The Leitao house is full of wonderful details. Every opportunity to tell a cultural story at home has been found as with this ebony banister, original to the space. Kenza and Julio added a personal touch by turning an intricately detailed piece of art into a unique pommel.
Though often overlooked, a mudroom is a canvas that gives homeowners, "an opportunity to show personality in a creative way,” says designer Ana Claudia, adding that they’re also a great first impression for guests. Here, Ana paired vintage mid-century Eames tandem chairs with sculptural Reality Hand hooks from Areaware. She then softened the whole look with a jute rug and South American vintage prints (a nod to the homeowner’s culture).
Give presents the personal touch with unique wrapping. Plain white boxes and bags are available from paper and crafts stores, and can be stenciled to great effect. If you don’t have time to stencil, wrap boxes with a light fabric paper.
“I love everything in my home, because almost everything has a story behind it,” Tamara says about the small touches that define her bedroom. When asked about the inspiration for the range of styles and approaches she displays in her home, she simply replies, “It just comes to me. It’s the hardest when I feel I have no inspiration to be creative but most of the time everything inspires me!”
Accessorizing with meaningful pieces adds warmth and personality to modern interiors. The homeowners' love of art and international travel are showcased throughout the home. This particular piece of art was purchased while they were working on the west coast and reminds them of the good times and good friends they made during that particular time in their lives.
Simple white frames house a variety of special, sentimental objects in this chic gallery wall design by Emily Henderson. A Lucite box holds a sculptural object and three small frames house matchbooks from favorite restaurants. A gallery wall should be a reflection of the resident's tastes and interests and doesn't have to be expensive or difficult to create says Henderson. These personally significant mementoes help you capture your personal style and memories no matter where you go.
Don’t forget to top off your entertainment space (especially your place setting!) with your own style for a one-of-a-kind feel.
“Incorporating small personalized touches to place settings, like fresh fruit or brightly patterned bowls, is an easy, budget-friendly way to make your table scape feel more intimate and special,” Jenny says.
A monogrammed shower curtain by Ballard Designs adds a personal touch to this bathroom featuring a pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks have a polished, streamlined look. They don’t take up much space, making them a favorite for smaller bathrooms.
This open concept kitchen's modern design flows throughout the space. The contrasting black and white floors, cabinets and table make the space more modern, while the personal touches, such as the chandeliers and the artwork, soften the space up a bit.
To add a personal touch to this toddler's room, designers showcased the little girl's first pair of ballet slippers and a photo of her at her first recital. For an elegant touch, these pieces are framed in gold, adding glitz and glamor to the space.
This kitchen is bathed in bright sunlight, accented by a stunning stacked stone wall and framed photos on floating shelves. Let the kitchen do the selling not your personal photos. Take down photos of people so that potential buyers can imagine their space as theirs.
A wood table for two sits on top of a small stone deck that overlooks a personal bocce ball court in this private outdoor oasis. Strings of lights hang between lush orange trees creating a magical feel in the space.