Family can make a house to home. So what if the family isn’t perfect, there may be disagreements from time to time, they may be a little or a lot messy, but love abides. Family is the foundation, then we build and surround ourselves with the things that make us happy and pleasing to the senses.
When I was a little girl I loved looking at houses from the outside and thinking “that house looks like a happy house”. I’ve carried that same childish phrase in my head throughout my life. I’d drive though a neighborhood on my way to wherever, and at quick glances I would say within myself, ‘that’s a happy house”.
A “happy house” is a feeling I’d get just looking at the outside of a house. Happy house was probably one of the reasons I went unto real estate sales. Being in real estate sales allow my to visit the inside of some happy houses. Once inside, sometimes I was so disappointed at what I saw on the inside. For me, the happy house was clean and looked welcoming and the inside was neat and clean and light and airy.
My “happy house” has a family that is loving and fun-loving. There’s usually some activity happening. Keeping the house neat and tidy is a problem sometimes. So what I tell myself is that when the house is untidy from time to time, it’s simply living.
Start Inside or Outside?
In many neighborhoods, a neat and clean front yard is a must. It doesn’t have to be green grass, a water saving front yard would do just fine. If you ever thought about doing some gardening, why not plant some flower or roses. Does your house need a paint job? That can be a big expense, but if possible, have it done.
My brother recently had his house repainted the same color, replaced the windows, had the drive way repaved, and had a new door installed. It wasn’t a stark change, but it made a noticeable difference.
Depending on your budget, you may have to decide whether to do the outside or the inside for now. My personal choice would be the inside. I want to walk into my home and feel that “happy house” vibe.
This is not a how to decorate blog, just tossin out some ideas.
Which Room to Start With
People tend to want to have their living room decorated first. Probably because this is the area that your company sees. The next task would be the master bedroom and master bath in my opinion. If the kids are old enough, let them decorate their own room. The bedroom for the little ones shouldn’t be too hard. The kitchen may be the hardest.
What’s Your Style?
Let’s start in the living room, which means you design around your couch.
Shabby Chic furniture and furnishings have the appearance of age and signs of wear and tear. New items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. A great place to find shabby chic furniture is to go thrift store shopping. Not everyone has the knack to see the shabby chic in something that’s simply shabby.
There a people who take thrift store finds and show other how to refurbish items by recording themselves doing the work on youtube.com. Shopping at yard sales and estate sales are great places to find those shabby chic items.
Country-Cottage has the simplicity of the American countryside. It portrays the unpretentious ease of farm life and is finding an increasingly receptive audience in modern times. Cheery and natural, the style places function over form and comfort over modernity. Country Cottage can also be found by thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales.
Traditional Cottage Decor is colorful, has a comfortable look and is characterized by painted or decorated furniture with graceful lines, weathered finishes, textural elements such as baskets, beadboard walls and natural-fiber rugs, and colors taken straight from a lush flower garden.
French Provincial furniture gives a highly inspired and very elegant European look to any room.
Modern Design “often confused with contemporary style, today’s modern style is based on a design movement that was birthed around the turn of the 20th century. Modern style furnishings and decor celebrate natural materials, neutral or earthy colors, and the elimination of unnecessary detailing”.
Contemporary Design include stone, wood, and leather – faux or genuine. While contemporary interior design styles embrace a similar concept of using natural materials, they are usually paired with concrete, steel, and other industrial-inspired elements.
Traditional Design offers a combination of comfortable furniture, classic designs and casual décor. Traditional has always been my personal favorite. It allows your home to have that air of comfort and elegant at the same time. The traditional style features warm, rich colors that are very inviting.
Wouldn’t you just love to come home from your day and walk past your tastefully decorated living room to your master bedroom retreat? I got the following definition from the internet:
Master bedroom retreats should include large windows for natural sunlight, doors to incorporate outside and a sitting area. Complete master bedrooms have a sitting area, like the one pictured here.
Turn Your Master Bedroom Into A Restful Retreat by using:
- Calming color palette. Color may affect your ability to sleep.
- Have a sitting area
- Little to no distractions
- A cozy, comfy bed.of course with a headboard of your choice
- Leverage Layers by adding large pillows, standard pillows, smaller sofa type pillows. Upper and lower sheets, turned down blankets and a folded blanket at the foot of the bed
- Make the bed before you leave for the day
- Clear the clutter everyday so that it does not become a big chore
- Candles and be very sexy
You can’t have a master retreat without a master bath that’s just as stunning. Consider watching some DIY ideas on youtube. There are you tubers who do a lot of DIY projects with mirrors, and dollar store crystals and other inexpensive items. Go to youtube.com and enter master bath ideas in the search bar.
The first time I tried my hand at decorating was when I was first married and didn’t have a clue. I was just so happy to have a place that I could call my own, I started in without thinking and planning. I mixed my own paint, got paint all over the counter tops and tried to cover it all up with contact paper. Total disaster!
After a few failed attempts, I said to myself, “self, you just don’t have the know how”. What I realized I was doing was using my inexperience to go at it alone, when all I had to do was do some research and look at pictures for ideas.
There are kitchens that are decorated so beautifully, they practically scream come in and hang out. After all, the kitchen is usually where family and friends congregate.
Don’t Neglect the Laundry Room
The laundry room deserves no less attention than the more prominent rooms in the house. However, it is a room you can put off until another day.
Turn Your House to Home
Making your home look the way that pleases you shouldn’t be hard. You don’t need big bucks. Many DIY you tubers shop Dollar Store, Home Goods, Thrift Stores and other discount stores to accomplish their decorating tutorials.
Images from the internet and youtube have been of tremendous help to me in figuring out how to make my house to home.
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