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The Interesting House: Accents to Add Intrigue and Individuality to Your Home

We’ve all seen them – those houses that seem filled with stories, where every room has character. Whether it’s the antique coffee pot or the intricate glasswork hanging from the ceiling, some spaces just beg to be wondered about, explored, and drunk in. There’s no one design plan that will have that result – the only sure fire way to have that effect in your own home is to put your passions on display and be brave enough to show off all the quirks and craziness you enjoy in your life. To help you get started, we’ve brainstormed some basic ideas for you to run with.

Do you have a favourite book?

    1. Literary quotes have become somewhat trendy in the decorating world, and there’s nothing stopping you from pulling your favourite line out of your favourite piece of literature and scrolling it on the wall, or writing it on a pillow, or putting it on a canvas. You can put your quote somewhere totally unexpected to cause a double-take, or you can hide it away so it can only be seen in particular circumstances.
    2. Books also often have beautiful cover-art or illustrations. Using pictures from your favourite book can be a nice, wordless tribute that may be a fun way of bringing some of your favourite literary characters to life around your home.
    3. Don’t underestimate the power of descriptions. If there is a particular place in a book you love whose description has always resonated well with you, don’t be afraid to incorporate those elements into your home. Doing so may add a little subtle magic to your space.

Do you have a favourite person? Maybe you love Maya Angelou. Maybe a book about Winston Churchill got you into politics. Maybe you’re continually inspired by Kenojuak Ashevak’s work. If you have a particular role model, consider hanging a portrait of them in your house. Unlike a quote or a piece of art, a portrait encompasses the whole person, and therefore their whole body of work.

Show off your stories. Do you have a sword from your exchange year in Thailand? Did you win a painting in a bet at a bar? Hang them up. There’s nothing like strange knick knacks to bring some personality into a home and get people telling stories.

Make things yourself and display them. It doesn’t matter what it is you like to do, you can find ways to incorporate it into your home decor. Paint your feet and dance on a canvas if you have to. Get creative, and don’t forget that even if you aren’t a master at something, it can still be nice to have evidence of the things you’ve tried hanging around.


We all have such rich and varied lives – it would be a shame to keep all those stories to ourselves. Don’t be afraid to share your experiences by putting them on display in your home – you’ll be reminded of all the things you’e done and the people you’ve done them with, and your visitors will walk around your space in wonder.

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