An Expert's Advice for Personalizing Your Home
You can hire the best stylist in town to decorate your interior, but if it doesn’t speak to you, then that house won’t feel like home. Be sure to fill your space with objects that show who you really are. Interior designer Kishani Perera, who’s designed homes for Molly Sims and Rachel Bilson, knows a thing or two about bringing life to every room. Fusing the finest designer pieces with unique eBay finds, she creates beautiful spaces with interest and character. Below, she’s sharing her simple tips on perfecting the high-low mix and injecting personality into any space.
"Oftentimes people are fearful of “cluttering” their spaces with knickknacks and shy away from including personal trinkets in their designs, but these are the very things that truly make a space your own. Embrace personal mementos and pepper them liberally throughout your home for instant character and fun!"
"Add unexpected elements to your home by using traditional pieces in new and interesting ways. For example, turn a vintage cabinet or antique trolley into your new bathroom vanity to bring personality to your space."
"From rugs to toss cushions to drapery, textiles themselves tell quite a tale with their patterns and textures. Select ones that resonate with your design sensibility and infuse your space with warmth and individuality. Don’t forget to consider all areas of your home."
"Add dimension and character to your environment by creating layered tablescapes. From your favorite coffee-table books to beautiful bowls and unusual objects, not only will you add height, texture, and softness to an otherwise colder area, but these elements will also provide an opportunity to showcase your style and tell your story."
"Create whimsy by placing select items in unconventional locations in your home. For example, place large-scale table lamps on the floor instead of a tabletop, or display stacks of books on the floor rather than displaying them in a bookcase. The element of surprise speaks to a homeowner’s fearlessness and outside-the-box attitude, which any guest will appreciate!"