I think we can all agree that names matter - whether it belongs to a person or a business. Names have meaning and purpose, and often evoke a certain feeling when we hear or see them. They can certainly make an impression (which can be positive, neutral, or negative!), and when I was choosing a name for my business, I wanted to make sure it was one that resonate with my clients and readers, and that it reflected my goals for this interior decorating biz.
So why the name "Mix & Match?"
There are a few reasons why the Mix & Match name was a perfect fit for an e-design business, and I'll share some of them with y'all:
- I'm all about finding just the right pieces for your room so that it's a perfect reflection of who YOU are - this often means decorating with a mix of styles, colors and patterns so that it gives your space personality, is visually interesting, and has a collected feel. Even if you're set on a certain style, there are always ways to add nuance so that it feels unique.
- When it comes to matching, I'm talking about making sure everything fits together and looks cohesive. That can mean adopting a certain color palette, choosing pieces with similar lines, and carefully combining complementary furniture or decor. (I should make a disclaimer that I'm not so much about walking into a giant showroom and buying a matching living room set in one fell swoop. :) )
- Nine times out of ten, I'm not starting a design from scratch. Often, my clients ask for certain pieces that they already own to be included in the space. That can be anything from wanting to use a special antique or vintage piece they love to something more practical like keeping their existing sofa in a living room so they can stretch their budget just a little bit farther. I happily embrace the challenge of making sure those pieces have a good home in a newly designed space!
- I like to take a "save and splurge" mentality when I'm shopping for a client's home (and my own!). For example, I might choose a higher end sofa, but shop for end tables and lamps from Target to stay in budget. If you're on a budget (and who isn't!), investing in a few pieces that see the most wear and tear is a smart move, and you can shop at budget-friendly spots for most everything else.
But beyond choosing the name Mix & Match for my one-on-one clients, I also chose it for you, my blog readers. I recognize that many of you who pop in aren't here to hire me to redecorate a room in your home. You're here for some reason though, right? Most people I know follow along with design or decorating blogs because they want to get something out it - whether it's to increase their knowledge, pick up some tips, or simply to be inspired.
I want this blog to be a mechanism for teaching you how to apply the Mix & Match "method" to your home. I want to share practical skills like how to mix throw pillow patterns and colors, and how to hang your curtains so that they make your windows look bigger and your ceilings taller. I want you to see beautiful spaces, and inspiring before and afters so you "catch the vision" and apply it to your own home. I want to share my favorite furniture and decor finds to help guide your shopping experiences. One of my biggest goals is to show you that good design doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, and that it is achievable. Mix & Match's tagline reads, "affordable and approachable interior design services for everyone," and one of those services is this blog, which is free. It doesn't get anymore affordable than that, my friends!
If you're here today, I'm guessing it's because you care about your home. You want it to be your happy place, your haven, and you want it to feel inviting - both when you walk in the door, and when you welcome others into it. Mix & Match is here to help you make that happen.
So to wrap up, I want to ask you a question: How can I help you make that happen?
What tools do you need? What advice would you like to hear? What barriers are you coming up against when it comes to decorating your home?
I would love it if you would leave a comment here on the blog, or pop over to my Instagram page and hit me up there. I love chatting with y'all, and I want to carve out a little corner of the internet where we can do that judgement-free. No question or request is silly, I promise!
Cheers to embarking on the journey of making a house into a home!