A BIG WELCOME TO EVERYONE VISITING FROM THE SIGNATURE STYLE SERIES! I am thrilled have you at Migonis Home. Stay a while and make sure you follow along with me on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss a thing. If you are a regular reader you’ll recognize some of the things I’m talking about here today.
Do you think there is an advantage to knowing your style and defining it? I definitely think so. So when Carrie from Making Lemonade invited me to join 21 other bloggers in describing their Signature Style I was really excited… and I really wanted to see what everyone came up with (you’ll have a chance to ogle everyone style, I included the whole list of talented bloggers at the bottom!).
I like things in neutral natural colors like you’d find at the ocean: blues, greens, whites, tans and grays. Based off a comment AJ made to me a couple of days ago I think AJ is a little over the “gray” part of my love affair. Growing up we’d go to Maine every year for a couple of weeks and it was easily the happiest two weeks of my year (except for maybe Christmas week :)). The beach has always been a place for fun and relaxation for me… and by “always” I mean “pre-children”. I want our house to give the same relaxed feeling that get from the beach.
I adore repurposing furniture, especially furniture from the 1970s when there were great drawer pulls to ensure things slid well and doors were dove-tailed… I want to remake a quality piece of furniture that just needs some cosnetic help. This dresser was a beast when I bought it, for $30. All it took for a beachy makeover was removing the hardware, filling in the holes, taking off the frou frou doors and giving it a great coat of paint. This piece with it’s classic molding and lines is both beachy and traditional chic.
I’ve seen the beach look really work while doing the shabby chic distressing thing and that style isn’t completely me. I love the casual and comfortable vibe of it but if I have one house I want it to be a little more tailored than that. I want a bedroom that feels calming with beachy bedding and casual, yet tailored curtains but I want to pair it with silver frames and a champagne bucket that is currently filled to the brim with gorgeous hydrangeas.
While I love shiny frames I also love reclaimed wood and driftwood. With two kids something that is this old can’t have too many dings, right? One more just adds to the character.
I love utilizing things with fantastic texture like our kitchen stools (similar here) and pairing it with a classic and chic marble like our cararra marble.
All of the items I highlighted above were picks that are close to items I own and love that I think suit the “beachy chic” life. The other day I was running as came to the realization that I think I, and I’m guessing many others, actually spend less when we spend more. Are you confused? Let me explain. My bag of choice is a Coach bag; I get these at the Coach outlet when they are one sale so the bag costs around $120. The last one I bought was two years ago. When I save for a great bag, like the one I highlighted, I really think about if I’m going to use it for years. Is it chic, not trendy? Is it well-made? Same with the J.Crew dress in the collage above. I think that dress is around $130 (eek!!!), but I’ll tell you, when I bought one of their navy suiting dresses for around $100 five years ago it was one of my best purchases. Chic, to me, means almost timeless yet adaptable. That’s the way I want my house and wardrobe to be. Timeless, adaptable and relaxed.
Make sure you check out the rest of these talented women in the series… I’ve had a blast reading the ones who have gone already and I think you will too! You are SURE to get some amazing inspiration!