3 Ways to Personalize Your Home

There are few things more valuable than the square footage you own. Coming home in a place that not only feels tidy and well designed, but also unique to you is one of the best ways to recharge your batteries after a day at work. So how do you create an apartment that would be Pinterest-worthy? how do you make your home yours? We’ve partnered with HomeGoods to create three spaces tailored to the way we spend our time. If you’re a bookworm, entertainer, or coffee lover in the mood, look no further for design inspiration that will customize your home with just a few essential accessories.

For the bookworm: cozy reading corner

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Cozy is the name of the game when you create the perfect spot to curl up with the latest NY Times bestseller or your favorite magazine. The most important ingredients? A comfy chair, a warm throw blanket, great lighting, a bench to rest your feet on or hold your latte on, and a few cute items to make the whole corner feel inviting.

The buttery soft throw blanket is heaven on earth for less than $20, and we absolutely nailed it with this lamp that’s simple enough to work with any design scheme—but still added a feminine element. The bench is upholstered in a really pretty linen fabric, which we love for its subtle texture, and looks a lot more expensive than the $100 we paid for it. We used fresh flowers in a crisp white vase and a silver lantern candle holder that adds the slightest touch of glamour. If you’re not already a book lover, this cozy corner might change your mind!

For the entertainer: The ultimate bar and/or music space

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If you’re considered the Monica Gellar of your group of friends (aka the hostess with the mustess), you could use one spot for your fun must-haves: cocktails and tunes. Using the top of a standard three-drawer dresser or dresser allows you to create a entertaining space without building in additional furniture, and still have plenty of room for all your essentials.

Candles can be an expensive investment, but we found these at HomeGoods for just $6, and to say we’re obsessed would be an understatement. Inviting guests into a house filled with a delicious scent (in this case wild mint and white tea) sets the tone for the rest of the evening, and for this price you could snag several!

With wine glasses and bowls on hand, you don’t have to dig through your cupboards to find extras for your guests, and we’ve fallen in love with these gold-rimmed glasses that feel extra chic, even though they’re only $6 each! HomeGoods had pretty much every type of serveware on hand, so we got these nifty ceramic bowls to hold simple snacks like gourmet popcorn and candy (yes, HomeGoods has yummy treats, too!).

A simple woven basket for your favorite records gives guests easy access to browse your collection and DJ, giving you more time to say hello, mingle and get the cocktails rolling.

For the coffee lover: an in-home coffee trolley

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If your first stop on a Monday morning is the local coffee shop, consider creating a home coffee cart. Not only does it give you extra time to enjoy a latte in your pajamas, but it could also save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Wake up to a personalized coffee bar, complete with your favorite mug and ceramics, a coffee maker on the stovetop, and Your coffee of choice feels like the start of an enjoyable morning routine!

We bought this adorable mug set from HomeGoods, which certainly outperforms the standard Starbucks to-go mug. Ditto for the classic cream and sugar holders, which feel more personal than your typical boxed sugar packets or creamer. All in all, a welcome departure from the crazy dash to the cafe and easy to replicate in just about any room.

Have you made any personal changes to your home this year? How do you find ways to make your home unique? Let us know in the comments below!

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This article was sponsored by HomeGoods, but all opinions contained herein are those of The Everygirl editors.

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