WHAT’S YOUR STYLE STATEMENT?

About a month ago, I received an email from Carrie McCarthy letting me know that she had used a photo from my blog for her blog (always a nice gesture) and also to introduce me to her work – a company she calls Style Statement.
I was immediately intrigued by the concept – an hour or so consultation that results in a two-word statement of who you are. Not just a style guide for your wardrobe or home decor, this statement “fully expresses your soul,” as Carrie puts it. It encompasses every decision you make and helps you understand why, but it can also be used to remind yourself of what it is you need to feed that soul of yours.
So, when Carrie offered me the chance to experience a session, I was incredibly excited! My own design process relies on a deeper understanding of others’ style and finding ways to help them express that through interior design, wardrobe consulting, and even private events. I believe, as Carrie does, that all of these are a reflection of who we are, and to have a statement that helps guide all of these decisions is invaluable.
The session takes 45 minutes by phone and, as explained on the website, asks “a unique series of questions about what you long for, what inspires you, and what you love.” At the end of it Carrie takes a quick break to go through your answers and calls you back with your two-word Style Statement, explaining in detail what it means to you and how to use it in your everyday life.

I know, I know – you want to know what mine was, right??
I am a Classic Inspiration. But what exactly does that mean? Carrie employs the 80/20 rule in these statements. Which means that 80% of the time I’m very Classic. This rules the majority of my decisions (so, very very true) and is at the core of me. But that 20% is what gives you your unique twist on the first word. As Carrie says – it’s your accessory. So while I love a ‘Classic’ space, that ‘Inspiration’ piece is what makes it mine.
Of course the reason I’m sharing this with all of you is not only because I think the idea is insanely wonderful – I think it would make an amazing gift. Think of how perfect it would be as a wedding gift to newlyweds so that they can better understand what drives each other’s lifestyle. Or, to someone just launching their own business who needs that compass to guide them when making a thousand decisions for the first time. Your Style Statement is your personal brand and that is a very empowering thing.
Carrie herself is a Refined Treasure – a perfect description for this amazing woman. “I’ve been in design my whole life,” Carrie explained to me, “but Style Statement has offered me the opportunity to marry beauty and meaning.” Her business is so much more than a service and it shows with her passion for the process.

Right now, Carrie is offering a special on a Style Statement session. Contact her at hello@stylestatement.com and mention coco+kelley to receive a 20% savings.

*images via home & gardens, hugh stewart, carina seth andersson, alex papachristidis, living etc

34 responses on “WHAT’S YOUR STYLE STATEMENT?

  1. Anonymous

    What a great idea – it really would be a fun gift … especially for those folks who "have it all" or "get it for themselves." I think I may bookmark this for a Mother's Day treat! Thanks Cassandra & Carrie!

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  2. Anonymous

    This is one of the most fantastic ideas. And I really mean that because I never use the word fantastic! Absolutely delightful. I'd love to know what my 2 words are!

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  3. Anonymous

    oh, I bought the Style Statement book a couple years back when it first came out. It is very interesting. I have always wanted to actually do the style statement with Carrie.

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  4. Anonymous

    Lately, I have been searching for good translations of old world elements of stained glass.
    You have just provided me with everything I have been looking for.

    Well done.

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  5. Anonymous

    I have to admit… I am a little skeptical of the power of a two word phrase on the various aspects of my life and style. Perhaps it is because I am worried she would need about 10 words to describe me.

    Thanks for sharing! And of course, I loved the beautiful chandelier above the dining room table!

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  6. Anonymous

    Not only does this service sound so cool, but this is one of the prettiest posts you've done in a while–and that's saying something, cause your posts are always gorgeous! Speaks to the power of the style statement, perhaps…?

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  7. Anonymous

    wow, thank you anne!! and yes, i specifically chose photos that i felt defined my "Classic Inspiration" statement… so there you go!

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  8. Anonymous

    I have the book Style Statement and have been meaning to work through it to find my statement! Thanks for the reminder! I have such a hard time nailing down my style so I wonder what mine will be…

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  9. Anonymous

    Oh yes fabulous idea and adore all the images in this post–all stunning. Is it bad that I want to gift it to myself:)

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  10. Anonymous

    Very interesting! Though we've never met, from reading your blog, I think her assessment of you sounds about right!

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  11. Anonymous

    What a fabulous concept- and a great way to start the initial interior design process or fashion stylist process for a client!

    Great gift for a special someone too!

    Classic Inspiration- that sounds so lovely!

    Michelle

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  12. Anonymous

    I just ordered the book last week, so thank you for this post! I don't necessarily gravitate toward the style of the rooms you posted, but they are gorgeous nonetheless!

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  13. Anonymous

    is fantastic, this is quite my style, love the white bottles ..
    I enclose an open interior design shop here in Portugal, but I want to be one thing that distinguishes … I love your ideas

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  14. Anonymous

    Love this idea. If I could afford it, I would do it! But I think I have a pretty clear idea of my style statement already.

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  15. Anonymous

    Very interesting concept, as I'm very much about giving people the tools (in my own industry) to be able to express their own selves artistically, instead of relying on other people's inspirations for their creations.

    I love the idea of giving this consultation as a gift to a married couple. It's hard to imagine myself fitting into two words, so it makes me very curious.

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  16. Anonymous

    I worked through the Style Statement book a couple of years ago and I'm 'Comfortable Creative'. I was so blown away, but the more I live by that, the happier I am! Glad you found your words–you will find hundreds of different ways to express your authentic self now that you have words to define it.

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  17. Anonymous

    Carrie's Style Statement fits her perfectly because she truly is a Refined Treasure herself! I bought Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design in 2008, and truly, knowing your two words *does* guide you with clarity and focus throughout various aspects of life. It uncovers style AND substance. I highly recommend going through this process.

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Wallpaper In The Entry

The more I think about it the more I’m convinced…
Next to a Powder Room, the best place to add wallpaper is definitely the entryway. I love that it’s a little surprise you see on the way out instead of on the way in… such a fun touch!
Preferably in a graphic black and white print, of course. (Zebra runner, very optional, but I do like the contrasted stairs.)

*images via skona hem, unknown

24 responses on “Wallpaper In The Entry

  1. Anonymous

    I so agree Cassandra. The black & white strip is my favorite with the zebra stair runner..ahhh. I am a huge wallpaper nerd. Love walnutwallpaper.com. Like wallpaper porn!! x

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  2. Anonymous

    Wherever can I find that top wallpaper? It's simply stunning in the entryway.

    Reminds me of this amazing photo of Anne Hathaway on my blog {here}.

    Cheers.

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  3. Anonymous

    I really like the bold, strong stripes in the entry way. I filed this away from more home decor inspiration whenever I get around to owning a home! :P

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  4. Anonymous

    I'm definitely going to remember this when I have to start decorating my new house. I want to a lot black and white patterns!

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  5. Anonymous

    I can't argue with that, Cassandra, since entryways set the tone for what's to come in the rest of your space. Keep up the great work! :-)

    Shannon

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  6. Anonymous

    Totally agree – I often find wallpaper a little overwhelming on a large scale, in a small space like an entrance it's a perfect way to make a big statement and not get too fussy or cluttered with accessories.

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  7. Anonymous

    ms lola – that is indeed the same wallpaper. it's by fornasetti for cole & son, I believe! if you google fornasetti wallpaper you'll find lots of resources for it. they are a fantastic italian design company!

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  8. Anonymous

    I like the black and white print, I have this in my kitchen cabinets. The contrasted stairway is amazing though!
    xx

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  9. Anonymous

    more and more i'm thinking about using wallpaper. and more and more that means that someone will need to make a helena visit! that being you! thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

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In Their Own Backyards…

I finally took some time this weekend to stumble through blogs, searching out new ones I’d never set my eyes on when I came across this gem: Backyard Bill
Capturing unique and creative people in their own clothes, in their own backyards. (PS – The guy above so belongs in Seattle.)I like that the blog asks a few brief questions, offering a glimpse of the personality behind the photos. My favorite response Christian – the man blowing kisses.

What do you do or what would you like to do when you grow up?

I am working with clothes right now. When I grow up I hopefully have a bunch of kids, my body covered with tattoos and living next to the ocean.

Perfect.

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Heart It

If you haven’t figured out that I’m a huge fan of Jen Gotch and pretty much everything she does, this should set things over the top. She and her partner in crime Jamie have once again created some gorgeous little beauties over at ban.do, but this time it’s for their heart line where everything is $50 or less.
I am so so so in love with that big huge sparkly rainbow colored bow. Go check ‘em out for some serious holiday wear!

14 responses on “Heart It

  1. Anonymous

    We are going back to big hair beauties, so let's grab back those hot rollers, and throw down some big Texas size bounce and enjoy the party.

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  2. Anonymous

    I am so in love with all the great big hair accessories, except that I have a really small head and it looks terrible on me! Ugh! I was finally able to find a small bow headband that doesn’t look like it is eating my head.

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  3. Anonymous

    That heart band is so cute… I can so see my little sis wearing this. (I would wear it too but think I would get funny looks at work!)

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  4. Anonymous

    Love them! I have been admiring them from afar, but couldn't bring myself to spend so much on it, but these are great and a better price!

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  5. Anonymous

    I love these too, what a great collection! I think they would be a fun accessory for bridesmaids or something to that effect…

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Details from High Point: The Ribbon Tree Lamp

I know, I know. Market was WEEKS ago and I’m totally behind in my reporting, but I promise to keep bringing you little goodies I found while I was there, starting with this quirky and creative lamp…
A very Anthropologie-esque approach to lighting, this floor lamp from Arteriors Home would be just too perfect in a room that welcomes the outdoors in… or perhaps in an entryway on either side of the hall, sort of how they set it up here in the showroom.
The shade is created from loops of ribbon woven in and out of the frame creating fantastic texture! But, my favorite part was the attention to detail in the styling… a few little birdies in the base of the lamp.
These cuties also flanked one of the lamps and were placed about the showroom with fresh flowers… I know I’ve seen them before, but seriously, they’re adorable. I’d love a pair for my entryway to hide dripping umbrellas or greet visitors with fresh greens!

8 responses on “Details from High Point: The Ribbon Tree Lamp

  1. Anonymous

    Gorgeous shade — and so detailed! I can only imagine the cost. It has such a wonderfully natural feel to it and I do love the birds at the bottom, though I feel a bit bad they're caged…

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