Just take a look at my homecoming dress from high school. I think this was 11th grade but I'm not positive. (That's my twin sis with me :)
That's me (on the right) on a cruise a few years ago. Check out the purse (that I still have and LOVE)
And there's also these shoes-
Heck, even the insides of my glasses are zebra print.
So it should come as no surprise that I always gravitate towards images like these:
It took me a long time to figure out that it was ok to have my house styled in a similar way that I style myself. When my husband and I first got married and I started to decorate our house, I was really young and not super confident in my decorating choices. So I just stuck with what seemed the safest and what the people around me were doing. I never did anything really trendy or edgy; I played it totally safe and did what I felt would be acceptable to anyone who came in the door. As a result, my house looked like a Rooms-To-Go catalog, and while there wasn't anything wrong with it, it didn't feel like "me".
It's so funny when I think back now on all the choices I made that inside I wasn't totally thrilled with, but I made them because they seemed like the acceptable choices. Take all our furniture for example: I have never been a fan of wood. Even as a kid. I think it was because our house was pretty dark inside, so I was always craving a lighter feeling in there. I remember once when my dad was doing some remodeling, and one of his friends was urging him to add lots of dark wood trim all around. I was standing off to the side going "No! Don't make it dark! Paint it white- I hate wood!!" But then I grew up, got a house of my own, and when my husband and I went furniture shopping, every single thing I picked out was wood. That's what everyone had; wooden furniture. So that's what I got too.
It took me a long time to figure out that the best houses are a reflection of the people who live inside, and that my house was not reflecting my personality. It was when I started getting braver, and letting trends and fashion and most importantly my own personal taste rule my decorating choices, that I really started feeling like my house was "right".
Doesn't all this just make my couch pillows seem meant to be?? ;)