“Your home should tell the story of who you are.” -Nate Berkus
Inviting people into your home is a great way to get to know you on a more personal level. Your home can tell a lot about who you are, things that you love, and where you’ve been. So why not spend the time making it reflect who you are?
I can’t exactly invite you into my home but I can share the little things I’ve done.
Keep reading for my list of different ways you can help your home reflect you and I also hope it helps you get to know me a little better…it is after all my first blog post!
1. Share your heritage.
I grew up very in touch with my Polish culture and as I get older, I get excited when I see things that remind me of it. Every culture has some sort of handmade craft they are known for… a textile, pottery, etc… so embrace it!
I was inspired by this Polish embroidery… and decided to bring it into my bedroom by adding an intricate quilt.
Feel like splurging a little? I love some of these beautiful vintage textiles from The Wishing Trees.
Fun Fact about me: I’m a horoscope and stargazing nerd. And in typical Leo fashion, I had to find a way to show off a little Leo pride. I decided I would make a Leo cross-stitch.
There are some great Etsy sites like this one, that let you download a pattern. Beginner at cross-stitch? Don’t worry, this store sells complete kits that have everything you need.
3. Use your favorite color.
Paint an entire wall in your home with a color you are obsessing over. Or if you are feeling really adventurous why not paint your cabinets or front door?
And if that’s too permanent for you, try using it as an accent color. Throw pillows, blankets, vases, candles, etc. are all great ways to add a pop of a bold color. And then when you are over it, you can switch out your accessories with the next color you can’t live with out.
Don’t forget to check out Pantone’s color of the year!
4. Something very sentimental
I knew that elephants could paint and I always dreamed of having one of their paintings on my wall. On my trip to Thailand, I spent a good amount of time living with elephants at a sanctuary, but little did I know I would end up with a painting from the elephant that I worked directly with.
Something I had been dying to check off my bucket list!
You better believe the moment I got back I immediately had it framed. Not only does it make me feel extremely nostalgic every time I look at it, but it is also a huge conversation starter.
5. Favorite quote
Why not create a framed collage wall with your favorite quotes? Hang them in the bathroom and use these as your morning affirmations while getting ready.
I did a little DIY and hung open frames. This allows me to switch out quotes so I never get bored. You could also get a frame that is easily changeable.
6. Where you grew up
A friend of mine makes these gorgeous custom city maps. I was so obsessed she made me one of the town my mom was born in. What a great way to turn a nostalgic city into a piece of art!
Yep… you guessed it. I’m also a little bit of a crazy cat lady. But instead of having 6 cats, why not have a fun collection of cat mugs. I love the idea of having a group of mismatched mugs that all have the same theme. These ones are from World Market.
This one is often overlooked and one of my favorites! Filling your home with your favorite scent is a great way for your home to instantly feel welcoming.
And if candles aren’t your thing… you could try a diffuser.
I tend to change mine with season, and because scents can be tied to strong memories it is a great way to embrace the change. Every year I look forward to the fresh spring scents that follow the warm and cozy winter scents.
There’s nothing better than coming home from a stressful day than a well thought out sanctuary.
What are some of your favorite scents?
Would love to hear some of the things you do that make your home tell your story… Comment below!