I talked a lot in my first post about my process for coming up with style favorites — if you missed it, the keywords are tortured and labyrinthine. Today it's all about figuring out, and sharing, what that style is. I'm starting with one of my all-time favorite spaces above: Jenna Lyon's office at J. Crew,
I had grand illusions of busting out of my house to scour the world for some design inspiration, but alas, with a toddler and infant in tow that trip never quite materialized. Luckily there are plenty of places where I can hunt from home (while madly rocking my baby to sleep in her Ergo carrier, standing next to the vent fan on my microwave — glamorous, no?).
Day 1: Friday, August 2...and the Weekend of August 3 & 4 Assignment: Get out and about to take some inspiration photos
The Style Cure chores for this weekend are pure fun. When was the last time your homework was to hit your favorite spots around town for some professional-level inspiration scouting? But, just because this assignment is enjoyable, don't underestimate its importance. The images you'll gather over the next few days will help you to confidently build your design plan - you'll be getting a glimpse at your new room!
When I saw the first weekend assignment was basically window shopping, I got extremely excited for the Style Cure. Remember in January when we were cleaning the floors?? Yeah, this is already much more my speed. After an action-packed afternoon of walking all over Boston's Back Bay and South End, I had 145 photos, a severely low phone battery, and the realization that I am currently obsessed with purple.
Seriously, did I have to get the flu on the one day I had an actual excuse to go shopping? Yes, yes I did. But don't feel too sorry for me, though — I've already logged a bunch of hours inspiration scouting online (and bought something, eep!). Got a few hours to kill surfing the 'net? Need some more inspiration for the Cure? Follow me on a magical adventure...
Day 2 of the Style Cure involved going out and cultivating some inspiration. Luckily, I happen to live in a very creative neighborhood in San Francisco, so finding inspiration wasn't too difficult. Here's what I came up with.
I limped through the finish line of the January Cure, but I am actually super excited about this August one. I think it helps that this month is also about decorating — not just cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering. That's a big, big difference in my little messy mind. I'll be tackling a large room in the back of my house that's traditionally been a workspace, storage and all around all-purpose room.
The assignment for Day 1 of the style cure is to complete the Style Cure interview, easy right? Well apparently I have a hard time choosing favorites, which could explain my inability to finish a room.
When I heard we were doing a month-long style cure in which we make over a room I jumped (and clapping may have been involved too) at the chance to participate. My dining room is the target of my operation and my goal is big. I'm planning a complete overhaul, including painting, DIY-ing, thrifting, splurging, removing and reconfiguring. I'm a little nervous, but mostly I'm excited, and very glad we're doing this in small steps.
Eight months ago, we organized together; now let's decorate together! I am excited to remake a room along with all of you this month, but before we break out the paintbrushes and the fabric swatches, let's get in touch with our style. Have you ever actually sat down and actively thought about your personal style? Though I ask people regularly to describe theirs, I have never interviewed myself on the subject. Here's what I found out: