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Expressing Your Personal Style Through Furnishing

Tom and Kim EvansFurnishings set the stage to reveal your personal style.

(This story was originally published!)

“Don’t go for second best,” Madonna advises in her hit song, “Express Yourself.” Heed her words.

A mistake in clothing is easily fixed. Even the choice in a car is a limited-period experience, and you know that before making the purchase. However, while homes, and the furniture inside, may not last forever, the setting and surroundings in which a person or family lives expresses who the homeowner is in a way that no other possession does.

Even most people who utilize the expertise of a professional interior designer expect to offer direction and make decisions regarding selection. The choice of furnishings says more about how a person sees the world — and wants the world to see him or her.

Functionality is key, of course, but since log homes are a setting that can frame almost any style of decor, homeowners are often more focused on creating a statement. The trick in all this is knowing what type of furnishing style best expresses who you are. Here are the more common styles and what they say, without the need to articulate.

Traditional (pictured above)
This is the style that isn’t really a stylish-style. There is nothing bold about it. It’s the accountant of styles, which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to mess up. What it says about the homeowners is that they are careful, not given to wild spurts of trendiness that will have to be updated regularly, and interested in a setting that is timeless. Well-planned, traditional pieces will be just as comfortable and attractive in two decades as the day they are placed in the home. Surprisingly, traditional pieces are often also selected for more adventurous types who want simplicity and timelessness as the backdrop for trendy accoutrements.

By Joyce Standridge

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