1. Personalize your space.
Adding a personalized element to my space is probably the most important home essential to me. My grandmother collected milk-glass and my mom gave me her collection. These pieces are so special to me and I've added to her collection. I never knew my grandmother, but I'm told I got my creativity from her. She's my namesake.
I also love collecting vases and copper. I've acquired these vintage pieces over time from antique malls, flea markets, garage sales etc. (The mugs are from Beam and Anchor in Portland) I display my collection on old barn wood shelves in my kitchen.