Monday, October 8, 2012

Staying True To Your Style

As I'm preparing for the upcoming Na-Da Farm Event (vintage barn sale and more!), I began to ponder about "my style" and choices to sell and make for the show.  As in, does anyone else like these bright, cottage colors as much as I do?  Will anyone buy this stuff I like and collect...or am I completely "off" here?  

I describe my style as "Vintage Cottage".  It's very colorful, I draw a lot of inspiration from 
Cath Kidston colors.  

 {Cath Kidston}

 This style seems to be very popular in England...perhaps I should move???  ;)

There is definitely a nod to the 30's - 50's in it, as I love illustrations and style like this...

Vintage industrial is so popular right now...and if I had any brains, I should buy everything in that style to sell or repurpose.  Don't get me wrong, I do very much like vintage industrial style and pieces, but it isn't the core of my's not exactly cozy, cottage, cute.


And then there is all the ruffly white out there...

Very pretty, but just not "me"...I LOVE color!!  I like white and I like ruffles too though.  In fact, I did have a mostly white phase at one time.

Let's not forget about Mid-Century Modern...

I like some of it, and I know there are tons of people out there who love it...but again, 
it's just not "me".

So, here's the deal (or at least this is what I am telling myself)...I'm going to stick to "my style" and what I like, regardless of what is popular in decor, and hope that others like what they see and find some treasures in my space at the barn sale. 

Here are some things I've been working on to sell at the event...

 Vintage fabric yardage

 Vintage advertising and packaging to get crafty with

 Vintage creative/crafty packs

 Charming vintage books

 Vintage sewing notions and supplies

 Handmade hair pins with vintage buttons and findings

 Upcycled vintage hardware and lumber store aprons

I have decided to move away from selling furniture items for the most part, it's too cumbersome to transport alone and too time consuming/too messy for me to tackle at home in multiples.  Of course, there will always be the occasional gem I find that needs a makeover and I will sell that!

I'm going to be offering more items that the buyer can use in their own creative projects, like vintage flash cards, scrap packs, sewing notions, and lots of other bits and bobs.  I've handmade or upcycled some things to sell, as you can tell from the photos above.  I'll also have some straight up fabulous vintage decor finds, as I have had in the past!

I just finished my banner/sign for my space, look for it at the sale if any 
of those pictured items dazzle you!

 {"Cottage Industry" is my business name, I also have a website at: Cottage Industry}

* Just to clarify, I definitely think and am a big fan of combining different styles in decorating, this is coming from a business perspective...having a signature style, creating a "brand", etc.

 Here's the info for the sale:

Hope to see you there!


P.S.  What's your style?  Color?  Whites?  Modern?  Do tell...



I is sooo hard to stick to one style. I would say that is the one designing pitfall most people make. I am guilty of it!

I think you made a wise choice, your style is timeless and eye catching. It's like a candy cheery and happy.
Great pics, good luck and sell lots!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

awesome post! i always have a hard time pinpointing my style, yet i hear people say to me "oh that is SO you and so your style" so clearly i have one.... but anyhow, i definitely sell what i love and what i know. when i have tried things that didn't feel very me i didn't love selling it.... so i think that it's a great decision that allows you to 100 percent stand behind your product.

chateau chic said...

I believe it's important to stay true to yourself. You do that so well and your items will stand out and you'll be excited about selling what you love.
Mary Alice

michele said...

i hear you. and i honor your commitment to stay true rather than compromise and sell what you are not drawn to. it's tough. as your style does evolve, your inventory can too.

yours is such a happy mix, and i am glad the world is full of color lovin folks.


i will be in paris while you are at nada.


Restyled Vintage said...

Stacey you have described your style perfectly, and at the same time described mine :) All the pics you have used to illustrate your point are just divine. I LOVE bright colours too, so could never go the all white and neutrals route. Cath Kidston is also a big inspiration of mine, along with Greengate. Perhaps in another life we were born in England ;) Actually I am a New Zealander and only have to go back two generations to find my UK heritage!

I live in Australia now but my garden is all roses and lavender and pretty...none of this tropical style stuff for me!

Good luck for the barn sale, I am sure your style and items will be a hit :)
xx Karen

gena said...

I'm a cottage'y - victorian'y - country'ish kind of girl! I love color, after all I live in a LAVENDER house and I love cozy and cute...

What style does that make??? I'm not sure, but I've had the same "vision" since I was a kid and yet, I grew up (in the 60's/70's) in a home decorated in cold, modern, asian style - go figure!

great post!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love the fun colours and pieces you put together. I guess my style would be rustic country, lots of neutrals but have to have some black and pops of colour-especially pretty blues.

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

PLEASE dont change your style. It is one of my favorites!! Even though I love white, creams and blues, I LOVE looking at your blog and all that you have done with your home. I wish I had a room in all those fun colors. Stick with what you love. We have to make OURSELVES happy no matter what the current trend may be!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I think you are very wise to sell what you love. I had a cottage painting business for a number of years and very quickly learned not to try to guess what others are going to like and to make the things that I loved. Your booth will shine with items in your happy colorful style!!! Have fun!

Junkchiccottage said...

Stacey you should stick to what style you love. Your home is where you find love, comfort and happiness so you should always make your home to reflect what you love. You know me with my whites and creams which some may think that is boring but it is what I love. I think a style and home decor should not be the latest trend but what feel good to you. Even though my love is in the neutrals I still love to come into your home with all the color. It's happy and reflects you and that is what makes your home amazing. You have a great style and it shows throughout your home. I am excited to see what you have at Nada and I am a white and cream girl!!!! I look forward to spending some time with you on Wednesday. See you soon.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love your style!! I'm kind of a mixture of styles...farmhouse and cottage. I love white, but I also love color. I so agree that we should stay true to the style that we love.

Martha Rule said...

I love this post and visited some fun blogs from the comments. Embracing the industrial a little bit for storage solutions over here, old wire baskets/boxes and also cottage-y fabrics for seat covers, towels, etc but I think I lean mostly toward midcentury clean line looks. Thanks for reminder to articulate that!

traci said...

you have such great style. love your home!!!! that little farm book has my name all over it. want!!!!

Vintage Country Girl said...

Well, our styles are very similar. I am in LOVE with Cath Kidston as well. London fascinates me for some reason. I like a little vintage industrial, as long as it's mixed with vintage cottage chic or anything chippy. I'm a color girl, and I think your items for the sale are delightful!

Whimsical Perspective said...

Hi Stacey,

Your post really hit a note with me this morning. This is something I struggle with all of the time. I will paint something that I think is amazing and no one looks at it. It sits in the shop for months. It does make me question my style a bit.
I guess we will see at Na-Da, who likes our styles. :) See you there!


Dawn said...

I would so buy, I love your style girl you are inspirational to me!!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I've been contemplating these same questions as I prepare to move into a new home and plan on opening an antiques/vintage booth at the mall.

Nothing makes me draw a deep breath like that Cath Kidston pic up put up so I'm going to say that's my style. That might not be what my home looks like right now but that's the direction I'm going- lots of white with pops of color in the objects in the room.

I really would like my future booth to reflect my style but at this point in time, I want to keep everything that is my style- not sell it! Hmmm... So, do I open a booth with just a bunch of vintage stuff that I don't want and have an ugly booth? I want to be proud of my booth and introduce some color to our mall...

I know i've found in crafting for swaps that I need to stay with in my style. It's not fun to craft for some one who likes something different than I do... If I were you, I'd stick to selling what makes you smile if you have enough inventory for that!

My, I sure am babling on! :)

birdie blue said...

love your style, stacey. i think you know where i fall in the style category debate....

i'm going to try to make the sale this time, hopefully.


Art and Sand said...

I have "my" style and stick with it even if it isn't ''in" style. I love to look at all white rooms and the industrial look, but they aren't me. I love your look because I am a primary color girl. I love just checking in with you to see what you're doing.

Amy said...

I love your style. I too have thought I should be living in the UK also! We went to England over Christmas and cottage vintage was every where. I loved it!

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

What a great post!! I have sooo much trouble sticking to one style!! I love everything, but, like you, one thing I know for sure is...I need color!!!! Everytime I think, oh maybe I'll go neutral, that lasts about a week before I start adding color back in!! Have a great day! =) Deanna

Erin said...

You know how much I adore your style, Stacey, so I'm totally biased. :) But I think--from a business perspective--that selling what you're truly passionate about not only ultimately leads to more success, but more enjoyment for you also. As it goes with life in general, the truer you are to yourself, the better things seem to work out. Have fun at Na-Da this weekend--can't wait to see the pics!

P.S.--And if you have any leftover fabric from the sale, feel free to bring it with you to Georgia so I can take it off your hands and add it to my hoard. :)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I am behind you 100%! Stay true to what you love! Someone told me a few months ago when I was struggling with this very emotion - about whether anyone liked my style - that if I loved what i did to just keep doing it - others would like it too. and she was right!
And don't forget the eclectic of us! We like to mix it all up - a little of every style! So we need all of the styles to choose our stuff from!

{northern cottage} said...

seriously? who DOESN'T adore these fresh, happy, wonderful cottage colors! Awesome collection of inspiring images! xo

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Love your style... it's the happy kind of cottage style. I like to use whatever makes me smile!

Joyce said...

I think its very cute! My style changes all the time. And hubby likes dark wood ( of which I am not a huge fan!)

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Hi Stacey,

My "style" is a lot like yours. When I started my shop, I wanted a "Cath Kidston meets Greengate meets happy cozy cottage" vibe, because that's what I love. Before I make anything, I think to myself, is this happy? little? cottage? If not, I don't include it in my shop. I adore your house, and I would LOVE to shop at your booth!! My house doesn't at all resemble my shop and I wish it would!!! Good Luck!

Bethany said...

My style definetly "eclectic". I like lots of different things and I like different things for different seasons. I'd say my style is natural-country-vintage farmhouse (though I don't actually live in a farmhouse). However I think it's easy to be swayed when you see a certain style all over the place. You think... is my style out-dated? Do I need to make a change? Ultimately, you have to be true to yourself. I try to only bring home what I really love. Sometimes I'll walk away from something at a shop or sale, knowing that if it's really "me" I'll have to go back for it.

Looks like you'll have a lot of great things at the sale. Can't wait!

Tricia said...

Go with what you love and let the real you shine through! I feel like I'm drawn to a lot of different styles, but the look that makes me truly happy is a one that feels clean with a natural and neutral look...not too girly though. Now if I could only change everything in my house to get it that way :)

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...


This almost had me in tears, I have been struggling with this myself as of late. I love color too and love all the white and have been struggling with the white concept. I love the blogs with it, but it really isn't me, I love cottage and Cath Kidston ROCKS she is just costly and the shipping is insane. I want to live with my cottage style and this post helps me SO MUCH as I have been torn and thinking I need to follow along but this makes me feel better, it is more important to be yourself and be happy with what you love and go with that. If you make yourself happy then that is what is most important. I think we are going to be good friends. Stop by some time and see my colors...Perhaps we can learn from each other. Obviously you are further along than I am. Kindredly, Lynnie

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...


I just wanted you to know I put a link on my blog to this post.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I love your style Stacy! And the cozy part is definitely what I want to feel at home. Not the too much white, which could never happen in my house! Too many pets, kids, etc. I really think you need to sell what you love. You have to have your own passion and that will come through and work for you! Other people will see it better and that is what will make you happy. You have such fun items, I wish I was going to the sale! Do you have any vintage Christmas trinkets?

Ann said...

When I look at other's blogposts, I am really drawn to the shabby white and neutral color schemes so many seem so faithful to. I've asked myself hundreds of times if I should transition to that pretty style. But, the answer is the same every time: Don't do it! i know I wouldn't be happy with it for long. I simply have to color my world. And, I, too, love cottage colors. Thanks for reminding me how important my colors are to my style! Oh, how I love all the items you're selling at the barn sale.
I'm now following you.

Keeping it Cozy said...

Stacey, I meant to comment on this post when I first read it. I loved reading... I think it is so important to stay true to your own style and what you really love. You have a very unique style and it's so lovely. Anybody could identify your goods with you and that's a really wonderful thing! So just keep being you... we all love it. :-)

McMaster & Storm said...

How funny--this hit home!!! I have been stressing about getting back in the grove with shows and I see all this industrial, other trends, etc. & I get confused. Just yesterday, I told myself sell what you love and do add some of trends in, but if I don't sell what I'm passionate.....why do it at all? Plus, it's easier to sell things you are excited about!
Best Wishes this weekend @ Na Da--& see you next week!!!

Carole said...

I understand how you feel. I like so many different styles. I had started collecting more 50's inspired pieces for our dining room but realized it didn't work with the rest of the "white" house. I haven't completely converted it back.
Anyways I love your style and love following you on instagram.

Hope you had a good weekend at NaDa Farm.