How do you decide what to fill your home with — the space you spend the most time in? For some, that answer is easy (and revolves mostly around what you love). But for others still trying to pinpoint their own style and tastes, you might find inspiration in the advice on what to fill your home with found in the real homes of our house tours this week.
Plants are a good starting point
Make it a mix
"Mix old and new, get rid of things on a regular basis, paint everything white, and always have fresh flowers."
— From Mikola and Randall's Modern and Airy Small Space
"Look for décor items and art that you really and truly love — things that you have a real reaction to. Don’t settle for mediocre items that you’ll either get sick of quickly or that aren’t really what you want. Even if you don’t know exactly where you’re going to put a piece, if you LOVE it, get it anyway. Anything that you really love, you’ll find a spot for!
Decorate for yourself — you spend a lot of time in your home, so it should be a reflection of you. Your space should make you feel comfortable and happy whenever you step inside, so do what you can to make that a reality. Mixing and matching is what I prefer. I would advise against buying matching furniture sets. I think spaces are more unique and interesting when things are mixed from all over, and the connecting thread is just you — your taste, things you love.
Also, I think every home can benefit from some old things, whether it’s a decorative object or a piece of vintage furniture. Check out thrift stores and flea markets for these types of unique items! Another thing that every space can benefit from is something natural, like some shells or sea glass if you love the beach, or a small wooden object."
— From Jackie's Colorful Upper East Side Home
This advice is for a store owner, but could work for a homeowner, too:
"The best advice I can give for someone interested in a beauty-related retail business is to keep your shop focused on what you do really well. Identify what that is for yourself and your team and then carefully curate accordingly. Stay true to your shop’s unique culture and avoid the temptation and advice that urges you to be all things to all customers." (Or stay true to yourself and avoid urges to design a home that makes other people happy, but not yourself!)
— From Farmaesthetics' Stylish Apothecary
Wondering if you should incorporate the latest trends in your home's decor?
"If you can see the band wagon, you've already missed it."
— From Lesley and Pea's "Keep it Wonky" Studio
Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours.
(Image credits: June Bhongjan; Celia Spenard-Ko; Liana Hayles Newton; Jacqueline Marque; Rebecca Bond)