Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending | Guest Post

I'm so excited to have my dear friend Heather on the blog today! We met via instagram and she has been such a source of inspiration & encouragement! I know you will love the advice she is sharing today. 

Hi there! I’m Heather, owner and stylist of Mysa Home Styling. I serve homeowners by helping them create functional and cozy spaces that cultivate contentment and joy.

Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending | Guest Post

One of the biggest design dilemmas that I hear from people is that they just don’t know their style! Whether they feel they have no style at all, or are torn between multiple styles, the lack of clarity that people have is crippling when they decorate their home. They find themselves buying decor that doesn’t go with what they already have and end up feeling like their home is a hodge-podge of random items that doesn’t truly reflect them.

So to help solve this problem, I’ve created a 30-page guidebook all about discovering your style and creating a cohesive home. And today I want to share with you a little sneak peek into my new guidebook.

discovering your style and creating a cohesive home - 30 Page Guidebook
Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending
Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending

This snippet comes from a chapter on seamlessly blending styles. Once you've gone through the five steps to discovery and successfully nailed down your style, you might discover that you actually have two or three styles that you gravitate toward (that's definitely me!). And that’s totally fine… as long as you stick to a few simple guidelines. Here are three tips for blending styles throughout your home to keep things cohesive.

Three Guidelines for Seamless Style-Blending

1. Choose a consistent color palette

A consistent color palette is your greatest friend when you're mixing styles. If your room is filled with multiple styles and colors from all over the spectrum, it's bound to feel busy and confused. But if you narrow it down to a few key colors, your style mixing will look purposeful and united.

2. Choose one style to dominate and pepper in one or two pieces of the other style

For the most unified look when blending styles, you should choose one style as your dominant style and then pull in a few things in a contrasting style.

3. Stick to 2–3 styles

To keep things from looking too crazy or flea market-esque, stick to 2–3 styles throughout your home. You still want things to feel cohesive.

Now that you've gotten a sneak peek, perhaps you're wanting more!

  • Do you have trouble describing your unique decorating style?
  • Do you find yourself buying decor that just ends up sitting in a closet?
  • Do you like many different styles and have no idea how to blend them all?

Gain clarity today with my guidebook—"How to Discover Your Style & Create a Cohesive Home." Learn more here.

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A day in the life of an Artist

I get a lot of questions about what my days look like being an artist, so I thought it would be fun to recap what a typical day looks like for me. Everyday varies slightly depending on deadlines and personal things that need to get done (think grocery shopping, laundry etc). You know, really fun and glamrous things. 

A day in the life - Kendra Castillo

7:15-7:30 am - I usually wake up around the same time my husband gets up to go to work. I forced myself to start this habit because I am 100% not a morning person and I needed to make myself get out of bed at a consistent time. 

7:30-8:30 am - I make my coffee and some breakfast then sit down to do my quiet time/journaling to get my head in the right place before the day starts. 

8:30-9:00 am - I schedule social media posts and try to reply back to any messages and comments from the day/night before. I also look at my to-do list for the day and try to prioritize the top 3 things that I need to get completed for that day. 

9:00- 9:30 am - This is typically the time I try to get a few home to-do things started before I start working. This usually means finishing up the dishes or getting a load of laundry started. 

9:30- 11:00 am - This is the time I tackle the biggest projects I have for any deadlines. Typically that means completing any orders that need to get shipped out or prepping and painting new work or commission pieces. 

11:00- 11:30 am - I'll answer emails or take care of behind the scenes blog stuff & usually make more coffee! 

A day in the life of an artist - Kendra Castillo
A day in the life - Kendra Castillo

11:30- 12:30pm - I try to wrap up whatever I'm currently working on and then I force myself to take a 30 minute break to eat lunch. This sometimes means watching a Netflix show while I'm eating, reading a book or calling a friend to catch up really quick. Then back to work. 

12:30-2:00pm - This is a hard time of day for me creatively (which is something I've learned over time) so I have learned to do something during this time that I don't have to use much mental energy. Sometimes that means finishing up house hold tasks that need to get done or grocery shopping.

Other times this looks like editing photos or if the lighting is good I'll try to do a little photoshoot for some stock photos of my art... like the ones in this post :)

2:00- 2:30pm - I try to prep our dinner. I've learned that right after this time I start to get creative and I don't want to interrupt it if I don't have to. 

2:30- 4:00pm - This is usually when things start to get messy. I think it has to do with the lighting in our house at that time of day, it hits the "studio" area of our living room perfectly and it just makes me want to paint. Lately this looks like spreading out a few canvases, setting the music loud and getting to work for an upcoming art install and a few commission paintings I am working on. 

4:00- 6:00pm - I temporarily clean up my art mess (realistically I just clean a pathway so that Marcus can walk through the living room when he gets home haha). We usually eat dinner and watch a show then I get back to work. 

6:00-9:00pm - this is the time that I usually finish unfinished tasks that need to get completed. That could look like writing blog posts, editing photos, painting, prepping orders to ship out the next day, answering end of day emails or try to get a workout in. 

9:00- 11:00pm - I try to prep a "to-do" list for the following day and then I usually watch a show or read a book to help me wind down. 

11:00 - Midnight - bedtime! 

Hope this answers some questions and gives you a peek into what a typical day looks like for me. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and let me know! I'll do my best to answer them. 

Life Lately: Learning Balance

When things get a little quiet over here you can bet that things are getting busy in the studio! I have been feeling like this blog has become neglected and sprinkled with dust. It was once my soul source of creative output, but now I am so happy to say that things are continuing to change and evolve, so I guess it's fair to say that this little space will also show signs of that change. 

Life Lately, finding balance as a girl boss

My main creative energy has definitely been pouring into new artwork like my recent Plant Series and the Taking on the Sun Collection and I couldn't be prouder. I have a few new secret projects that I have briefly spoke about over on instagram and I can't wait to share them with you! 

But, for the past few months I have been wrestling with how to juggle it all, the creating side, the editing side, the business side... the life and family side. There are so many sides to what you see here. I have loved almost every aspect of each job title I wear. However, recently I have realized that I can't do it all if I want to do it all well

I needed Balance

So, where have I found some of that balance... well I'm looking at you. I am so incredibly grateful to be able to have formed so many amazing relationships and man am I loving you guys more and more each day! 

Creative Workspace | Kendra Castillo

A bit of that "balance" will show up here on the blog, I am so excited to share this space with some amazing contributors!!! I have a new exciting series of posts that explore "Creative Workspaces" we will be peaking inside of the spaces of some amazing artist and makers (come back Wednesday for the first edition! ekk) 

I have also found some balance in my personal life by simply checking out of this online world. No social media, no emails, no phone for one solid day! I know, crazy... but have you tried it? Honestly this may be the healthiest practice you can have now days, that and exercise but I don't want to push myself too far ;)

Do you have any little things you do in your day to day that helps create balance in your life? If you do I would love to hear! 

Also, If you would like to submit your space for one of the "Creative Workspaces" posts click the link below!