UncategorizedFinding Style Fridays: Free Spirited Earthy Moody Collector February 28, 2014 I am so excited to have my good friend, Cassie, here for Finding Style Fridays. Y’all, Cassie has such cool style and is so kind and hilarious. Seriously, she makes me laugh all of the time. Without further ado, here she is! *** I am Cassie from Primitive and Proper and I am so excited to be here on Lindsay’s blog today. I am a huge fan of her style and her beautiful soul. I found it a challenge to nail down my style simple because it’s one of those evolutional parts of who I am…. as I change, it changes. I want to backtrack a bit to tell you a little about who I am so that you understand how I came about choosing my style. Do you remember high school? (There’s a good chance you are cringing right now!) I remember it well…. the cliques, the pimples, the DRAMA. But what I also remember is that I wasn’t in a clique. I was a bit of a floater, with friends in different circles, but not necessarily my own inner circle. I had a best friend, and then I had a few groups I would hang out with because I loved them all! There are so many amazing people in this world with so much to offer. When it comes to my style, I feel very much the same way…. I float around because I. LOVE. IT. ALL. In my home I love to have modern elements mixed with vintage; I love contrast, and natural elements. So I am sharing with you where I am right now on my style journey, but in 6 months, I may float away, but then later down the road come back to where I am now. Change is always welcome in my home! I am calling my style… I am going to break it down for you and share some examples from my home. Free Spirited…. When I am inspired and have an idea, I like to roll with it. Immediately! One day I was painting a piece of furniture with my black paint, and I decided I wanted to add some graffiti to my kids bathroom. So while the paint was still on the brush, I went for it! Free spirited to me also means fun and playful, whimsical. I love adding fun touches to our home as I think it shows guests that we are not a family who takes ourselves too seriously. In the entry, I added a sharpie sheep wall with one black sheep facing the wrong way. To me it says, “We go against the grain if we feel like it!” Emmy’s room is the epitome of free spirited, full of fun and color and different things that speak to her soul. And in my master bedroom, I added these quirky animal trophies I found at an estate sale. Why? Why not, I ask you! Earthy Moody… Lately I am drawn to all those dark moody colors mixed with natural elements. You can see a glimpse above of the navy walls in my own master bedroom. And my dining room underwent a change to charcoal gray last summer after I bought a set of bentwoods. I love how the moody dark color plays nicely with the natural wood tones. And most recently, I’ve had fun with black paint. The guest room fell victim to black paint just before Christmas, and I mixed it with natural elements like a tree trunk side table, and a DIY dream catcher (I made from a hula hoop!) with pheasant feathers and wooden beads. Our living room fireplace recently went bold and black as well… And the kitchen, a work in progress, also got its moody on with navy painted cabinets. (This photo is from Christmas, but it shows you the combination of charcoal walls in the dining room and navy cabinets in the kitchen). Collector… I am a lover and collector of many different vintage pieces. I have a propensity for brass animals, especially those in the deer family…. (You can see the largest 3 in my collection on my fireplace image above). These guys hang out in the guest room… And this pair plays in an antique terrarium on the kitchen island… Another one of my favorite items to collect is vintage art. I have several pieces around the house, and some grouped in collections. My dining room features a nautical painting gallery… Even Sawyer has a little collection of vintage pieces in his room… In the living room, my husband and I recently created built ins out of industrial piping. This was a great opportunity for me to display other special collections, such as milk glass I had thrifted and also inherited from my great grandmother. Functional Twist… We do not live in a large home, so every inch has to work for us, but I am not a big fan of your typical functional design. Adding the pipe built ins helped us tremendously with where to place our TV equipment, magazines, and more. In the kitchen, we had a gorgeous island built by our neighbor and finished by me, and one of the key elements to the design was open storage…. In Emmy’s room we carved out a space for her to work in her closet. Sawyer also needed a space to work and create, so I found the perfect small desk, refinished it, and fit in his dormer nook. A space can be functional and work for you, but still say so much about who you are and what your passions are. We’ve done our best to maximize the utility of our home, but what I certainly hope people get out of it when they see it is a sense of who we are…. a playful, sentimental, Earth-loving family of four, with a a dog, too! Thank you so much, Lindsay, for allowing me to share my style with your readers today! *** Thank you, Cassie! If you’re interested in being featured on Finding Style Fridays, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com. I’d love to have you!