Finding Home Design Inspiration in Your Closet

The other day, while digging in my closet for something to wear to a party, I had an epiphany. My closet mirrors my decorating style almost exactly. The color palette veers to grays, blues and greens with the occasional pop of red. I favor, to an almost comical extent, stripes, plaids and polka dots. And I'm clearly crazy about crisp cotton, soft knits and nubby wool. Yet I was struck by a certain disconnect.Sharing space with all those casual, often vintage styles: touches of luxury like silk, lace, and leather. A few frilly things, from an exquisite pink Prada bag in a quilted floral pattern to red suede Marc Jacobs heels with fuchsia sequined bows. And purple. Lots of purple, from pale orchid to the moodiest eggplant. All very feminine, right?

Yet there's little that's feminine about my home. I can attribute part of that to living with my fiancé. I know he wouldn't be pleased if I suddenly turned our cozy bedroom into a lavish boudoir. But studying my closet showed me that our interiors aren't accurately reflecting an important part of my personal style. If anything, I consistently over-consider my man when making decorating choices.

I've decided that our home needs a few more touches of luxury and femininity, be it a pair of silk pillows or a pop of girly color in the bedroom. Like my wardrobe, coming up with a decorating style that really suits me will take time. I'll probably have to purge some stuff, too, as I recently did with my closet, schlepping 14 overstuffed trash bags to the Goodwill. There's always room for refinement.

So, readers, I encourage you to take a look at your closets, especially if you're feeling stuck in your home design choices. Ignore the things you don't love or wear and focus on your favorites. Not only will you possibly find that your wardrobe mirrors your home design choices, you might also figure out what you're missing.

If you need any more closet-related inspiration, take a gander at the wonderful blog Closet Visit, where the women have more beautiful clothing and homes than I could ever even dream about.

Image: Closet Visit

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