Guest blog by Laura Hinton of Lifestyled You (originally published to www. collageandwood.com on April 16, 2019)
Hi Everyone! My name is Laura Hinton with Lifestyled You and I am SO thrilled to be guest blogging for the Collage and Wood Shop! I’m an Interior Design Coach who helps women discover the life + lifestyle of their dreams through creating a home they LOVE! But more about that later!
I’m here today because I wanted to discuss the importance and impact of personalizing your home. Think about what our world would look like if every home looked identical, pretty dang boring and soulless! Imagine how it feels when you are staying in a hotel. Might look nice and provide you with what you need, but does it ever really feel like home? Probably not since it is lacking any personalization or little pieces of you in the space.
In my coaching business, I created a 5 Pillar Design Process that takes women through all the necessary steps to create a successful home that serves them properly and brings them joy. As I see it, your home is your little piece of this big, crazy universe that belongs specifically to YOU. Therefore, it should be a reflection and representation of your and your family’s personality and it should be full of things you love! It shouldn’t look exactly like any other home on the planet, it should be as distinct as you are, and I imagine you are pretty special!
My 5th Pillar, ‘Make It You’, teaches exactly that – the simple ways to make your house a home which is unique and special to you and your family. A nicely designed space can feel like a showroom vignette until it is sprinkled with a little bit of personality and your unique vibe. The room could have everything going for it, but until you personalize it, it can seem a bit sterile, uninviting, and just “off”. When you walk into your home, it should feel like YOU, have your vibe and your energy, and be filled with items that light you up! The best compliment someone could give me is “wow, your home really feels like you!”
Your space does not need to look exactly like your best friend’s, a photo you saw on Instagram, or the set of your favorite tv show in order to be “cool or pretty”. You can certainly find inspiration from those things, and if you truly love the exact details of an image, of course you can replicate it if that suits you. However, if you feel weird because you really love colorful paintings of birds but you doubt putting it in your space because that’s not the top trending look on Pinterest, who cares?!?! If a rainbow parrot painting brings YOU joy, then by all means, put it in your space. It will make you smile every time you see it, and that’s what matters because it is YOUR home, not anyone else’s.
I’m collaborating with Crystal because I’m so inspired by what her company and products represent in this part of the design process. The ability to create a one-of-a-kind sign of your child’s name to hang on their nursery/bedroom wall is the ultimate form of personalizing a space specifically to your family. Your family name or monogram used on the front door or entryway would be stunning. Adding your own treasured photos to your space is a simple and effective way to infuse a bit of you into any room. Crystal’s photo collages are a really creative way of displaying photos. She takes that concept and turns it into something even more custom and artistic. So brilliant!
Here is a checklist of solutions to help you put a little of YOU into your space:
□ While a lot of us might be drawn to similar styles, looks, or trends, there are bound to be special items that speak specifically to you which is what makes your space unique.
□ Display things you’ve picked up through your travels, specific books you love, family heirlooms that celebrate your heritage and your history, etc.
□ Display photos of you and your friends and family and the amazing adventures you’ve had.
□ Incorporate pops of YOUR favorite color(s) into your home even if they may not be what’s “popular”.
□ Candles/scents are a great way to personalize your space. Just like your signature perfume, your house should have it’s own smell too.
□ Artwork is highly personal because it is all based on aesthetics as opposed to function, so go crazy in displaying the art that speaks to you. (Especially customized art like Crystal’s!)
□ Other people don’t need to live in your home, YOU do, so cater it to the things YOU enjoy and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing! That’s the no-fail method to creating a home you LOVE!
If you are interested in learning more about my innovative Interior Design Group Coaching Experience, ‘Stylize Your Home’, you can read about it here. I’m also available for 1-on-1 coaching to help you discover the life + lifestyle of your dreams through creating a home you LOVE! Laura@LifestyledYou.com