5 Easy Ways To Personalize Your Space

Your home, whether it is a house, apartment, or room in your parents basement, should be filled with things that make you smile. If nothing more, it will make you appreciate the small things in life every day.

Here are 5 ways to personalize your house to make it a home:

1. Hang a picture mobile in a place you wouldn’t expect it. I have this one hung up in the laundry room. I got this mobile from Urban Outfitters, I like that you can update the pictures easily by switching them out.

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2. Write a note somewhere – and change it up! You can use a chalk board, or put a few inspirational words on a wall, just make the message mean something to you. One of my friends told me how wall decor is considered a kind of art. If you’ve a friend who is into decor and everything artsy, custom gift ideas such as these might make their day.

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The picture above is from one of my all time favorite websites, Design*Sponge. Actually, this entire home is amazing and worth a look!

3. Add a chandelier, or even just a decal!

I love the look of chandeliers and pendant lights, they make any space feel more cozy and polished. The first picture is very romantic and feminine, where the second feels more regal and masculine.

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If you don’t want to invest in a chandelier, or you can’t or just don’t want to run electrical through your walls, a decal of a chandelier could do the trick! But how do you do decal printing? Well, you can find a lot of companies out there (like Platon Digital Graphics, for instance) that can help you design a decal of your choice.

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4. Showcase your hobbies, creatively. If you are a foodie, and love to grow herbs and vegetables, why not put them in matching pots and label them like these? I got this idea from Ina Garten, from a cooking show that I adore, Barefoot Contessa.

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If you are a musician, hang up some of your favorite (lightweight) instruments on hooks to display them, rather than having them laying around the floor waiting to be tripped on. Or print and frame some of your favorite psychedelic art or sheet music for wall art. If you love to sew, get a vintage dress form like the one below. There is something for every hobby imaginable!

5. Incorporate your culture, or your favorite culture! If you are like me, you probably have a slew of saris and shawls with amazing embroidery and thread work that are just sitting in a closet or suitcase somewhere in the house. Use them as a table runner as pictured below. If you don’t think you will need to wear it again, make pillows or curtain panels out of it! World market has a ton of items from around the world that can easily be incorporated into any home decorating scheme. Think Persian rugs, Chinese silks, Egyptian papyrus paper, you get the idea – and you can even buy decor like pattachitra art online directly from India. Until you become an actual world traveler, your house can make you look like one!

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
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