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6 Ways to Organize a Home with Personality

We all want to be more organized, but we don’t want our homes to lose the style that makes them unique. Enter Leslie Lehr, a professional organizer, blogger, and lifestyle influencer, who owns the organizing business All Your Ducks In A Row. Here are her 6 tips for keeping a personalized yet orderly home.

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What’s your advice for people who want to be organized but have a lot of stuff?

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Organize by category instead of location. Begin with the following categories: clothing, books, paper, housewares, and nostalgia. Once items are properly organized by category, assign a designated storage area, such as a fabulous console or side table with drawers. I love the Alton Media Console and Chippendale Bamboo-Style Side Table from Wisteria. These pieces are stylish and functional for an organized home.

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What is the key to keeping things organized long term?

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Once you have assigned a designated zone and organized by category, honor your new system. Take time to return items to their designed space and take inventory of your categories each month so you can edit out unnecessary items. Remember that a clutter-free home that is well organized promotes a welcoming, peaceful, and joyful space.

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How does someone figure out their style aesthetic?

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Here are my top 5 tips to determine your personal style:

  1. Use Pinterest to create boards by room and start pinning. Your pinning process will unveil a common style.
  2. Tour your home and take note of pieces that bring you the most pleasure. Once your list is complete, consider the style, color, material, and pattern. Many of my clients find that their favorite pieces clearly define their style.
  3. Save images you adore from catalogues and magazines, then create a filing system to store them.
  4. Surf the web for design blogs and lifestyle influencers. Consider why you like their content. Is it the color palette, the style, material, accessories, or pattern?
  5. Take it to the streets. Visit home decor showrooms, luxury hotel lobbies, show houses, and restaurants. Take photographs of anything that brings you inspiration.
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What are some small ways to personalize a space?

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My favorite approach is with carefully selected home accessories. Let your personality shine with a fabulous light fixture. Celebrate your favorite color with pillows, artwork, or a decorative accessory. Coffee table books can help tell your story when you choose subjects that represent your interests. Monogrammed pillows, napkins, and towels are also the perfect way to personalize a space.

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What kinds of pieces can help a place feel like home?

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Details are key here. My favorite style tip to create a welcoming space is to add pillows in a variety of fabrics and prints. Fresh flowers or potted blooming plants in a favorite bowl or vase help celebrate each season. Also, select stunning frames in a set of three to display photographs of family and friends.

My favorite Wisteria pieces that make a space feel welcoming are the Corsica Velvet IKAT Pillow Cover mixed with solid European Flax Linen Pillow Covers in hues of blue, plus the 3-piece set of Happiness Pots to celebrate my passion for blue and white.

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Are there any design choices that can also help create that “home away from home” feel?

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Absolutely! Introduce a pop of color with a soft throw for your bed or sofa. A throw is a chic style technique while being an inviting accessory. Also, try adding a decorative desk lamp to lighten up a neutral space. And to keep things personal, introduce your favorite artist, color palette, or subject with art.

Follow Leslie Lehr on social for more organization inspiration!
Instagram: @leslie.lehr
Pinterest: @leslielehr

Visit her website for some major organization inspiration: http://allyourducksinarow.net/

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All images courtesy Leslie Lehr.

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