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Expressing Your Personal Style

Gregory Vaughan - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I went to my first Heritage golf tournament this past weekend. That's right, I, like the hoards of other islanders and out-of-town visitors, braved the less than stellar weather Saturday morning and "got my plaid on" at our annual golf extravaganza. How I have managed to work for almost 25 years on an island resort known as much for being a golfer's paradise as anything else and not ever attended this event is beyond me. However, when clients offered me their passes for the day I jumped at the opportunity.

Although I do not play myself, I can appreciate the talent it takes to play the game. Seeing it live certainly gave me a better perspective than watching on television and mingling with a crowd that was so energetic, for the most part, very well behaved, only made it more enjoyable. One of the things I discovered most interesting was some of the players' fashion choices.

Of course, golf attire was once known for for its sometimes garishly loud color palettes and less than subtle patterns, making it the butt of many jokes. However, over the years it seems the clothing has gone the way of so much other active wear and become more homogenous and less flamboyant. So, I was fascinated by some of the more daring clothing choices and wondered if the players' personalities matched their outfits.

What is it about golf fashion that allows us to perhaps step a little outside our comfort zone and express ourselves a bit more than we may normally do? Or, in the case of big tournaments, do the sponsors act as personal stylists and dictate what the players will wear over the course of the tournament? A quick google search actually revealed a little of both. If the players are game for it, the sponsors will happily oblige. Why not have some fun with it and make it personal?

This got me thinking about how much interior design is like fashion. In fact, it is fashion for the home. And I find the most interesting and successful interior design is when it is personal and reflective of the owners as opposed to super trendy and of-the-moment. With the proliferation of design and shelter magazines, and the ubiquitous television home decorating channels like HGTV it is easy to get caught up in the drama of it all.

Sometimes when I look at a heavily styled, staged, and edited photograph in a glossy magazine it just looks like no one actually lives there, or if they do they live in a make-believe world. The goal of designing your home, even when you enlist the professional assistance of an interior designer, is to create a place to be yourself. It should reflect your likes and embrace your quirks at the same time. When I see a room decorated in all one style I just think what a missed opportunity to create something truly personal. When something is limited to one note it is often boring.

How about a little unexpected pop? If you love old houses and antiques then by all means celebrate the two. But do you really want to live in a house museum? I don't.

I am all about adding a little eclecticism. The juxtaposition of a slick, contemporary steel and glass cocktail table sitting in front of an antique 19th century mahogany chest can be pure magic and decorating bliss. And who says modern abstract art can't happily hang on the wall next to 18th century prints?

If you have many facets to your personality then so should your home's interiors. Only then is it a true portrait of you. Never be afraid to express yourself with your home's interiors. If you do not want to blend in with the crowd then step outside your comfort zone and get your plaid on.


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