Saturday, April 23, 2011

robby benson, skipper and me

I recently did a guest-post at Annette Tatum's The Well-Dressed Home blog and it was so enjoyable for me to assemble, photograph and write that I would like to share it here, too. If you read it at Annette's, I apologize for the rerun ...

When asked to publish a post about Annette's beautiful book The Well-Dressed Home, Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style, I knew instantly that I wanted to explore the premise for myself:

{Personality is key when developing your wardrobe, and the same is true when creating a unique decorating scheme for your home.}

As a teenager, I was very proud of my bedroom. I recall feeling how the space was an extension of my personality; that someone could walk in and know it was mine. While my mom had picked out bedding and curtains, I was given free reign to hang posters and display collections. Whether it was a poster of dreamy Robby Benson, my plaid Preppie calendar, or the pink and green Sex Pistols album cover: it was me. Somehow, these attributes still apply: a mix of sweet, practical and fun.

In the Design Style Guide part of Annette's book, styles are broken down into lavishly presented categories of Romantic, Couture, Classic, Casual, Bohemian, Retro, Resort, Modern, Eclectic, Vintage, and Eco. It was fun to assign a mix for myself which appears to be Romantic-Casual-Vintage ... for now!



When I scouted for clothing in the colors of my home office (aka the Girlie Office), the accent colors of pinks and aquas were an easy find. However, no yellow: not a shirt, not a shoe, not an earring. I've always felt sallow in yellow yet am very happy surrounded by the sunny hue.



The scheme in the dining room and kitchen are similar to the Girlie Office: pale with bright; this time mint paired with bright shades of blue, red and raspberry.



The living room is all about tones of grays and blues with a bit of white and occasional sparkle. A coordinating outfit was quickly located as I tend to wear quite a bit of gray and blue with a little sparkle.



Shoes are always flats, thanks to my style icon the Skipper doll.



Again, quite a bit of gray ...



with a little sparkle.



And comfort is always a priority in both my fashion and furnishing choices.

xo
elyse

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{tee hee}

16 comments:

BLONDEDESIGN said...

Thanks for sharing photos look fab. kx

Theresa said...

Sweet post and beautiful! Loving that chair with the sweater:)

HUGS!

Kit said...

Love this post! And ending with Robbie Benson (who can't love him in Ice Castles?) was perfect! Kit

cupcake studio said...

Oh my word...I loved Robby, too!!! As an adult, I saw him read in a Christmas program at Disney...he's still a cutie!

Jill said...

Loved this post! I love your fresh, sweet style. You always inspire me, Elyse!

Hugs,
Jill

PS: Ahhhh... Robbie...

I had The Police hanging on my wall. I remember really being into decorating my room as a teenager. Some things never change. Except I don't hang The Police on my wall. Hmmmm... there's always the garage...

ShabbyLife said...

I adore these pictures! Even the Robby Benson picture (HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan ;)

Happy Easter,
Lauralee

pinkstilettos said...

Hi...Just wanted to wish you a Happy easter!!
DaisY~

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Sweet post! You know I love your gray sweater and shoes! Of course you know what that reminds me of! ;)

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Love,
Maryjane

debi said...

This was a great post! Worth repeating.

I finally got my Romantic Country magazine! I love your article, of course, I always enjoy reading your writing!

Happy Easter!

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

I love your style...but you know that already!
I have many of the same colors in my wardrobe (if you can call loungewear a wardrobe) as my home, but I am drawn to gray colors as well in my clothes. I wonder what this says about me? ;). At least you add some sparkle!

NanaDiana said...

You are soooo cute! Loved this post. I always wear flats too...after 40 years of high/HIGH heels! lol Love that your home says YOU! xxoo Diana

gail said...

Hi, I love visiting your blog. Its just beautiful and I love your color choices! Everything is so pretty.

Happy Creating, Gail

Karen said...

Robby Benson - now that is a name from the past! OMG!
Love the photos - especially the one of the chair with the sweater...sometimes it is just the simple things.
Have a great week! Karen

Diane Mars said...

I think your style is charming! Thanks for sharing...
oxox, Diane

Mitzi Curi said...

I love that chair with the roses on the back. Very sweet. And Robby Benson was sort of the Justin Beiber of my teenage years, except he didn't sing, did he? I loved the movie "Jeremy".

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

You and me and a boy named, Robby! Elyse, I LOVED Robby Benson AND I owned a Skipper doll, too. My sister had a Midge doll. Memories.... BTW, I took your advice some time ago and sent Fifi my blog link/bedroom redo....details later!