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How do I incorporate my own personal tastes while also making the space functional & comfortable?

Here are a few key steps to help with this:


Make a list of your must-haves: Think about what you need from the space in terms of function and comfort. For example, a comfortable seating area, good lighting, and enough storage.


Find ways to blend your must-haves with your personal style: Look for ways to incorporate your must-haves into the space in a way that also reflects your personal style. For example, if you like a minimalist aesthetic, you can choose furniture with clean lines and simple shapes. Below are two home office Boho mood boards that I have created. In the first mood board you will see that everything works together from a Boho style and colour perspective, but the second mood board I have added an animal art piece which is not Boho at all but it works because the colours in that art flows really well with the overall colour palette in this boho style home office, and that is how you can incorporate some of your personal items.





Identify your personal style: Consider your personal style and the things you like, such as color, pattern, and texture. Once this has been done, I always suggest creating a mood board which is your styling map, ensuring you stay on track with your styling journey.

I have seen so many people making the same mistake when they purchase new furniture pieces for example - they look at the furniture pieces as an individual item and they don't take into consideration how it will work with everything else. Each style has design elements that makes that style unique and you must stay within those design elements to ensure you create a cohesive look. In saying that you can mix 2-3 styles, but they still have to compliment the main style. Here are some design elements that are unique to a coastal style home.




Use decor and accessories to express your personal style or interests: Use decor and accessories to add personality to the space and make it feel more like you. For example, you can use artwork, rugs, and throw pillows to add colour, pattern, and texture to the room. Another great example is to use some of your photos from a holiday or your family to create a beautiful gallery wall or focal point.


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Photo credit: Daisy Daniels

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Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles: Mixing di Look for ways to incorporate your must-haves into the space in a way that also reflects your personal style. For example, if you like a minimalist aesthetic, you can choose furniture with clean lines and simple shapes. Below are two Bohost mood boards that I have created and you will see that everything works together from a style and colour perspective in the first mood board, but in the second one I have added another art piece which is not Boho at all but it works because the colours in that art flows really well with the overall colour palette and that is how you can sneak in some of your personal items.items.tems.ems.ms.tems.ems.ms.s..e plants and that is easy aincorporate some palms or other greenery which works really well with the coastal style.


Make the space functional and comfortable: Keep in mind the purpose of the room and make sure it is functional and comfortable for the intended use. Make sure that the room has good lighting, comfortable seating, and enough storage space.


Test and adjust: As you start to incorporate your personal style and must-haves, take some time to live in the space and see how it feels. Make adjustments as needed to ensure that the space is both functional and comfortable for you. Remember, it is your space and you don't have to do everything at once.


If you you would like to work with me to help you with your styling journey, you can contact me, Maryna for an obligation free chat on 040 990 6564 or email maryna@myinteriorstylist.com.au or view our styling page


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