Trends 2009 Visual Power -Personalize Your Home!

The trend in all areas of life is personalization. Technology has permitted us to order custom sized jeans, custom car interiors even custom showers made to perfectly fit our bodies. Your home is your most personal possession! How can you personalize your space and put your individual imprint on it?
Personalizing your space is the only way to really feel at home in your home! Giving a home authenticity is the most important ingredient. There is only one YOU and your home needs to reflect who you are.
What are your interests? Do you travel? Gather your favorite travel photos and create a gallery wall. Printing your photos in black and white or sepia tones unites the wall and makes the subject matter more important and artistic.
Do you collect? Display your collections! Designate a bookcase or install a shelf above a doorway or line a room in shelves and carefully group your collectibles. Be sure your treasures can be seen. Pot lights and directional recessed lights can be added by an electrician.
Accessories are the magical ingredients that make a room come alive. Take your time and buy once. Be sure that your accessories mean something to you. Tell your story with your accessories.
Display a ceramic bowl from your children's art class. Mix old and new pieces together. Don't be afraid of using your grandmother's silver tray on a rustic leather ottoman. These touches give meaning and history to your home.
Bring out objects that you have collected on memorable family vacations.
Accessorizing with personal objects is the way to give a home your imprint. Indulge in the extraordinary. From the andirons in the fireplace, the mirror in your powder room, to your tableware, keep in mind your overall style direction.
I had a client that travels and wanted to display the tapestry she found on one of her trips. These are the ingredients that make a home uniquely yours.
Every design element needs to mean something to you. Take your time to find just the right pieces -- you will be glad you did.
Fresh flowers and candles will be the only items you will need to purchase. When you take your time with this last step you will not want to constantly buy will have EXACTLY what you want the first time!

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