Make Mistakes! Advice on Remembering Home Doesn't Have to Be Perfect

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Are you someone who struggles with home "isn't good enough" feelings? Are you always striving for perfection (even if you know darn well it's unattainable)? You might benefit from these quotes from real folks in real (completely not-perfect but still gorgeous) homes.

Don’t follow rules

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"You don’t have to follow rules and it doesn’t have to be perfect. If you feel a magical vibe every time you are present, that’s it. Use color to breathe energy into your home, and have fun."

From Pomona's Boutique-Style Space

Make mistakes

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"Don't be afraid to make mistakes! You can never make too many nail holes when hanging art. You can always return or resell or recover or repaint — it's an art, not a science. Don't rest until you get the result you want."

— From Eileen's Elegant & Airy Townhouse

Avoid precious

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"Use organic materials that can age and develop patinas as you use the surfaces. They look better the longer you have them and the more you abuse them. I try not to ever have anything that is too precious, or that you have to use coasters with."

— From James' Beautifully Handcrafted Apartment in Clinton Hill

It's not just items

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"Remember to pay attention to space, function, and necessity. Allow your interior to be a reflection of you, not just a collection of items."

— From Rachel & Brian's Spacious Place

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

(Image credits: Melissa DiRenzo; Natalie Grasso; Andrea Sparacio; Alexis Buryk)

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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.