Monday, October 15, 2012

When in Rome...

Remember when I said that I like a lot of styles so sometimes I don't know where to start with my own design? When that is the case, I take a look around. What I mean by that is let your surroundings be your guide. I live in San Antonio so I am influenced by Texas Hill Country design and Mexican styles. My home is stucco and stone so those two concepts blend within my home. I like to call it Tex-Mex. Yes, just like the food.  That doesn't mean that I can't mix in some modern elements or other styles with that. It just gives me a jumping off point.

local flavor

Some ways that the surroundings can be taken into consideration might be temperature, scenic colors, local architecture, and furniture, art and accessories crafted by local artisans. Temperature might influence a cool or warm color scheme or whether or not you have lots of blankets and quilts or cool crisp white linens. Scenic colors might warrant a color scheme with blues like the ocean or whites like the snow. Local architecture might influence a more modern design in the city with skyscrapers or a more casual country style in a small town.

Scenic inspiration

translation of inspiration into design

Color inspiration

traslation of inspiration

translation of inspiration

All of this said, that does not mean that you HAVE to have a certain style if you live in a certain place. It just means if you don't know where to start that you can have inspiration from the things around you. I believe that every ones home should be a unique reflection of themselves and completely original. Believe me, there are so many things out there to choose from that you won't have trouble having a home that is different from your neighbors but it is nice to have some cohesiveness in a community.

So,whether you live in the country or the city, by the beach or in the mountains, there are always influences that can guide your design. Let them be inspiration but always be an individual using items that you love and that are uniquely you.

architectural inspiration

translation of inspiration to interior

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