Making a House a Home
There are some essentials that, to me, took my new house to the status of MY 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.
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
- 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?