Casually Trad

Design by Meg Braff
Design by Meg Braff

How To Create Your
Casually Trad Home Style

Having a forever house is like being in a committed, long-term relationship. There are qualities you may LOVE about your partner (your house in this scenario), but there also may be things you DON’T like…. and the areas where your personalities clash may be causing “compatibility issues.”

These “compatibility issues” usually arise when there is a disconnect between the natural bent of your home’s architecture and your own style preferences.

They manifest themselves when you try to decorate your home but nothing seems to work or you’re too overwhelmed to even try! 

But there’s a way for you and your forever house to CREATE A RELATIONSHIP & BRING OUT THE BEST in each other!


Steps to a Casually Trad Style "Relationship"

So — here’s the compatibility issue: Both you AND your house really do well with traditional style … but your home’s simpler details call for something less formal.

In your case, a decor style like Casually Trad — which is comfortable, familiar, and totally unfussy– is the best way to go for both you AND your home.

Furniture silhouettes in this style defer to the traditional-leaning architecture of your home, but in an informal way, utilizing less complex fabric patterns and matte finishes for a relaxed look that won’t overshadow your home’s simple fixed details.

  1. Make sure that all your major upholstery have silhouettes that are traditional in design — like rounded arms, tapered or turned legs, & skirts.
  2. Throw in some “brown” furniture. (Adding some high-quality vintage pieces will give your room soul & are easy on the wallet.)
  3. Stay away from more contemporary furniture elements, like squared arms & legs and metal frames.
  4. To keep it causal, use fabric textures & patterns that are as casual as your style — cottons & linens, nubby wovens, and less complex patterns like small scales, simple botanicals, & open geometrics. Definitely nothing to shiny, glam, or overly intricate! you would like to include.

Overlay ANY COLOR palette you wish -- that's where your own

personality can really shine through!

Your Curated Resources
Casually Trad

To support your new vision for your Forever Home’s transformation, I’ve put together some resources just for you!

  1. A popular blog post on how to use vintage “brown” furniture that will give your rooms soul (and save your budget!).
  2. My curated collection of high-quality traditional sofas & traditional lounge chairs so that your foundational upholstery pieces are spot-on with your style … AND will stand up to 10-20 years of kids & pizza parties!
  3. Some transitional lighting you’ll love. (And will keep your trad style from feeling too “mature.”)
  4. A blog post showing you one easy, fail-proof way to get “the mix.” You can use this tip in combination with your brown furniture!
  5. My FREE Real Design Budgets room by room (updated for 2022) — so you can know what to expect to spend on the pieces that will get the most wear & tear.


Wondering WHY I'm qualified to give this advice?

Hey! I’m Amy.

And I was once that clueless Forever Homeowner, just like you!

When the info I needed to transform my newly-acquired forever house into the Forever Home I envisioned wasn’t available, I decided to boot-strap it and learn design from the ground up. I eventually turned my passion into a full-time career!

That was 10 years ago. Wow, time flies! These days, I:

  • Have owned my interior design company, Home Glow Design, for more than 6 years.
  • Have a whole bunch of happy Forever Home clients & more than a dozen magazine-published projects to my credit.
  • Reach nearly 60,000 readers every month through Home Glow’s “Saturday Blog.”
  • Teach my hard-earned lessons learned to design enthusiasts like you through my interior design course for homeowners, The Home Glow Method ®.

My passion is helping YOU create your forever home with the character, quality, & comfort that will stand the test of time!

Because NOBODY likes wasting $$$ on

furniture that will be in the landfill in 5 years!!!

So what's next???

Congratulations! You’ve taken the important first step (understanding what style is compatible for both you AND your home) toward transforming your forever house into the Forever Home you dream of.

I’m here to help guide you on that path, whether:

  • You’re a brand new homeowner,
  • You’ve owned your home for 10 years and are just starting to sift through accumulated hand-me-down furniture,
  • Or you’re an empty-nester *finally* getting to decorate your home the way you’ve always wanted.

Shortly, you’ll receive an email with these results in PDF form, so that you can keep them handy. Then, I’ll sending you a few more over the next few weeks with some of my most useful tips, tricks, and design trade secrets from Home Glow’s “Saturday Blog” that will get your creative juices flowing.

And be sure to explore the archives as well — there are more the 250 posts full of inspiration!

The Power of Home Is Real.

So let’s get to know one another. Let me know what you think of your results. I’d also love to hear if there’s anything else that’s holding you back from creating a Forever Home you love.

And while you’re at it, come hang out with me on Instagram or Facebook!

I’ll be seeing you soon.  Happy Decorating!


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