A home should tell a story, the story of those that live there. I think I've said it several times in various ways, but a home should be representative of your family and you. A home doesn't have to hold items from the past, we're not all at the receiving end of family heirlooms, but it should hold items that make your home unique.
Each and every home interior is unique, and should be. The pieces that carry significance, the family photos, the artwork, and the arrangement all comes together to create your own unique interior.
Display What You Love
There are endless rules in the design world that I typically ignore. All one needs to do is type "bohemian homes" into Pinterest to find that "design rules" can be broken.
Some people find that open shelving in a kitchen feels cluttered, others find that it creates intrigue and coziness. Display what you love.
It can be challenging to shop slowly when we're eager to get our homes "finished". Often times when we shop in a rush we end up settling for something that we don't love. Whether you're a garage sale hunter looking for that perfect Retro headboard, or a big box buyer looking for that on-trend couch, take your time and almost wait for the right pieces to come your way.
Remember, a home is never "finished", it's a living, breathing organism, always changing and becoming.
If you spot that hot pink rug or that teal couch, and find yourself feeling inspired, well, take the risk! Even if the risk is to buy all white furniture when you have young children and pets, remember, if you love it enough to keep it around despite how it "ages", it's probably meant for your home.
This is especially important if you live in an older home where storage is possibly more limited. Although, in much older homes, storage is everywhere in the tiniest cupboards and wardrobes. That's one thing I love about Sam's parent's home, there are endless nooks and crannies for storage.
Take the guest bathroom for instance. The way the towels and toiletries are stored does not have to meet a standard. The only standard that should be met is the thorough cleanliness of the space. Otherwise, get creative, and add all the items to the space that you find necessary.
A layered home feels more like a home. Even if you've hired professional interior designers to style your home, you can add more layers once they've arranged the space. Maybe you're a lover of minimalism and neutrals. Don't be afraid to add a few more neutrals; instead of one throw, choose two or three. Add a neutral patterned rug over your jute rug.
When guests visit they'll be more likely to open up and share in authentic fellowship if your home gives them a sense of comfort and peace.
Nurture your own interior, making it unique and inspiring, by simply making your home, you.
*This is a collaborative post.