Though guidance and suggestions from design professionals are awesome, we find the actual words of advice from folks who have created beautiful, welcoming and comfortable real homes and workspaces by themselves even more invaluable. We've rounded up the best advice from real spaces this week for your inspiration.
The most important home element
"Make it comfortable."
— Visual instructions can be found in Jeremy's Light and Heavy Home
If you're wondering what to fill your space up with
"Surround yourself with things you love, and your apartment will feel like a home."
— From Jacqueline's Bright & Airy West Village Studio
Take your time
"We’ve been in our house for over five years and I am still figuring out what I want to do. It’s okay to take your time and really make it yours."
— From Robin and Jeff's Light-Filled Home in Georgetown
Wait until it feels right
"When you're looking for a new space (home, apartment, office, studio, etc), hold out for the one that feels right and gets you most excited. I looked at so many studios that sort of, kind of, would have worked...but I didn't love them. I kept trying to talk myself into how we could make the spaces really fantastic, but I wasn't convinced. When I walked into our studio I immediately knew that it was the perfect fit. Our little studio has some quirks, but I really do love being here everyday!"
— From Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Studio Tour
Practical: Save, save, save
"Save up for three times the cost for all renovations. It's not just a saying."
— From Thayer's Modern Beachy Apartment
Watch out for this dangerous combo
"Black cats will ruin a white couch more quickly than you’d imagine."
— From Alexandra & Christine's East Meets West
What's your best and favorite advice for creating a comfortable home that feels and looks like you? Share it in the comments below!
Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours.
(Image credits: Kim Lucian; Lindsey Kay Averill; Sherrie and Oliver ; Natalie Grasso; Elizabeth Giorgi)