homework - evaluation time

To bring you up to speed, a couple of weeks ago I read this amazing blog post which got me thinking about all the little things in my house that don't work. I agree that sticking to a style demands focus and discipline and that if you waiver the whole vision can fall apart. I thought it was time to do a little homework on my house to evaluate what it is I like and what needs changing. I started off last week, by putting into words exactly what my personal style is. I came up with this description: a laid-back and neutral space with organic and historical elements and a touch of bohemian yet spare and modern. It's a bit of a mouthful but it's me. With this thought in mind, I turned the camera on my own house and started evaluating. By the way, have you ever done this - taken out your camera and photographed your own house? I think it is one of the most useful tools when it comes to judging your own home. There is something about seeing a room in a photograph that makes everything much clearer. Below are my notes room by room.

I feel like I have a roadmap now of what to tackle next and where to direct my money and energy. Obviously, many of these things I won't do for a very long time. Still, I think it is good to have a plan. Doing an exercise like this also really helps focus your mind. The next time I'm out shopping I can rifle through these images in my head and ask, "will this work - does it fit with my style?" Hopefully, I'll come home with less mistakes and more winners!