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Make Your Dream Home Uniquely Yours

We've all experienced that moment when we step into an empty apartment, condo, or home and wonder how to make it truly yours. Figuring out furniture placement, rug size, and functionality can be overwhelming, not to mention choosing the right accessories. Hours spent scrolling for inspiration often leave us feeling more lost than before.

Enlisting the help of an interior designer is a great way to create a personalized roadmap and find your unique style. However, until you take that step, we'll share a peek into our process from a recent client's living room personalization project.

Custom bookshelf styling with ceramics, paintings and books

Design by Lynne Parker Designs

A Condo Refresh

Our client had an extensive book collection but lacked a bookshelf + appropriate storage in their new space. We identified a blank wall next to the fireplace as the perfect spot for a custom built-in bookshelf. After measuring and illustrating the layout, our contractor completed the structure within hours (and for a great price, too!) A warm gray paint color, matching the trim, made the piece seem like it had always been there. With a touch of styling and personal decor, the room felt completely transformed. Check out this gorgeous bookshelf!

Design by Lynne Parker Designs

If building a bookshelf isn't feasible, consider these alternatives to personalize your space:

Consider Custom Window Treatments

Investing in custom window treatments can elevate the look and feel of your space. Consider luxurious fabrics like silk, velvet, or linen, and choose a curtain rod that complements your room's style. If you're feeling daring, opt for patterned fabric to make a statement.

Insider tip: Hang the drapes as close to the ceiling as possible (leaving room for the rod) to create the illusion of higher ceilings.

interior design window treatment for living room

Design by Lynne Parker Designs

Find a Nook

A little space between walls, an empty space in an entrance or foyer area, a blank wall in a dining room - these are the areas we’re talking about when we say nook. These spaces lend themselves beautifully to a sweet vintage bar cart dressed with assorted bar glasses, cocktail tools and a classic ice bucket. The diminutive space serves as the perfect canvas to hang small artwork or a lovely mirror.

Additionally, this small piece of real estate in your home also provides a pressure-free opportunity to flex your creativity and find your personal style. Let’s face it - not quite as designing a living room!

Nook with bar cart, vintage paintings and ceramic goods

Design by Lynne Parker Designs

Toy With Removable Wallpaper

Wallpaper has made a significant comeback in recent years. From hand-painted prints and grasscloth to colorful botanicals and whimsical animal patterns, the options are endless. Removable wallpapers have become increasingly popular, especially for renters, as they offer the same visual impact without damaging walls.

Experiment with removable wallpaper on a single accent wall, inside a bookshelf, or even as a creative backsplash in the kitchen. The versatility and ease of application make it an ideal choice for those looking to personalize their space without long-term commitment.

To create a personalized and cohesive space, reflect on your preferences and gather inspiration from various sources. Keep notes on your answers to these questions, and a vision will begin to emerge. Remember, personalizing your dream home is a journey, so take your time and enjoy the process of discovering your unique style. Happy searching and good luck in creating your one-of-a-kind home!


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