Years ago, I was staying at the Hotel San Jose in Austin, TX, and I noticed they’d pinned poems to the walls above the light switches and it took my breath. Something about that touch made the room feel like home — like there was a live person behind the hotel, instead of a Designer.

This is a thing I notice now about peoples’ homes, whether I know more about who they are and want to be based on their space. I want all the small things my new bedroom to make me feel joy, so I’m paying particular attention to the details.

My question for you is, What do you have in your room that makes you smile every time you see it or use it?

Photo by Bruce Turner