CS: What are your tips for making a house feel personal and a reflection of you?
JL: Good question! I'm always thinking of my home as the narrative of me, an art directed version of myself. So, I think about this a lot. Often, I'll pick something small that I love — an object, an idea, or a movie — and let that guide me. I test everything against that "theme" — Would Winnie Cooper wear this color? Would this make sense in the Arnolds' living room? (The Wonder Years).
For me, a theme is a way of setting limits and boundaries — in a good way. It's a guiding principle, rather than an obvious statement (ie no rubber ducky bathrooms, but maybe a guest room with coloring and furnishings inspired by the aesthetics of the movie Love Story) . . .
Also, collect ideas. Whether you bookmark websites, cut images from magazines, or pull things into Pintrest or Tumblr (mine is Add It To The List), keep 'em and see what they have in common. That might help narrow the possibilities and unite your ideas.