Want to create a home that expresses your own personal history and personality? Want to draw more people into your space and make them want to stay? Want to know the secret to living conflict-free with a roommate when you've got a lot of opinions on design? This week's top house tours dispense advice you're going to want to write down and remember.
Constantly work on your space
"Constantly work on your space. Our domicile grows and changes with us. I like to think of our living spaces as an opportunity to express not only our personality, but also our history. I believe that we are our own historians, and the pieces we choose to surround ourselves with are reminders of who we are, whether it's for the purpose of self reflection, or to tell your friends a cool story."
— From Carlos’ Custom DIY Loft
Pick the right roommate
"Move in with someone that likes your taste and doesn't have any furniture. Jake basically had a bed and a pile of computers when we met."
Do it right the first time
"With regard to a project like this, I think the best advice received and given is to make sure things are done right, before the walls are painted and the furniture is moved in. It is a lot more difficult (and expensive) to fix things later on."
Draw people in with color
"Never be afraid of adding or mixing colors. A POC (“pop of color”) goes a long way. It is important to make your home fun and inviting. Color is a great way to make things stand out and draw people in."
— From Liz's Exuberant Row House
Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours:
- Advice for Creating Your Home's Story
- Take Your Time: Advice for Creating a Comfy Space That Feels Like Home
- Keep It Simple, Be Patient: Advice For Creating a Warm & Livable Home
- Don't Rush & Don't Settle: Advice on Finding What You Love
- Explore Possibilities! Advice on Taking Risks With Your Home's Design
- Don't Worry About Others: Advice on Creating a Home That Works For You
- Advice for Creating a Home That Reflects Your Personality
- Start With Good Lighting and More Advice On Filling a Home
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (And More Advice on Design Risks)