Don't Worry About Others: Advice on Creating a Home That Works For You

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As always, we found ourselves completely under the spell of the great advice shared in Apartment Therapy house tours this week. From learning how to be patient so you find the right items for your home, to a reminder for the one thing you should always have in your space, this is real advice (as always) from folks in real-life, beautiful, functional and warm living spaces.

This is your space

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"Don't ever concern yourself with what others think — create a space that works for you and your family, and bring your own character into your house. Don't be hasty — live in your space before making big decisions."

— From Hannah Brown's Cozy Collection

Mix it up

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"Mix it up. High and low. New and old. Treasures and trash. Natural and plastic. Surround yourself with the things you love and it’s amazing how it will all go together."

— From Cynthia's Sunny Accents

Take your time

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"Take your time to find the right purchases that you are truly excited about, and seek outside help if you’re not able to find what you’re looking for."

— From Lisa and Richard's Cozy Dutch Home

"Be patient. It takes time to curate the look with the right pieces. Hold off for what you really want. It’ll be worth the wait."

— From Cynthia's Sunny Accents

Invest in signature pieces

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"Don’t be seduced by the latest look. It gets dated soon and can seem contrived. Invest in signature pieces like sofas and chairs and then add inexpensive on-trend items with pillows and accessories to feed your of-the-moment design cravings."

— From Cynthia's Sunny Accents

Always have this one room-uplifting item

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"Always have flowers. An easy, inexpensive way to lift a space, add colour and make everyday feel special."

— From Cynthia's Sunny Accents

Something to think about

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"This winter when the South of England was hit by flooding, everyone was talking about how there is too much building on flood plains. We need to think about how we can make our houses work with nature, so they rise and fall with the tides and floods, rather than fighting nature."

— From the incredible tour of Stephen Turner's Amazing Exbury Egg

Have you ever cared about what people think and let that affect your home? How have you learned to only listen to your own likes and loves? Share it in the comments below!

Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours.

(Image credits: Justice Darragh; Hannah Brown; Breanne Johnsen; Rebecca Bond)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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