Shopping for Home Decor - What is your style? This or That?

Updated: Sep 19


Okay, so, I’m not here to tell you what to buy, but I know that shopping for home decor can be a bit stressful. It can also get out of hand fast (spontaneous purchases feel so good in the moment, right?). Most of your home decor probably comes from collected bits and pieces over the years that really speak to you, but when you have blank walls, empty shelves, or (maybe the most stressful situation) an entire house to fill, you might need a little guidance to help jumpstart your decorating journey.


I want you to approach your home decor with confidence, so I’ve put together this little “This or That” to inspire you and get you thinking about what direction or aesthetic you are drawn to when it comes to shopping for your home decor. You don't have to stay in one lane, but it does help to know the heartbeat of the home and find your personality style?


Old Hollywood or Casual Northwest/Midwest?


Old Hollywood Interior Design in Portland
Northwest or Midwest Interior Design Style.












What is Old Hollywood Design Style?


When you think “Old Hollywood” think golds, mid-century modern, velvets, dramatic greenery, Art Deco, and lush colors.


You might try these:

Old Hollywood: Try this Black Iron Wall Mirror, Round Rolling Beverage Cart, and Scalloped Glass Flower Pendant Light.




What is Northwest or Midwest Design Style?

If you’re more of a casual or Northwest/Midwest type, you might lean more into the natural wood, porcelain, muted neutrals, a variety of greens and florals, with clean and simple metal accents.


Casual NW/Midwest: Try these Chloe and Cotton Woven Laundry Baskets, Stoneware Pitcher- Bone, and Clay Bells.





Minimalist or Eclectic?

Minimalist Interior Design Style Portland
Eclectic Interior Design Style

Which way do you lean? Does it stress you out to have a lot of things everywhere? Or are you the type that can’t enter a boutique without leaving with at least something to fill your home? Determining whether you like the look of a lot of things or like the feel of minimal, but meaningful, will definitely help you decide what type (and how much) home decor to bring home.


You might try these:

Minimalistic: This boucle lumbar accent pillow comes in a neutral bone color and introduces some light texture. These glass globe pendants are also great for minimalists because they blend into their surroundings and have a very clean, modern look.



Eclectic: Find an antique or vintage inspired light fixture, and mix in some mid-century/modern chairs with an eclectic modern drum side table.






Industrial or Greenhouse/Boho?


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greenhouse or boho interior design style

















These two might be the biggest opposites in style with the least amount of crossover. You’re either a metal, leather, darker, richer colors, and clean lines kind of person, or you relish the wild-and-free nature of…well, nature! If one of these recharges you more than the other, then you already know a key detail needed for styling your home. Anyone who loves the industrial look will appreciate very practical, but artsy, additions and they’ll probably want a little less clutter but with a more rustic and heavier approach in elements. Greenhouse vibes trend more towards the bohemian look, with vining plants, wicker accents, bright, natural light, and more inspiration directly from nature. You might be more familiar with the pervasive and more popular term used today, "boho minimalistic."


You might try these:

Industrial: Use these decorative wood stands to display food while entertaining or place decor (think candles and such) for added warmth. Bring in soft, rich leather with this accent chair and place this floor lamp next to it for a more cozy and rustic approach.




Greenhouse/Boho: Use Hairpin Leg Plant Stands of various heights to get some depth with your plant arrangements. Don’t be afraid of macrame, muted, neutral colors, faded Persian rugs, glass accents, and using cute, modern planters.



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Rebel WITH a cause!


Or you can be a rebel (like me) and mix and match! Honestly, there are probably aspects of each of these styles that speak to you on some level. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pulling from each and combining them to create your own style and look that encapsulates who you are and how you want to live. I, personally, really don’t like to be placed in a “descriptive box” when it comes to style, but if you look closely, you might find that you tend to lean a certain way in your overall aesthetic. Build your own vibe and collect what you love, and keep in mind that it’s a good idea to start with a less-is-more mindset and build from there! There really are no rules... but to follow your own when it comes to design. Many of those items can crossover into other design styles and still look fantastic.


While this only scratches the surface of the huge range of decorating styles, I hope this helps you narrow down your general interests, passions, likes and dislikes. All of these styles can be introduced in subtle ways that still accommodate some of your already acquired pieces. Pull inspiration from wherever you like, don’t be afraid to mix and match some styles, and reach out if you want help creating the home you love! It is my favorite thing to do




Photo Credits: PC: Kelly Roberts Bryant via www.streetfleastyle.com PC: David Telford via apartmenttherapy.com PC: Instagram/@decor.by.dp PC: Spacejoy via Unsplash

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