The Israelites had a very large, diverse group of dwellings circling the tabernacle. The Lord told them they could build their houses to their individual liking, just as long as they were recognizable as part of the tribe of Israel.  

God never expected us to be cardboard cutouts of one another. We center our lives around Him and He encourages us to embrace our individual uniqueness all while making our devotion to Him evident for anyone to see.