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5 characteristics of a creative person’s home

I’m always reading (blog posts) and hearing (podcasts) about traits that creative people have in common.

We all know, of course, that creative people tend to be curious, interested in the people around them, and willing to take risks, but what do we know about the homes of creative people?

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They fill their home with things of beauty. Creative people tend to have a fairly developed sense of style, and know that filling their home with things they love is the best way to inspire and encourage their work.

Whether it’s flowers or other natural artifacts, souvenirs from travels, or an accessory that speaks to them, creative people surround themselves with beautiful, meaningful things they love.

book shelves


Creative people surround themselves with books. LOTS of them. Creative people are curious people, and, in practical terms, that tends to mean that they read voraciously.

They read for fun, they read to improve and market their craft…they just read. They see books as capable of sparking ideas and inspiring them to new and creative heights.

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Creative people collect (and display their collections). If you peek into the home of a creative person, you’ll more than likely come across an artfully-arranged collection or two.

They often collect and display items that have an emotional value to them, or that tell a story of who they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going.



Creative people’s homes have a flair of originality and a touch (or more) of DIY. This is probably fairly obvious, but, more often than not, you know you’ve entered a creative realm just by looking around.

Creative people tend to want their surroundings to be inspiring and beautiful, and they don’t mind getting their hands dirty in the process. Original artwork, handmade touches, DIY furnishings and window coverings-homes of creative people tend to be filled with these personal touches.



There’s a designated place in the home for creative endeavors. Creative people know the value of having surroundings that reflect their goals.

An artist may have a light-filled space filled with her supplies, a writer may have a nook filled with comfy furnished and books, a musician may have a quiet corner with a favorite chair and a view of the garden. Creative people, in short, set up their surroundings to encourage creativity.

I know I’ve barely touched the surface of creative people’s homes…what have I left out? What characteristics do you think creative homes have?


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Where are the beautiful coffee mugs from? What brand? Thx !


Saturday 18th of September 2021

Creative people come in every shape and size, decorate in every possible combination. We are each unique individuals and the great news for me is that I don't need to follow anyone else's rules or beliefs about what a creative person does, looks like, decorates like, or anything else. That is the freedom of creativity. It can be difficult in a world that demands sameness and compliance. Finding our joyful expressive spirit is such a unique sweet spot and celebrating each other is so rewarding, especially when we are so different. Without those unique differences I might never get inspired ideas from seeing beautiful work. Thank you for the prompt to remember that I can find it anywhere and express it in any way my heart desires.


Friday 9th of April 2021

Have you been to my house? I have the white walls the better to display my collections - art ( my own and other); quilts, wall hangings, fabric art, Ukrainian Easter Eggs and I need to keep it neat for my own sense of aesthetics. I have a sewing room, and a full on craft room and both are organized with a designated place for everything. When I’m working on a big project my stuff can get spread all over the house but I try to get it all back before I start the next. I think you are bang on with your list of 5.

Susan Mercurio

Monday 29th of June 2020

My creative home is filled with color. I was disappointed in seeing every room in every picture painted Better-Homes -and-Gardens white! Yuck.


Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

I always have an accumulation of my next obsession sitting near by. My latest obsession? Beach glass, learning to make beach glass jewelry, star fish, crafts for my home with starfish and sea glass and sand dollars. I just got my own little cottage by the lake and I’m having a lot of fun! I even make rock towers at the beach when I’m not searching feverishly for beach glass from the beautiful shores of Lake Erie!