September 28, 2011


Finding your decor style takes a bit of investigative work. Unless you work in the design industry or consider yourself a design enthusiast, you probably have trouble describing what you like but you are able to recognize it when you see it.

During a recent telephone design consultation, my client shared with me her new found love for mid-century furniture. While shopping one afternoon she realized that each piece she was drawn to had mid-century design influences. This discovery increased her confidence in her decorating decisions and helped me to better assist her. As the conversation progressed, I recognized that while she likes the form and shape of midcentury furniture she also likes ethnic decor.

West Elm has an affordable selection of mid-century reproductions and global accessories that together make a home look effortlessly chic. Take a look at this design inspiration board I created using only products from West Elm!

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From the decorative woven bowl wall art to the carved wood coffee table and terracotta lamp guests would never know these items were purchased from a local retailer and not from a shop on the coast of Africa. Layer upon layer of color and texture makes this virtual living room both comfortable and approachable.

What has been your experience in mixing decor styles? How would you describe your style?

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Katrina Says:

    Personal Style is super hard to define, I guess mine would be California Casual – a mix of old and new and always comfy!


  2. Amanda Says:

    I'll take on of each please! Love this mix!


  3. Danielle Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been serching for a name to describe my style and you have hit the nail on the head. I love mid-century style and always think of the UN esthetic. Open uncluttered spaces with clean lines with shocks of global (I prefer East African) art.


  4. Laura Says:

    I describe mine as Glam Modern. I mix streamlined furniture pieces with sexy, soft textiles and modern art.


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