Home & Away: Where Does Your Style Come From?

Home & Away: Where Does Your Style Come From?

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Eleanor Büsing
Oct 4, 2015

Living in the cultural melting pot of London, my social circle hails from, well, everywhere. I'm always interested in people's aesthetic tastes, and am always curious, between the Europeans, Central Americans, and Antipodeans that I know here, whether they've been more influenced by their home culture or the culture in which they've made their home.

On the surface, culture of origin seems the most influential: most of my Italian friends lean toward a luxe, contemporary vibe, and there isn't a single expat Canadian I know who doesn't have an Hudson Bay Company Point blanket tucked away somewhere. Obviously we can't make blanket (Point or otherwise) generalizations here, but I'm wondering: how many of our aesthetic preferences are shaped by our early design influences, and how many by where we are now?

For my part, it's a mixed bag. Anything resembling a Canadian cottage of my childhood (that's pine-paneled and plaid, with a smattering of First Nations art) will send me into a happy, nostalgic haze, but it's a far cry from how I live and decorate today. I'm currently probably more influenced by less "Canadian" factors, like my grandparents' home (which was so full of Mid-century design it could have passed for a Mad Men set) and the traveling I've done since moving to London as an adult.

I also think that the best homes, and this is consistent with the most popular House Tours here on Apartment Therapy, have a strong sense of place. Not only is the owner's personal style evident, but there's a wider context— a sense of belonging in a city or region, of knowing where you are without looking outside.

What was the regional design style where you grew up? What about where you live now? Which has more influence on the way you decorate?

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