AT Style Cure #1: Know Thyself

​​One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#1: Complete the Style Cure Interview

  1. List your favorites in each category:
  2. Choose three words to describe your personal style:
    • comfy
    • casual
    • chill
  3. Think back over all the homes you’ve lived in, both as a child and an adult. Which rooms would you choose as your favorites and how would you describe them?
    • My parents have had the same house my entire life. When I moved out and was on my own I lived in: a dorm, stayed with my sister, college apartment, town house, stayed with my sister (in another house), Mr. T’s grandparents’ house, a rental house, and now the house we own. Most of my adult life I have lived in temporary housing, so I never put much effort into it. I guess I’m going to go with our half-bath? It’s the first room that I’ve remodeled that has been 100% mine to do with what I wanted, and I did something fun. Okay, so it still needs to be finished but it’s like 95% there!! 8P
  4. Whom do you consider a role model? What three adjectives describe the qualities that you admire in this person?
    • Since I’m posting this on my blog, I’m going to use bloggers. Jenny Lawson: The Bloggess, Jen from Epbot, Dooce, Eli from It Just Gets Stranger, umm…since I can’t really think of any more off the top of my head, I guess they’ll do.
    • Three adjectives? funny, successful, eloquent
    • Side note – is “whom” used properly here?
  5. Every home has areas that are “just right”. Which three spots or things in your home do you feel are beautiful and feel proud of, right now, as is:
    • Oh, you’re serious? Umm…nothing. Nothing is how I want it. Not. one. thing.
  6. A month from now, at the end of the Style Cure, how would you like your friends to describe your home?
    • I mean…we’re just redoing one room, right? And I’ve picked my bedroom? So the rest of my home will probably be described about the same as it is now: “Nice, but messy.” “Could use some TLC.” “Thank God they don’t have kids so I don’t need to call CPS on them.” “You can tell they own dogs!” “I’ll just host at my house next time…”
    • But the bedroom? I want them to say “Oh this is nice. Fine work, Wilsons! Jolly good.”

Questions 1 and 2 work together to help form a picture of your style – do the choices feel connected and consistent or varied and eclectic? Which of the words that you chose for question 2 could also be used to describe the majority of your favorites in question 1? What are the outliers? Example: Are you into the classics or searching for what’s next? Do the offbeat notes or items in a space make the room for you or simply make you uncomfortable?

  • Umm… I guess they all work together? And since we’re sticking with alliteration, I might throw in “cheap” as well. ;) Russell Brand might be a bit of an outlier…he’s kind of high strung. But I don’t think you should really create a room inspired by good ol’ RB, anyway. Although… No, get a hold of yourself!!

Questions 3 and 5 are different ways of connecting with what you find pleasing, comfortable and beautiful. You’ve tapped into your preferences in both a memory-based emotional way and in a practical, observational way to form a picture of a room you will enjoy spending time in. Example: Bright, simple and sparsely decorated sunlight-filled space or moody, happily cluttered, knick-knack embracing rooms lit by candlelight?

  • I think I really dropped the ball on this whole process. Another alliterative word you could include: chaotic! My life tends to be chaotic. I would like for it to not be! I would like to include some calm and clean aspects to my life. God, I’m on a roll with these ‘c’ words! Cunt.

Questions 4 and 6 are both about your aspirations and therefore can help to form a direction and goals for your Cure in terms of what you want your room makeover to provide to your homelife. Example: You’d like your friend to say “everything works so well together!” can be translated into a goal of “putting more thought into coordinating pieces”. Think about the ways your aspirations can lead you – will they translate into going for better overall organization or finally embracing a more fearless use of color?

  • I want a funny, successful, and eloquent room that makes my friends become a bit British. Right-oh.

6 thoughts on “AT Style Cure #1: Know Thyself

  1. Oh yes, I do indeed like the colour of this room. It’s quaint, and here in the centre you’ve left a lovely place for a spot of tea. The Queen herself would be proud and would experience great difficulty returning to the palace after lounging in your lavish living quarters. You’ve done well mate. Cheers!

  2. Whom was not used correctly there. As the subject of the sentence, it should have been who. Also, you inspired me to try this until I realized I don’t have a home or room to decorate! Which made me realize that while I do have a roof over my head, I am, in effect, homeless. So now I am sad. However! I am very excited for you to get your house the way you want it! I know that’s hard with conflicted work schedules plus an additional business and pets, so hopefully your bedroom will become the calm in the storm you desire.

      • We’ve rearranged a little and I’ve pushed Fiance into making some practical changes – door hooks for jackets and new trashcan that keeps dogs out – but there’s just not really the room for decor here. We have too much stuff that has to fit in the one room. I’m not dissatisfied with the way it looks, though. It’s a comfortable room. I’ll just be glad to get a little more space so we can do more traditional decorating. Someday…

      • Indeed. We’re still living like it’s a rental, though – it’s hard to break the habit after nearly 10 years of temporary housing!! I woke up SUPER motivated on Sunday and started on the bedroom again (and also my closet). I want to live in a real house!

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