How to Express Your History, Draw People In & More Home Advice

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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

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"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

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"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."

— From Leslie and Jake's "Street Cred Granny" Style in LA

Do it right the first time

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"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."

— From Kathrin & Brian's Dome in the Desert

Draw people in with color

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"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:

(Image credits: Bethany Nauert; Andrea Sparacio; Marcia Prentice; Natalie Grasso)

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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.