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Put your Soul into it and find your Style

Our home, the place we spend most of our time, the place we feel safe and the place we can express ourselves … so why are so many people so scared to make it their own?
I believe your home should be an extension of you, somewhere you can live in and feel totally yourself. We have to find our home style to do this and sometimes people find that hard. No matter the size of your home or your budget you can make your house your home …
I’ve put together my 5 top tips to find your home style and love the home you live in.
1. Look around you.
So, take a look around you, now I don’t mean actually look around right now but look at your life. Think about the things that make you happy, think about the clothes you wear, think about the places you love the most. The world is full of inspiration, you just have to look for it. Everything you love will create your home style, think about colours you like, patterns, textures, it’s your space to expresses yourself. Don’t be scared to go against the grain, don’t just copy a magazine … take inspiration from it, take the bits you love and make it your own. Your home needs a soul and to get that you need to use yours to create it.
2. Decide on your home style.
Now you have the inspiration and the ideas you can decided on your style. My home style is all about natural woods and stone against white walls the contrast from that is what I love. Across my whole house you will see this is my base theme and I add to that. Then I add the soul with my quirky pieces. Personally, in life and as a person, I’m a free spirit, who loves anything bohemian, with a grungy edge … I’m a little bit of a tomboy and I love time to myself. My home reflects this with the boho feel throughout and the quite areas that I love to relax in. I know some of the personal touches in my home are not to everyone’s liking but what is a home if it’s just to please everyone else? Be brave and go for it, I promise you will thank me in the long run.

3. Create a mood board.
If you’re using Pinterest or creating it physically, a mood board is an essential part of finding your style. with so many home magazines, blogs and the interior Instagram community (obviously the best), its easy to get thousands of ideas from all over the world. Use these platforms to help create your board. Seeing colours, textures and accessories put together on a mood board helps you envisage the end product. Ask yourself if the feeling of the board is how you want your home to feel, does it express your personality, does it make you feel happy? Once you get your mood boards right you will be set up to get creative.

4. Collect, collect, collect.
Every country you visit, every new town, every place, take something from them all. You don’t have to spend a penny but if you visit somewhere and love it take from that and use it to inspire your home. For example, if you visit Morocco and love the patterns and the culture translate this into your home. Collect pieces from different places so your home has depth and not just all bought from one shop. My best friend got married in Greece last year and she collected some sand in a glass bottle and has it in her bathroom, every time I go to her house it stands out in her décor. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact, in my home some of the cheapest things or the things I or my family made are the things I love the most it’s not about the budget it’s about the imagination when finding your style.

5. Do it yourself.
Upcycling has become a massive trend in the last few years, the internet is full of video’s and tutorials on how to upcycle anything and everything. If you can’t buy what you want or you can’t find what you want then why not make it yourself? What could have more soul than something made or upcycled with your own hands.

Put it all together and what have you got …
… a home. Through all of the above your home needs to be a home, don’t be too precious about the material things, the real home style of your home is the people who live in it and the feeling they give it so roll with it.
When you are brave enough to use your ideas, you will fall in love all over again with your home. Stay true to your ideas, take inspiration and enjoy the process… or if you’re like my husband, sit back and let your partner do it.

Manda xx

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