As humans, we’re in a constant state of evolution, becoming varying versions of ourselves to meet the moment. Certain times in our lives call for different pieces of ourselves to come forward and be seen. While our core identity might stay constant through each life phase, rarely do our preferences. Colors that once spoke to us might no longer. Styles that once made us feel a certain way might not anymore. All of this is normal. Even as designers who feel confident in our creative direction, our color palette and aesthetics have evolved over time too – and this means our home decor style has changed too.
If you feel like you’ve moved onto a new season of life that isn’t aligned with your home’s style anymore, what’s stopping you from updating your home to meet the moment, just as you’ve done as a person? When you dig a little deeper, you might find that what’s holding you back are some sneaky myths you might be telling yourself that stop you from having a home that feels like the season you’re in.
Myths matter. Because we need to know what’s holding us back.
5 Myths About Updating Your Home Decor Style
Myth #1: It’s expensive.
Everything’s a choice, including how much you spend on your home decor update. Whatever your budget, though, there are ways to create the home style you desire without sacrificing.
Less is more: Choose heirloom-quality pieces, but don’t choose allthepieces. We like our home decor like the relationships in our lives: quality over quantity. Opting for fewer pieces also creates a less cluttered aesthetic, which in turn allows your mind to be clear from clutter, as well.
Get thrifty: Find gently used, pre-loved pieces by shopping places like Facebook Marketplace or your local consignment shop. Better yet, are there items up in your attic that might be repurposed or updated with a simple DIY project? There are so many options out there that don’t require you to simply buy all new things, cutting down on the overall cost of your update.
Myth #2.1: It’ll take too much time.
Well, when it comes down to it, it’s actually true that it’ll take time – but don’t look at this as a deterrent! Taking time to curate a space you truly love is a journey that’s well worth it. Your personal journey doesn’t happen overnight, and nor should your home decor journey.
(Psst…if you’re telling yourself this narrative, it’s definitely time you check out Shan’s Word of the Year for 2022!)
Case in point: during our dining room redesigns, we had to postpone our reveals several times because we couldn’t quite figure out the right piece or couldn’t get our hands on the pieces we knew we truly wanted. Ultimately, it was worth it to wait for the items we knew we wanted – but it took time. Embrace the journey and the space you currently have. It’s all part of the process.
Myth #2.2: I can’t invite people in until it’s complete.
Speaking of your home decor style being a journey, it’s not one meant to be taken alone. Inviting loved ones into your space while it’s in its own evolution is allowing them to be a part of an intimate piece of your life. Letting guests see your home’s story encourages them to feel a part of yours. Welcome the change in your home by letting it be a topic of conversation. Go deeper by allowing your evolving style to be a segue into sharing about your evolving heart and mind.
So, as much as it might feel incomplete, open your doors. It’s the exact right time to invite them in.
Myth #3: I don’t even know where to start.
If you’re reading this post, this one is definitely a myth! With so many resources readily available these days, be sure to tune into blogs and social accounts that share their own style evolution with you, along with simple ways to get started. That’s why we’re all about easy ways to style our homes, which has truly been the inspiration for our #HostfulHacks and Tablescape Recipes (see Part 1 and Part 2 here!). Allow yourself to be open to the plethora of resources out there. Need a nudge? Check out our Home page, where we share about how we style our spaces.
Myth #4: If trends and preferences are constantly changing, why bother?
This narrative is similar to thinking, “I’ll evolve again in the future. What’s the point in nurturing who I am now?”
Just like how you should embrace who you are in any season of life, treat your home the same way! After all, home is where the heart is. So, making your home feel like what’s in your heart is crucial to feel aligned and centered.
Below, you’ll see Jenna’s dining room with three unique looks over the last four years. All of these stages served her family, and this room was still the heart of her home. Her style and tastes changed, but each version of her dining room served its purpose in the season she was in at the time.
But it’s true: trends do change.
So, the question becomes: how do we update our homes without worrying that we’re going to feel “outdated” too soon?
The answer is simple: go timeless. Trends are fun and enticing, but classic style is forever. Instead of fighting the fact that with time, things change, style your home so that it can transition with you. To do this, choose larger or more expensive pieces in neutral colors so that whatever future season you might be in, your foundational style will always blend seamlessly.
Myth #5: It’ll never look as good as [insert name]’s home.
We’ve all felt this way before, but let’s remember some wise words.
Your home is yours. And since you’re one-of-a-kind, so is your style. There’s nothing wrong with getting inspiration from others. (We are constantly inspired by our favorite designers!) However, our creations are still uniquely ours. Embrace your unique outlook on style and create a home that is a hybrid of your inspirations while also just as individual as you.
As always, if you find yourself scrolling and certain accounts make you feel less than, advocate for yourself and simply unfollow. Embrace the sites and accounts that inspire rather than bring you down. Inspiration is what we’re looking for, not comparison.
The Buzz-Worthy Takeaway
Updating your home decor is just like nurturing our personal evolution: change is inevitable and meant to be embraced. During your journey, invite people in to manifest even more intimate relationships in your life and connect over the change that’s occurring. Just like with our personal growth, there’s no real beginning or end in this journey – just seasons meant to be shared.
Now is the time to update your home to align with the season you’re in.
Now is always the perfect time to open your doors to the people who mean the most.