Thursday, June 23, 2011

"What Were They Thinking Thursday!!??" - Un-wanted Uniformity

Living in Tyler, TX provides the problem of resources. When it comes to furniture and home decor, we are very very limited, and the few stores that we do have all look the same. I preface this post with that because I know it is the reason for all the uniformity in decorating. There is a major lack of creativity in Tyler homes, not all of them, but a lot that I see all have the same look. For example, dining rooms. Everyone has the dark wood dining set with red accents, fake floral arrangements and an ornate iron chandelier to light the unimaginative space.

The same goes for master bedroom. I know we don't have a lot of places to shop for bedding here in Tyler but that's what the internet is for! It seems that everybody has a heavy dark wood traditional bed and matching furniture. Traditional bedding with a pair of chairs in the corner and not mention heavy drapery. Let's get creative and mix it up some!

I think one of the reasons we have so much of the same look all around Tyler is because people don't know what their style is, they don't know what they like so they just buy what everyone else has. It can be hard to find out your design style. This is where an interior designer comes in to play. 

You may have a misconception when it comes to an interior designer thinking that they will just take over your space and do whatever they like. This is so wrong, yes we do have good taste and know what looks good but a big part of our job is to try to get your own design style discovered. We show you concept pictures and sketches to try to find out what you are drawn to and what you like. We then design  a fabulous and creative space around the client's personality, taste and function of the room. Stay tuned for Brandy's blog tomorrow about how sometimes, client's just don't know what they like!

Here's a look at some fabulous spaces with very different looks than those pictured above. If you are drawn to any of these pictures don't fret, you can have a space like this! You don't have to stick to the "Tyler look" of things. We are here to think outside the box for you and stretch your imagination and make your dream space a reality. Just like your mama said when you were dating all those losers, "Don't settle!!!". 

The thing that I like so much about all the bedrooms above is that they all feel relaxing the way a bedroom should feel. A peaceful retreat from a busy day! None of the "Tyler look" bedrooms feel that way to me. 

Here is some free advice for you, scour the internet and magazines and see what your eye is drawn too. It may just be one thing in the room like the wall color or the bedding. You don't have to like everything in the room to tear the picture it and save it, just make sure to label what you like about the picture because when it comes time to make a change in your space you might not remember what it was! Put everything in a notebook. You can get those clear page protectors and just put the magazine tear outs in those to stay organized. You can even get crazy and make dividers for each room! Then when it comes time to do some remodeling or re-decorating you will have notebook full of everything you like.

 Give us a call and we can help you discover what your personal style is. Everyone has one, you just might know it yet! And believe me, once you give up that "Tyler look" and what you think your house is supposed to look like, you can surround yourself with things that actually make you feel better and inspire you and that will make living in your house feel more like home.



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