think Eclectic is a good way to describe it. And don't fret- none of us in the real world ever have our whole house "done" the way we want it. Working on little bits and pieces at a time, at least for me, makes it a fun and satisfying process.

  15. I think a lot of "redouxers" share this thought when it comes to their decorating style. I like to think of mine as just "eclectic". I completely get the part about getting rid of things after you lost your baby. Goodwill was here almost weekly, and one time they asked if we were moving because I had given away so much stuff. I just couldn't stand the thought of having too many things that reminded me of my loss. And there were lots. I think it is a healthy thing to clean house like this and start fresh.

    Besides, it is good for the sould to always "rework" things. As CS Lewis said, just when we think we are building this fantastic, cozy little house for ourselves and our family, God comes and knocks some of the walls down and then we have to start over and rebuild. But before we know it, we have a mansion, when what we thought we were building was just a little house. Chang is good.
    Tons of love to you -K

  16. I think a lot of "redouxers" share this thought when it comes to their decorating style. I like to think of mine as just "eclectic". I completely get the part about getting rid of things after you lost your baby. Goodwill was here almost weekly, and one time they asked if we were moving because I had given away so much stuff. I just couldn't stand the thought of having too many things that reminded me of my loss. And there were lots. I think it is a healthy thing to clean house like this and start fresh.

    Besides, it is good for the sould to always "rework" things. As CS Lewis said, just when we think we are building this fantastic, cozy little house for ourselves and our family, God comes and knocks some of the walls down and then we have to start over and rebuild. But before we know it, we have a mansion, when what we thought we were building was just a little house. Chang is good.
    Tons of love to you -K

  17. I've thought about clearing it all out in one fell swoop, too! Starting over with a clean slate…exciting and intimidating at the same time. I hope you find great things at market!!

  18. I've thought about clearing it all out in one fell swoop, too! Starting over with a clean slate…exciting and intimidating at the same time. I hope you find great things at market!!

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  21. If you call it something that describes your personality – something like "Fresh Whimsy" then you can go with whatever you like without a preconceived idea of what you "should" do!

  22. If you call it something that describes your personality – something like "Fresh Whimsy" then you can go with whatever you like without a preconceived idea of what you "should" do!

  23. Kelli! I love the personality of your blog. You are like a breath of fresh air. May God continue to bless you and your family! Your style is called 'beautiful' inside and out.

  24. Kelli! I love the personality of your blog. You are like a breath of fresh air. May God continue to bless you and your family! Your style is called 'beautiful' inside and out.

  25. I was married at 19, also, and had 3 lovely children by the time I was 25. Life was too busy back then to think about anything but necessities. Now at 71 I am able to truly enjoy blogs like yours. I still have grand ideas, but I know that if I am not able to redo our house as I want, I can be happy that you are giving me ideas and encouragement for the future. Please keep doing what you are doing. You put everything in perspective for me.

  26. I was married at 19, also, and had 3 lovely children by the time I was 25. Life was too busy back then to think about anything but necessities. Now at 71 I am able to truly enjoy blogs like yours. I still have grand ideas, but I know that if I am not able to redo our house as I want, I can be happy that you are giving me ideas and encouragement for the future. Please keep doing what you are doing. You put everything in perspective for me.

  27. I'm so with you on not knowing how to define my style. I was just talking about it the other day. Mine is something like a combo of Farmhouse, Rustic, Vintage, and Cottage.

    I also experienced loss, 2 miscarriages, and I know how devastating it can feel. How wonderful that you have our Jesus to lean upon and draw strength from! I love your blog, partly for the decorating, but also because you're not afraid to proclaim your relationship with the Lord. Love it! Keep up the good work.

  28. I'm so with you on not knowing how to define my style. I was just talking about it the other day. Mine is something like a combo of Farmhouse, Rustic, Vintage, and Cottage.

    I also experienced loss, 2 miscarriages, and I know how devastating it can feel. How wonderful that you have our Jesus to lean upon and draw strength from! I love your blog, partly for the decorating, but also because you're not afraid to proclaim your relationship with the Lord. Love it! Keep up the good work.

  29. i struggle with "my style" too… but it's just that "my style"!!! your home will be beautiful! "your style" is beautiful. : )

  30. i struggle with "my style" too… but it's just that "my style"!!! your home will be beautiful! "your style" is beautiful. : )

  31. Hey! recently found your blog and LOVE it! Thanks for posting your adventures! You are so relate-able! For what it's worth..I would say your style is Classic Urban Eclectic. Classic seamless lines & colors with a generous mix of French flair, & classic vintage (not retro vintage) sprinkled with urban farmhouse. Your style is timeless and comfortable. It is a style most are drawn to, but do not have the skills to achieve the look. (ie: don't over think it) So, it's great that you blog about it so others can learn!
    And don't get so caught up in defining your "Style". Have confidence in your home and material things. Remember, you picked them because you LOVE them and that is all that matters!

  32. Hey! recently found your blog and LOVE it! Thanks for posting your adventures! You are so relate-able! For what it's worth..I would say your style is Classic Urban Eclectic. Classic seamless lines & colors with a generous mix of French flair, & classic vintage (not retro vintage) sprinkled with urban farmhouse. Your style is timeless and comfortable. It is a style most are drawn to, but do not have the skills to achieve the look. (ie: don't over think it) So, it's great that you blog about it so others can learn!
    And don't get so caught up in defining your "Style". Have confidence in your home and material things. Remember, you picked them because you LOVE them and that is all that matters!

  33. Kelli… that is a gorgeous house!! Yes… I could see that on a beautiful farm!!

  34. Kelli… that is a gorgeous house!! Yes… I could see that on a beautiful farm!!

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