Starting Points: 3 Places to Begin Designing Your Home

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Starting Points

If, like me, you’ve ever wondered how to make the leap from what you’ve got now to what will help you create your own personal statement with decor, this is for you. Here are a few of my thoughts on where to focus your energy and budget when working to get from where you are now to where you want to go.

If You Were a Chair…

You want a home you can be proud of and that better reflects your taste, but you’re not sure how to get started; here’s some food for thought: try identifying and adding your signature chair. From the Eames DCM pictured above to any number of well-known alternatives, if you find that special chair that resonates for you and you bring it (and, over time, multiples of it) into your space, it will serve you well for a lifetime.

Signature Chair
Image: Joe Schmelzer

Alternative Art

If you’ve got a space to fill, think large scale and alternative art; there’s nothing better for bringing in your point of view. It’s actually easier than you might think to find–or make–just what you’re looking for (park your bike in the living room?), and it will create a huge difference in your rooms.

Alternative Art
Image: Apartment Therapy

Tell a Story with Lighting

Lights serve so many purposes, from creating ambiance to providing safety, but did you know light fixtures are one of the best ways to tell your design story? From the wall installation to the pendants above—and more, there are dozens of stories just waiting to be told. Take a look around your home to see what your light fixtures are saying about your style.

Images: Left, Jens Passoth for Dwell; Right, Skandium

How have you brought your own personal style into your home?


  1. I love the idea of alternative art! great way to add instant personality and change to a space. great ideas!

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.