How to Decorate: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Home

Hello sweet friends!  If you are stopping by from The Creativity Exchange – thank you so much for coming by!  I am Laura and this is the place where I share ideas and projects for making your home a true reflection of you and your family.  I am so excited to be part of this series – “How to Decorate” organized by the lovely Beth of Home Stories A to Z.

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Wwe are having a little fun and a group of bloggers have come together to share 25 sets of ideas and tips on “how to decorate”.  When Beth asked me to join, I decided right off I wanted to share my five favorite ways to personalize your home.

So, I have to ask.  Does anyone remember that episode of Friends where Phoebe slowly buys everything from the showroom floor of Pottery Barn and tries to convince Rachael that it is all vintage?  Then later, they are standing in front of the window of the store and it looks exactly like their apartment.  While Pottery Barn does a better job than most of selling unique items, and sometimes, they even do sell vintage items, no one wants their home to look just like a furniture store showroom.

I believe our homes should be a reflection of ourselves and our families and not be a cookie cutter execution of someone else’s style.   Sometimes, however, it can be hard to figure out exactly how to do that.  It actually can be easier than you think.  But the biggest tip – it doesn’t have to be done overnight.   Creating a home is a process and it is okay to make changes, tweaks and adjustments along the way.

Here are five ways to help you on your way.

1 – Gallery Walls


Gallery walls have become very popular over the last few years.  The great thing about them is that pretty much every single one of them is different.  I love having family photos or beautiful art hung in frames.  But, I also love thinking out of the box.  For this kitchen gallery wall, I incorporated a lot of elements other than framed art.

I am also not afraid to change it.  This is what the kitchen gallery wall used to look like.  My tastes change, my mood strikes different.  A lot of the components are the same or hung on existing elements, but the look is completely different.

Don’t be too overwhelmed.  Planning a gallery wall is not as difficult as you may think. Click here for tips on planning a gallery wall, this will help get you started.  I know some people are often worried about how to hang things as well.  No worries, I have you covered there too!  Click here for tips on how to hang just about anything.

You can also take a totally different direction with gallery walls.  You can created a unified look like what I did here with my silhouette gallery wall.


And you can always pull together all the quirky things you love for a bright and colorful gallery wall.   And finally, a gallery wall doesn’t have to just cover a small space, it can be used to decorate an entire wall like we did with our dining room gallery wall.

 2 – Mantels / Vignettes

Pick a spot in your home that you can easily change.  Either when the mood strikes, for a holiday, or with the seasons – a mantel, tabletop or shelf is an easy way to update your home.  For me, I am always changing my mantel.  It is one of my favorite ways to freshen things up and make it feel like our home.


It doesn’t have to be complicated or filled with a million things.  I usually like to start with one larger item placed either in the center or to one side.  In this case, I am using an old window.  Then I filled in the with two Sharpie Art projects, some green plants and flowers and a few accessories.  It took minutes.  You can see some of the other mantels I have done by clicking here: mantel decorating.

3 – Vintage Touches

I think if I had to pick my favorite tip for personalizing your home, including vintage touches would be my favorite.  When you combine the worn patina of something old with the fact that no one can walk in the store and get the same one, it makes for the perfect formula for a welcoming home.   I personally love the hunt of scouring yard sales and estate sales for the perfect unique item.  But, if that is not your style, there are plenty of vintage shops that have already done the scouring for you.  If you are unsure on how to go about this, click here for tips on shopping for vintage items.

One of my favorite vintage projects is my vintage door plate wall.  It is am mix of old and new plates hung on an old door secured to the wall.  The door was stored in my garage for some time before I found the perfect use for it.


I also am a firm believer that if you see something you like (that you an afford), get it.  Many people hold off because they don’t know exactly where they would put it.  Even if it is totally quirky, or maybe it is more formal than your normal style, or maybe it is very modern – if it “speaks to you”, than it is the perfect thing to personalize your home.  You will find a place for it.  Maybe even several places where you can move it and keep things fresh.

4 – DIY – Make it Yourself

I have long struggled with the image in my head of “exactly what I want” for a room or project but just couldn’t find it, which lead to frustration.  Over the last few years, hubby and I have taken to making it ourselves, good old fashioned DIY.  The added benefit of DIY is what we have is uniquely ours and creates our sense of home.  Some of our favorite and most useful projects have been our built-in DIY desk


and this little console table we made to perfectly fit this spot.  The writing on the old wood we used was just a bonus.


5 – Repurpose and Upcycle

I have recently fallen in love with repurposing and upcycling.  Most specifically, taking old doors or old wood and turning them into something new.  Like the table above, we create something totally unique.  The added bonus is that one less thing goes in the trash pile.  My two favorite projects are my Outdoor Beverage Bar…


…and our door and bucket herb garden.


But the projects can be much more simplified like our vintage mason jar solar lights.


By creating something new out of something old, even if your idea is inspired by a project someone else did, it will always be unique and brings character and personality to your home.  Click here to find more of our upcycled projects.

So there you have it- 5 tips to personalize your home.  Don’t forget, it doesn’t happen over night – and it shouldn’t.  It will so much better when it is done over time.  Have confidence in your choices and have fun!

Now for more fun – the tips and ideas continue – head on over to Emily from Decorchick.  To start from the beginning, visit Home Stories A to Z.

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25 thoughts on “How to Decorate: 5 Ways to Personalize Your Home”


  1. Oh how I love your home and your incredible unique and creative projects that you make “your own”…Love your gallery walls…I have done gallery walls for years…but when we moved into this house that is “wide open” I find very little space for galleries…So I will enjoy your wonderful galleries!!…

  2. Just going to be picky for a moment…it was Rachael that bought the Pattery Barn stuff not Pheobe….not that it matters but I have a Sade addiction to tv trivia….regardless great tips as usual! Love your style ….yet to find something in your house I don’t covet.

  3. Laura–For some reason when I pinned this to my Pinterest board (I used the photo with the pin icon below) the photo does not show up. Just wanted to let you know.

  4. These are great tips, I feel like for someone in deep with decorating their home they do this naturally. But for someone just starting out these are great tips to get them going. Making my home unique and personalize is my favorite thing about my home. There are things that only I have, my home is special and so should the things inside of it.

  5. I absolutely love your house and how you created a warm and inviting home for your family. I also love that you add vintage touches throughout and that you re-purpose things. I’m all about adding something old to each of my rooms and my rooms don’t look like they came from a show room.
    A lot of great tips with this post. Just an FYI the frames you used on your gallery wall are on clearance at Target. The 5×7 is marked down to 9.99 at my local store. I’m still waiting for the 8×10 to be marked down.
    I love your blog and look forward to reading your post.
    Have a great week!

  6. Your home is just gorgeous. I’m always in awe at how simple your decor is, yet absolutely gorgeous! (I often get one of those “slap my forehead… why didn’t I think of that moments” whenever I visit! Well done girlfriend!!!!!

  7. you are so good with this Laura!! I have such a hard time with the little touches! we’ve been in our home a year now, and I hardly have anything personal on the walls yet 🙁 want to come visit?!!

  8. I just found your site and love it! Can you tell me what color of paint you used on your walls in the Gallery Wall photo (the one that includes the small wreath)?
    I like all of your paint choices. Maybe you’ve listed this somewhere on the site. I’ll keep browsing….

  9. I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You’re incredible! Thanks!

  10. We just moved into a new home, and I am wanting to decorate it to match our style. But since this is the first time that I have ever had the opportunity to do so, and need some tips on how to go about doing it. I like how you pointed out that when it comes to put things on a mantel, it doesn’t have to be complicated or over filled. We can keep it simple, and just use things we already have.

  11. My wife is always looking for kitchen decor for sale, and I think that being able to find some new ways we could decorate our home would be neat. I’m glad that you talked about using vintage touches, which I think could be really neat in our kitchen decor. I’m going to have to share your article with her, and see if we can start shopping around for some different vintage decor items we could use in our home! Thanks for the idea!

  12. Just moved into a new home! Everything is great except it doesn’t have allot of charter yet. I love the idea of having a vintage feel. I love the combination you use to create a great vintage feel. I will need to look more into finding a good place I can get home decor.

  13. I am about to purchase my first home, and I really want to make my home feel really personalized. I liked what you said about how gallery walls have become really popular over the past few years. That does seem like a great way for me to get some great art in my home and have a place for pictures of my family.

  14. I liked how you said that our homes should be a reflection of ourselves and our families and not a cookie cutter execution of someone else’s style. My wife and I recently moved into a new house and we have been trying to figure out ways to decorate and style our home so that it is unique and personal. My wife despises how garbage cans look so it would be great if we could find a way to make our wastebasket liner look more decorative.