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July 14, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Personal space: You don’t need to be crafty to add personalized décor to your home


By Andrea Dashiell / Special to Sunday Market

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Pinterest or home blogs, you know that customized home décor is having a moment right now (a very, very big moment).

Seemingly everywhere, bloggers and DIY-ers are posting photos of their monogrammed linens, hand-painted wall art and decorative chalkboard signs. Thankfully, you don’t have to be crafty to incorporate the same personalized touch into your décor. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Is home where your heart is? Capture its beauty by commissioning a My Sweet Rose Illustration and Art Custom House Portrait ($100 at Utah artist Laura Davies offers one-of-a-kind watercolor illustrations of your home based on your favorite photo.

Chalkboards have become a hot décor trend, thanks to their laid-back charm and helpful functionality. Add one, such as the Farmhouse Chalkboard ($50 at Cost Plus World Market), to your kitchen to display the week’s meal plan, an uplifting daily quote or an inspired doodle. Change it up whenever the mood strikes.

Show your love of Seattle’s neighborhoods with a canvas Destination Sign ($295 at Watson Kennedy, downtown). You can also have one custom-made for $100 more to include 12 meaningful destinations from your life, such as where you met your spouse, got engaged or got married.

Show some team spirit with Rusticly Inspired’s Family Rules Sign ($60 at Artist Lisa Loffing hand-paints each sign to include your favorite team (go Hawks!), as well as your family name.

Frame a locally made Jones Design Company Calligraphy Name Print ($25 at as a beautiful piece of artwork for a child’s room or a gift for new parents.


When it comes to adding a personal touch, monograms are a classic. West Elm’s Hammam Stripe Hand Towels ($10 each) are a stylish and unstuffy way of adding one or two to your home.

Spell out a name or inspirational word with the rustic iron Marquee Letter Hooks ($18 each at Anthropologie) to add style to your coat or towel rack, or hang cork-covered Wall Decal Bedroom letters ($4 each at Target) on the wall. For a bigger impact, use one oversized letter, such as the 23.5-inch Paper Maché Letter ($9 at Jo-Ann Stores), which is ready to be embellished with paint or glitter.

Dress up your living room with a Kijsa Studio Burlap Zip Code Pillow ($36 at, handmade to order with your favorite five digits. Or opt for a Hen House Originals State Pillow Cover ($24 at The Seattle-based company customizes the covers with a distressed image of your state, as well as your family name and hometown.

Outdoor décor

Your home’s exterior can be just as expressive as the interior with a few simple touches. Say goodbye to builder-grade house numbers with Design Within Reach’s Neutra House Numbers ($17–$19 at, replicas of those used by architect Richard Neutra on many of his buildings in the 1930s and ’40s.

Dress up your door with Pottery Barn’s Ella Adjustable Door Wreath Hanger ($39), which can be personalized with your name or a monogram. Another PB favorite is the classic Monogram Doormat ($59–$99). The sophisticated but welcoming coir mat is available in four sizes and two colors.

Point guests in the right direction with a simple, charming arrow, such as the Chalkboard Destination Sign ($13 at Cost Plus World Market). Change up the words as you see fit — whether pointing guests to the garden, barbecue, party or general good times.

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