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Developing a Sense of Style by marygilliatt
Mary Gilliatt: Developing a Sense of Style

Mixing rustic, modern and classic is unexpected and fun. Photo: Bedrooms by Mary Gilliatt

A sense of style is an amalgam of two things:  first of all confidence in ones own taste and judgment and, second, knowing exactly what is suitable for a given place or situation. As Elsie de Wolfe, the famous 1920’s and 30’s decorator used to say:  “Style is… suitability, suitability, suitability…”  Meaning suitability to financial and family circumstances; to climate; to the type of home and to the area.  Of course there are occasional people who are sure enough of themselves to create some wholly unexpected interior in a wholly unexpected kind of home, but this requires rare confidence.  And confidence is exactly what we must try to develop…

Mary Gilliatt: Developing a Sense of Style

Modern art looks fresh near a traditional chaise, no? Photo: Mary Gilliatt's Home Comforts with Style

Some fortunate people seem to be born with an innate sense of style and suitability, whether in clothes, or the interiors of houses and apartments, or both.  Although curiously, the one does not necessarily go naturally with the other.  Most of us, however, have to work at it, just as most of us have to work on a sophisticated color sense and the knowledge of how to build up color in a room.

Mary Gilliatt: Developing a Sense of Style

Large rooms can be surprisingly cozy. Photo: Mary Gilliatt's Home Comforts with Style

Luckily by diligence and by cultivating the habit of really seeing what you are looking at and then analyzing why you like it or don’t like it, it is quite possible to become more comfortable and sure of one’s own tastes; to develop new ones and even to experiment here and there. Don’t you agree?

Mary Gilliatt: Developing a Sense of Style

Maybe not your first combo choice, but this works anyway. Photo: Bedrooms by Mary Gilliatt

Cheers,
Mary

International Designer Mary Gilliatt