Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Organic Rustic Pared-Down-Traditional Style

A s much as I strive to define my style, it keeps changing. A fickle beast, my taste.
But in truth, I've begun to notice something constant about my taste and it is this: I love *organic* style. I don't necessarily mean things made from organic cotton and sustainable wood (though I do like those too!). What I mean is a rustic sort of "au natural", simple, found-object kind of style. A style I don't really have words for!
I love references to the sea, pale colours, whites and blues and greens, and beachside objects like found sea stars and weathered woods.

I love rough wood, natural fibres like linen and cottons, hand weaving, hand made pottery. I like tables and objets made from salvaged wood, driftwood. I love antiques too, as long as it has a form and shape I like, and a worn heirloom feel. I like old-fashioned things.

I love traditional decor too, so I'm not all about "rustic" and "primitive". But in my traditional decor, I like things to pared down, a little more spare, not cluttered but clean and textural. I gravitate to classic armchairs, but prefer when they are covered in simple cottons or tone-on-tone jacquards so they are textural but not too visually busy. I love pattern most when it is simple, organic, or curvy. I like leaf patterns, simple florals, pale colours. Patterns that come from nature.

I'm not really into contemporary decor and the chocolate-coloured wood that is all matchy match and industrial chic. I find a lot of the pieces just lack character when they are too polished and linear. And while I'm not a huge fan of pine and light woods, I like my woods to be mid-tone or dark, as long as it looks like wood and not something made in a factory. But I do like having one or two pared-down contemporary or modern elements in a room, as they give the eye a rest from all the curvy organic goings on....

What I do love about modern is the art, mostly the paintings, for their spareness, I think, and amazing saturated bursts of colour. Though I am also fond of old-fashioned etchings, drawings, and architectural sketches.

Defining my style is a work in progress. And as much as I hate to sound so out-of-the-box, one of my favorite styles is the Pottery Barn look. All the photos in this post are from their recent catalogue, in which I found a lot to love!


  1. I love your style, built over time, aquired, full of character, time worn, not I just picked it up from Leon's give the matching table, three seater two seater and chair, sorry to anyone who does , but yuck , not thought involved at all.
    Your's and my style developes over time , is ever changing and has a classic look.
    Thanks for stopping by agian, i am glad you found Linda, she and I have so much in common, she is a doll.

  2. Just found your blog via a comment you made on Restyled Home. I love your sense of style! Can't wait to read more on your blog!

  3. I loved the way you articulated your individual style!! I think that is the hardest thing to do. Most people say "I like Pottery Barn Style" when they mean what you just described. I think Pottery Barn is a great way to get some inspiration and a few pieces from them is good. It's just when people over do it and their whole house looks like Pottery Barn that it ends up lacking individuality.

  4. Hi Terri, the new focus is lovely indeed. I have been enjoying your posts.

    My vaction on the east is coming to a close. I will email you when I am back in province, perhaps we could set up a visit. Would love to see you and talk to the wee hours of the morning.

    much love. a

  5. What a nice comment you left me... you are so sweet. These past few weeks have just been a whole "when it rains, it pours" kinda idea. My social life has definitely been decreased by a whole whole lot in general with the headache junk, and especially lately. I'm trying to keep myself going, distraction-wise! I've got my grad class twice a week, but I have to be able to drive an hour for that... and I'm involved w/ a bridal shower this weekend, so i'm still goin... us headache gals gotta stick together and keep each other goin'!
    Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

  6. Beautifully written...I just discovered your blog this morning, and can't wait to read more.

  7. I totally agree. I love that tree ornament on the wall :)

    PS - I finally got up photos of my living room on my blog!

  8. From what I can see, your style is impeccable!! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog...