For me, the most stylish spaces tell you something important about the people who live there, and by style, I mean rooms with personality.
Personality is family photos and hobbies proudly and beautifully displayed in collections–not just anywhere or everywhere.
Personality is comfortable furniture that isn’t stuffy, too modern or pretentious.. furniture that’s not overdone and makes visitors feel welcome.
And a home knocks it out of the park for me if it has a conversation starter!
In this House & Home house tour, we see how restaurateur Sarah Huggins incorporated things she loved when she renovated her home to take it from ’90s drab to modern and on-trend. The best part of the reno is the gallery wall where she displays a collection of her grandfather’s Bauhaus-era sketches. It’s quite the conversation starter. The sketches were his very first as an architect in the 50s and have become a family heirloom. Now, Huggins says, they make a space for them in every home they live in.
And that, my friends, is how you add personality, family tradition, culture and a conversation starter to your home!
Other ways to add personality
- A sofa in a bright or unexpected color.
- Wall-to-wall bookshelves or storage.
- Nooks that have a purpose. The area under stairs as a home office, for example.
- A large oversized piece such as a piece of artwork.
- Something foreign that represents your heritage or a culture that means a lot to you. For example, at the moment I’m obsessed with finding the right fabric made from black and white African print to recover sofa pillows. A small collection of masks or any collection from your travels are other examples.
- An arrangement of family photos. Whether they’re on mantles or gallery walls when you walk into a home and see photos of everyone who lives there, including their furry friends, it makes you feel as if you know the family better.
- A pop of color–if your sofa and most of your space are neutral, a pop of color will give it interest and accent.
- Hobbies on display. I personally don’t like seeing pianos taking center stage in a space–too big–but I love when smaller musical items are on display; especially guitars. Bicycles that are mounted and look like it’s part of the design–not just sitting in a corner–and other hobbies and awards on display lets a room represent you and tell the story of you.
- Interesting light fixtures. There are so many amazingly beautiful and stupendous light fixtures out now that I’m almost angry when I go into a home and see the plain old ones, circa 2002.
- Texture. Textured walls or ceilings. They give you the feels!
- Whimsy. Nothing gets a room personality like a little levity. It helps spaces feel welcoming and is another great conversation starter.