Making a House a Home

Making a House a Home

There are at least 6 essentials to making a house a HOME. When we moved in, it was someone else’s home and it took our touches and our things to make it ours.

When we purchased it, everything outside was painted white, which was great for staging and selling.

And everything inside was painted tan, which again, was great for staging and selling. But it had no personality. It was a shell. It was a house, not a home.

This graphic by Casper shows six things that I think are essential for making a new house, a home:

First thing that I like to do, is customize my front door and the easiest, quickest way to do that is to add a wreath. This will immediately personalize your home to the outside world.

You will notice that my wreath, isn’t a wreath at all, but a metal wall pocket and it holds flowers from the Dollar Store. Unique, Pretty, and Cheap!

The second thing I would do is to put a rug outside the front door. The welcome mat always says “somebody lives here.”

Already, that cold, empty house now looks like it is someone’s home.

The next thing I’d do, is add some throws, or as we call them in the south, afghans, in the living room. What do you do when you are cold? Wrap up! How to warm a cold room? Add small blankets, throws, afghans! I can’t resist a pretty crocheted afghan! I found all three of these at the thrift store and I had to have them.

However, I have a very soft, but much more manly throw on Mr. Menace’s leather chair.

I even have a couple of extra throws available for cold winter nights.

What else do you need to sit comfortably in your new living room? PILLOWS! Throw pillows can add lots of charm, color, and personalization to your room.

Next, comes artwork. And to tell you the truth, I may have this one too far down the list! But who said these were listed in any specific order any way?? I prefer my artwork to be personal. I dislike designers who redo a room and go out and buy all new generic artwork. Your home should reflect you. That’s the definition of HOME. I love to gather all the artwork I have collected over the years and starting hanging it! I instantly feel like I am home when the artwork is hanging on the walls.

Left picture is a drawing of the old Birmingham Depot, now demolished, and right are photos taken by Mr. Menace of the Hale Bopp Comet.

I found this hydrangea picture, my favorite flower, at the thrift store.

These herbs paintings are ones that I painted myself and hang in my kitchen.

The Bee Keepers artwork was a gift from our grandkids.

Now that’s not to say that the artwork doesn’t change positions. I rarely get it right the first time. But since I love decorating, I sure do not mind moving things around as the mood strikes.

The painting on top was done by a cousin. The cross stitch in the middle is an excerpt from my favorite poem. And the bottom needlework was a gift from my daughter.

Last, but certainly not least….. family pictures. No home should be without them. Some people like gallery walls. I prefer to have mine scattered around. Since we are grandparents, we usually get new pictures from our kids at Christmas and its fun to just add to the collection.

Now what about the rest of the house?

In my opinion the same ideas apply to the other rooms also. I redid our bedroom recently, and used these same six ideas then.

  • a wreath or something floral
  • a rug for those cold mornings
  • extra comfy pillows like these from Casper
  • a throw on the bed
  • artwork
  • family photos




Pillows and Throw

Family Photos

I have not hung artwork in our bedroom since I did the update, which you can see Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE. I am making a very personalized piece and I will share that at a later date when it is finished.

So, essentials for a new home… using my six ideas, it’s easy, fairly quick, and even cheap! Do you agree?

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  1. Lisa Hollowell says:

    Tan – that color just has no personality in my opinion! (Though I know plenty of people who disagree with me.) I think artwork is so important! You have a lot of interesting artwork hanging up. I’ve never understood people who pick something – say a painting of a bowl of fruit – simply because the colors match their room ok. I love pictures with people or interesting places, etc. I love that blue cabinet in the thrift store afghans picture!

    • gwingal says:

      Well, obviously I agree with you Lisa. haha However, it does seem to work on me as a home buyer! Both houses that I have picked out here have been painted tan throughout the interior. So I can see the appeal. And you KNOW where I got that cabinet from….
      I have really gotten into collecting memorabilia of the Birmingham area, so I was quite pleased to find that pic of the demolished depot at the thrift store.
      Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  2. Beverly Roderick says:

    I completely agree with you that a house has to have personal touches to be a home. For years, we moved pretty frequently. The very first thing I always had to do was window treatments. Bare windows just aren’t my style. From there, I followed lots of the same ideas you’ve mentioned. I love the herb paintings-how pretty and special since you painted them yourself. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my Home Decor Board.

    • gwingal says:

      Oh I love curtains Beverly! Although, most times for me, my prior window treatments won’t work on the windows in the new house. But hey, great excuse to shop, right? I have found thrift stores and Ebay to be excellent places to find curtains for cheaper. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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