In my interior designer practice, I'm often asked by my clients "What's my style?" They're having a hard time identifying their own style, and they turn to me as an expert. I always tell them, "The style you like is your style!" What exactly does that mean? It simply means that, just as you are unique, so is your style. Your style is a reflection of your own taste, lifestyle, and history. Your style will undoubtedly evolve as you mature. The style you like when you're in your 50s will probably be different from the style you liked in your 20s. That's normal. As we change, our tastes change too. We shouldn't fight the changes, we should embrace them. You might find that you like a combination of typical interior design styles, and that may seem confusing. But there's nothing wrong with combining styles. We're no longer locked into just one style or another. The most important thing is to relax, have fun and enjoy designing your home. At one time, it was common to select either a traditional, modern, contemporary, art décor or other defined style. But it's not so cut-and-dried today, because of the many new styles, including eclectic and shabby chic. In fact, eclectic and shabby chic styles are great examples of styles that were created without any of the old established boundaries. They were born out of the need for new individual looks ─ a buffet of different styles all mixed together to create new styles. Of course, all of these styles can make selecting your style more confusing. And sometimes it's just too difficult to choose just one style. That's okay. You can break the rules and still achieve your design goals. So, remember, choose your style wisely, and take time to decide. But never forget-it is YOUR style!