Is it Love or an HGTV Crush?

Cover Blog Pic“I think I need subway tiles and a farm sink in my kitchen.”

“I definitely need some word art.”

“Mid-century modern would look so great in a bedroom. Or maybe a bohemian look with a Moroccan wedding blanket.”

“Ooohh, look at those French cafe chairs.”

The more we see something, the more we think we like it, and the harder it gets to discern what our TRUE loves are… Is the farm kitchen REALLY my style, or do I just like it because I’ve seen it on Fixer Upper? 

How can we tell if we are truly “in love” or just having an “HGTV crush?”

This week one of my favorite blogs, The Salonniere, retweeted a piece on Mary McDonald they wrote a year ago during this week in May. The moment I clicked on the article and saw the first pictures, I relaxed.

Foyer installation by Mary McDonald featured in Veranda

Foyer installation by Mary McDonald featured in Veranda

There they were… my true loves: a carefully curated collection of gold fixtures, dramatic colors, chinoiserie patterns, elegant patterns, and ornate mirrors.

Featured in House Beautiful, Mary McDonald brings the chicness of black and white to the patio

Featured in House Beautiful, Mary McDonald brings the chicness of black and white to the patio

I’ve purchased a lot of design books over the years, but there is a reason some look brand-new and some are full of bookmarks.

A lot of furniture in my house has been painted and then re-painted when I realized bright aqua really wasn’t my style despite its popularity on Pinterest circa 2012.

Holes have been filled in on walls when a black and white “gallery-wall” was taken down in favor of Schumacher’s Ming Cherry Blossom wallpaper.

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake or two and don’t be afraid to take your time. Sometimes we need that time, or a few dates, to decide what we don’t want. And remember, just because something isn’t your style does not mean you’re judging it. Take the time to find what fits YOU, not just what was staged for TV.

Crushes will fade when compared to classics.

Take a look at the legends before you fall for a trend.

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