Is Your Furniture “You”


I recently published a post on CamilleStyles in which I posed the question “Is your furniture you?” And I mean all of it, including the questionable hand-me-downs and college-age Ikea purchases. Or maybe you purchased a perfectly good piece that was “you” at the time but now, your taste has evolved.

I have a hard time reconciling these differences in my taste as it grows and develops, but I found inspiration in a quote from Rue Magazine: ”the furniture you own should be a culmination of all the different people you have been at different points in your life.”

This quote struck a chord with me, and evidently a few others because they left some really thoughtful comments on the post (love it when that happens).

Here are a couple of my favorite thoughtful comments:

“Absolutely! I don’t think it’s humanly possible to switch all your furniture 200 times in your life (unless you are a Hollywood star, that is), to reflect your own personal evolution, evolution of your taste. And of course, there is also your significant other’s taste to take into consideration! So, I can only agree with that quote: all the furniture and things you’ve collected over the year, says something about you, your journey and the evolution of your taste. Unless something is really hideous or destroyed, make it work!” – Ivana

“Love this post, Cristina. You always give us something to think about… I like that many pieces of my furniture were handed down to me from family members. So I feel like my home carries not just my history, but theirs too. The homes I admire most always have furniture with ‘stories.'” – Jennifer Rose Smith

Food for thought as I continue to furnish my apartment. To read the rest of my Bring It Home post, and to see the home that inspired it, head over to!


Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

SHOWHIDE Comments (4)
  1. This is very true. We all go through all sort of changes in our lives and I believe that our taste and style constantly changes. To me, this is a wonderful thing to have an appetite for new things. But I also think that the core element never changes, it might be the color, shape, texture. Something that is always deep inside us and we can’t live without. I love to furnish my home with global findings, oriental and one of a kind hand-made pieces. But I can’t imagine my house to look like a museum. I need white, light and open spaces where I can display those unique global treasures. I think it translates to who I am – a wife, mom, modern women and an archaeologist who spent many years in exotic countries learning to love their culture and heritage. It is me, and it my home where my children can learn about far away places just by touching the Sudanese mask, or sitting on Ashanti stool, or playing with blocks on vintage polish kilim rug. I am sure they will travel the world when they grow up, but for now, I am giving them a chance to explore “far away lands” in our own home.
    On a different note – I just discovered your blog and I am very much in love with all the postings.

    1. Absolutely! What a lovely description of your home, I’m picturing a beautiful home full of things you love from faraway places. Thank you for such a thoughtful comment Maya, it made my day reading it.

    1. I know what you mean Rachel, I used to be that way with clothing when I first started reading blogs. I bought everything that was blog-worthy before I had a clear idea of my personal style.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.