Define Your Style in One Picture Challenge

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As I grow older I find my personal decorating style is becoming less formal and perhaps a tad more eclectic. I love fabulous lines on furniture – dramatic chaise lounges, black and white graphic stripes and intensely saturated colors. I also love irreverent touches – notice on the right hand side of this picture how the statue is wearing a strand of pearls as if to say, “I may be a priceless statue but I still know how to have fun”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 138px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />During the last decade of city living in Europe I’ve been apartment-bound and, like Pavlov’s dog, I’ve been conditioned to walk into a room and immediately decipher its options for multi-tasking. I see this room working as gorgeous home office/guest bedroom or master bedroom turned salon de tea. We don’t really entertain in our bedrooms anymore, but wouldn’t it be lovely to organize a private escape in your bedroom for you and your spouse? When my sister was pregnant with twins she was on bed rest for the last few months of her pregnancy and wouldn’t she have been delighted to have had a place to entertain the plethora of guests who came to visit and keep her company while she was laid up?

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 213px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />to 10px; WIDTH: 200px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 245px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />This bedroom appeals to me on so many levels – visually because of the drama and great lines, the dark walls and ceiling, and mirrored wall. But also for the classic touches – naturally the antiques scattered about the room are divine, but what sets this room apart – what gives it that certain je ne sais quoi – is the artful placement of the blue & white plate and ginger jars along the window wall. In the dark room your eye lands on these pieces – a place of rest – the white popping against the blue. People often think that decorating with Delft requires a formal, traditional room. And while this room has oodles of traditional elements, the vibe I walk away with is traditional with a modern twist!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 61px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />One of my favorite bloggers, Alex – the bloggess behind From the Right Bank – runs an ongoing challenge on her website called “What’s Your Style in One Picture”. Last year around this time I entered my personal style into this challenge – defining The Antiques Diva™ style as “Antiques, Modern, Glamour” and a year later I’ve found another photo that summarizes my look – the key components still being the same.

So I ask you, dear Diva Readers, what’s your style?

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • As I get older I yearn for clean lines, less "stuff". I gravitate to the Arts and Crafts/Mission/Prairie style and colors. I have always loved the warm natural bright colors which never really went with the Victorian furniture that I loved in my early "newly married" stage of life. Now I have matured and mellowed so to speak and finally "found" what really makes me happy but now my problem is: How to implement it??? LOL Lifes big problems!

  • its hard to decide sometimes. I'm eclectic for sure. I used to HATE shabby chic but find myself pining for a lot of the elements. Sign of age? possibly…

  • Okay, now I'm on a mission to find that picture where everything screams, "That's me!" I loved this post btw. The bedroom seems so fun and classy at the same time. You had a perfect description of it!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  • Hi, Toma! Thanks so much for the shout out! It's funny that you post this now because I was just working on reissuing the challenge for this summer. 🙂 (I'll have it up in a couple of weeks.) The fact that you would choose a similar room says that you really know your style. I envy that! Thanks again, my dear! I hope you're having a good week. xoxo, Ally

  • I've always decorated in an eclectic style with some Sister Parish florishes though my husband would be happy in his mancave with a recliners and yard chairs. As I get older, I'm like modern more and more which surprises me greatly.