Finding your design style begins with knowing who you are. It starts with being content with what is inside of you, and where you are in your life. Your preferences should not depend on those of your friends, your neighbors, or the latest trends. Your home must reflect your own heart or you will never be happy with it. It should be a sanctuary, a place where you can relax, come alive, feel inspired, and create memories with loved ones.

 

Your home should be as unique are you are, so choose pieces that you truly love. Good design doesn’t require boring rules. All it really takes is heart and bravado, attention to the details without a lot of fuss.

 Vladimir Kagan style sofa and a vintage moroccan beni ourain rug in a bed and breakfast in marrakesh, morocco. 
 

We are all uniquely weird. We all have a playful side, a moody side, a bold or sophisticated side, and something surprising and unexpected in our personalities.

 

To begin the process of discovering your preferences and finding your design style, you must first remove the clutter. Strip down to the basics by clearing rooms of all the unnecessary stuff. The things you own can end up owning you. Let them go. Clear them out. This means trinkets, junk, tchotchkes, and all of the unused, unattractive, meaningless, useless items that you hold on to for no other reason than you paid for them so you hesitate to trash them. Clutter stifles creativity. Clearing it away allows a space to breath. Creativity will flow in as you begin to see beyond the “stuff.” Ideally you want to create a place where you and your loved ones can thrive.


Once you’ve stripped down to the basics, you can begin laying the foundation of your design. Your home should be as unique are you are, so choose pieces that you truly love. Good design doesn’t require boring rules. All it really takes is heart and bravado, attention to the details without a lot of fuss. Choose shapes and textures that inspire you, and don’t be afraid to mix modern and vintage to achieve that effortless look that is truly you. We are all uniquely weird. We all have a playful side, a moody side, a bold or sophisticated side, and something surprising and unexpected in our personalities.

 

 a small vintage azilal rug sits next to berber pottery and a brass wall mounted bird cage in the gardener's house bed and breakfast in marrakesh, morocco
 

The things you hold on to, hold you back from personal and collective growth. Home is a beautiful gift. Make it not just a reflection of your heart, but a place to grow and transform into a better person.

 

Embrace the season of life that you are in right now. Your home should be a place where you and your loved ones can grow emotionally and spiritually. This is why it is so important to let go of the past. The things you hold on to, hold you back from personal and collective growth. Home is a beautiful gift. Make it not just a reflection of your heart, but a place to grow and transform into a better person. Home is the place where you reflect, refuel, revive, move forward. It should be uplifting and filled with promise and good spirits.

 a curved spindle bookcase sitting on a large custom beni ourain rug at the gardener's house in marrakesh, morocco
 

“Finding yourself" is not really how it works. You aren't a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people's opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. "Finding yourself" is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.”

- Emily McDowell