Intuitive Decorating, Or Creating a Home That Reflects You

The concept of “intuitive eating”–eating what you’re hungry for when you’re hungry, and when you feel you need to–is one I learned of months ago, and an ongoing diet trend that appears to be part of a larger, more recent lifestyle zeitgeist.

Though I’ve been interior obsessed for what seems like almost a decade, I still find myself on Cosmo-like, click-bait charged interior design blogs (ahem, MyDomaine) clicking titles that usually read something like “The Design Mistakes You’re Totally Making”, or “An Interior Designer Would Never Make These Rookie Mistakes”. Naturally I like to know what exactly I don’t know, which most often is a lot! But I’m also the kind of gal who likes a bit of eclecticism and creating her own rules. So lately I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find this piece of advice when scrolling through a list (see this lovely article on Design Sponge) of DOs and DONTS: do let your home reflect you and what you love.

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As much as I love a catalog space, and on occasion long for some minimalism, my home (well in this case, the perpetual bedroom I have to work with) wouldn’t be my own without the treasures I’ve collected throughout my wanderings. I can create moodboards and perfect pairings, but our home (aka Max and I) will come together organically.

And I’m not saying there’s nothing to learn from design articles or that you shouldn’t listen to experts that offer design advice (obviously, they know their sh*t!), but I’m pushing for that new world where we can be comfortable in both our bodies and our spaces.

Thoughts on designing a space that’s YOU?

Home In Sunny San Diego

Nearly two weeks ago, on a Wednesday morning after a few months to prep emotionally and pare my life down to what would fit in my Jeep and a sizable U-Haul, I left my beautiful home in the Bay with Max so we could both begin anew here in my hometown of San Diego. It was a bittersweet ending and I find myself still terribly homesick for San Francisco, and my friends and the wonderful people who came into my life there. It was a journey I’ll never forget, and something tells me Max and I may one day call the Bay home again.

So needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind coming here and getting adjusted, as I’ve frequently recounted to everyone who’s asked. On one hand I’m glad to be home…I’m close to family, in the sunshine again, finally moving in with Max, and with my friends here…but there is so much about my life in the Bay that I feel I’m missing, and that “reverse culture shock” I’m feeling still sits pretty heavily in my chest, and in lumps in my throat when I find myself alone, which is frequently at night while Max is off tying up loose ends back in the Bay Area. But I’ll continue to adjust and will hopefully find a balance once again between my work life, family life, relationship life, and writing. I love this blog, but it’s a lot to keep up. I will try my best to get a few new stories up that I have in mind. I’ll also be exploring the amazing world of vintage, thrifting, and antiquing that Southern California has to offer. It’s a new adventure for sure!

A Cluttered Life

In the midst of a seriously magical trip to New York City, my birthday festivities, and a string of activity filled weekends (including a few catering gigs), I’ve been mentally and physically preparing (aka editing things out of my room) for a huge move with Max this July. Needless to say, I haven’t been posting as much, and everything in my life seems to be so cluttered as of late. I’ll try to pick up some slack here and post more soon!

“Collected…Not Decorated”

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I completely agree! My favorite spaces are filled with the individual’s personality and their collected treasures (also thank you to the now non-existent blogger who created this little graphic).

It’s been months since I’ve posted but I’m going to try to get back on track here in a few weeks. Life has been crazy busy and I’ve been in and out of creative jobs (the life of a contractor!) and interning at an interior design startup in the San Francisco Bay Area. I hope to be writing again very soon!

-Tufted