So much of what goes into decorating your home is personal style and a good eye, but one of the most challenging aspects is patience. We all want to move in and execute the Elle Decor editorial we have in our mind’s eye, but as you soon find out that can take a lot of time… we’re talking years. Sometimes by the time you “finish” furnishing a room, your personal taste may have changed (I’m lookin at you, Ikea armchair). So this quote in Rue Magazine assuaged the embarrassed college student in me, and the just-starting-out young adult: “the furniture you own should be a culmination of all the different people you have been at different points in your life.”  Do you feel that your interior speaks to all of the different people you have been?

Leather tray – Keeping a tray at the entryway to catch keys, sunglasses and change will cut down dramatically on those “where are my keys!” moments in the morning. Trust me on this one.

Bench – I am absolutely in love with the long, low bench in the inspiration image. I’m keeping my eye out for the long piece of raw wood that will make this DIY dream come true for me, but until then a wooden bench will do the trick.

“Stay True” keychain – A simple message with minimalist design, this might just be the perfect keychain.

Black canvas – The large black painting in the inspiration image has got to be one of the easiest DIY art projects there is, but if even that is too much work for you – you can buy stretched black canvas. Easiest DIY ever.

Constellation map – I love the way the framed art in our inspiration is leaning up against the wall, creating another layer to the vignette. Try leaning a few frames in front of each other at home to create a similar look with what you already have.

Stone praying lady – One of my favorite elements to this room are the two large rocks holding up the bench. You could bring a few rocks home from your next glamping trip, or introduce the same materials into your space with a sculpture like this stone praying lady.

The National vinyl – A long, low bench is a great place to store and display your record collection and books.

Record player – Anything I say about the sound quality of LPs will sound cliche, so let’s just cut to the chase – this record player will look cool in your space.

*inspiration image – Andi Potamkin’s home via Rue Magazine 

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    Luba Dimitrova | January 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Completely agree with the quote ! It is exactly my case as I have been traveling a lot in the last years, bringing from every single place I´ve visited a souvenir that reminds me on the nice moments spent around the globe.

    XX Luba

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    • Cristina | January 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Luba that’s my favorite way to decorate too!

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    kelsey | January 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

    this quote is awesome. thanks for sharing
    Ladies in Navy

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls | January 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Absolutely! I don’t think it’s humanly possible to switch all your furniture 200 times in your life (unless you are a Hollywood star, that is), to reflect your own personal evolution, evolution of your taste. And of course, there is also your significant other’s taste to take into consideration! So, I can only agree with that quote: all the furniture and things you’ve collected over the year, says something about you, your journey and the evolution of your taste. Unless something is really hideous or destroyed, make it work!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

    • Cristina | January 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Good point Ivana, every now and then I feel like starting all over again with a blank canvas but it’s just not realistic. And adding another person’s taste into the mix means you’ve just gotta get creative!

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    Sarah Stacey | January 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    The quote is pretty spot on…I feel the same way about tattoos.

    • Cristina | January 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I thought of tattoos when I first read it too!

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | January 22, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Love this post, Cristina. You always give us something to think about… I like that many pieces of my furniture were handed down to me from family members. So I feel like my home carries not just my history, but theirs too. The homes I admire most always have furniture with “stories”.

    • Cristina | January 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks Jenn! I totally agree pieces with a rich family history are what make it “home.”

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    Jocelyn Casey | January 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Cristina, thank you for this! I love how you have brought in the essence of the inner life with interior design. It is my belief the interiors of our homes reflect the nature of our inner life. I love how a room can literally tell a story with a deeper meaning than by just calling them “things”. I appreciate your vision for this and please share more!

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