As soon as you've stepped into the apartment of a creative soul, you will know it. Highly creative people stay curious about things–many things, sometimes all at once–and they love to constantly generate ideas.
Creatives are also risk takers that don't conform to what's expected, so they're not afraid to fill their apartments to the brim with the things that fuel their creativity–memories, travel experiences and really beautiful things, like...
Lots of Books
In 2015, it seems like a romantic notion to hang onto a treasury of books. Creatives react well to whatever is tactile, though, and love picking up their old tomes to thumb through.
Collections on Display
Photo strips, rain tickets, movie stubs, snowglobes. One thing that rings true of the most creative people I know is that they love to collect things, and they love to display their collections for all to see. Those trinkets tell stories about the places they've been and the people they've known.
Something they created (a painting, a photograph), or just something that speaks to them on a personal level. Personal photographs of friends and family are scattered around, too. Maybe not in frames, but likely in the form of photo strips tucked into mirrors and tacked onto walls.
A Source of Inspiration
It could be something organized, like a bulletin board fastened to the wall and pinned with snips and clippings that piqued their interest. But it might also just be pretty things–dried flowers, a vintage photograph–sitting on a countertop or taped to the wall above wherever they prefer to work. Something seemingly random displayed in an equally random place. Clutter isn't clutter to creative types if it inspires them to forge something new.
Something to Create With
A sketchbook, a camera, a jar full of paintbrushes. Creative tools are left out and about so they're easily accessible. Ready to be picked up and played with whenever inspiration strikes.