Turning a House into a Happy Home

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If you’ve just purchased a house, are in the process of moving, or have recently moved then it’s understandable that you might be feeling a little unsettled in yourself.  Our environment affects our emotions much more than we realise, and a lot of times people buy a new house with the expectation they’ll feel ‘at home’ straight away, but this doesn’t tend to happen instantly, as home is not a place – it’s a feeling, and this feeling can take some time to develop.

In many ways, home is a sense of belonging that brings comfort and stability to our lives; whilst it can help to undertake essential maintenance tasks such as double glazing repairs it’s important to understand that home is a feeling, not a place, and that feeling isn’t something that can be purchased… it’s something that will develop over time.

So, if you’re feeling a little unsettled and perhaps even homesick, know this is natural, but that it will pass in time.

When you think about it a house is basically a physical commodity in that it consists of bricks and mortar… whereas a “home” is something you must nurture and create… it’s not something that comes with the set of keys your estate agent gives you.

One of the best tips with regard to turning your new house into a happy home is to take immediate action with regard to unpacking and setting things up.  The best time to get started, of course, is right now… as the longer you leave your belongings in boxes, the longer you will feel unsettled and the more overwhelmed you will become.

Indeed, moving home can feel very overwhelming, particularly when unpacking and the best way to approach this is to chunk it into more manageable segments. For instance, rather than having twenty boxes to get through in one room; separate them out into four piles of five boxes.  This way, things will start to feel more manageable and you can then use the power of momentum to help you get more done in less time.

The other factor, is that you want to make your home feel like “yours” as soon as possible.  There’s a good chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and stylistic preferences.  There’s often a feeling of the house belonging to someone else, when you first move in, and therefore it’s important to cleanse and connect with the space.  Now, this might sound very “new age” as a concept, but it can be as simple as cleaning the house, yourself, in order to feel like it is yours.

In a similar vein, everyone has certain items they feel a strong emotional connection with and these items hold emotional energy that can make you feel more at home. It’s important to fill your home with the energy of “you” so that you can start to associate your new house with being your new home.  

In summary, home is not a place it’s a feeling and if you’ve just moved into somewhere new it’s going to take a little while for it to feel like home, but by unpacking, cleansing your environment, and putting out belongings that have your energy – you’ll catalyse this process.

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The Essentials You Need To Achieve An Easy, Eclectic, On Trend Home

In my book, quirky is good and what better what to show off your slightly offbeat nature than to rock an eclectic look in your home?  You’ll be pleased to know that it’s way easier than you think to achieve this as well. Just keep reading for some advice on how.

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Do – rock a neutral base

One of the most straightforward ways to achieve an eclectic home that works is to always remember to use a natural base colour on the walls. Now, this is something that is super easy to do, doesn’t cost too much, and can make your rooms look fantastic, so why wouldn’t you?

Most folks go for a bright white, especially if they are trying to get smaller rooms to look airier. However, white is not the only neutral colour, in fact, you can achieve similar success with greys, and even off-grey-black if you are looking for something particularly dramatic. Something you can see working at https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/.

Of course one of the reasons that starting with a neutral colour works so well for this decorating style is that you can choose bold wallpapers for an accent wall, or fill the room with beautiful nick-nacks and still be sure that it won’t look crowded or over the top.

Don’t – spend all your money on the decor

One of the things that you have to remember to do when creating an eclectic style in your home is to keep an eye on the big picture. Now it can be very easy to get a carried away with the decor, especially if you have a creative eye. However for your home to be a success in the long term you will need to look after the basics as well.

What this means is putting a little money aside each month for essentials such as roof repairs or boiler maintenance. The latter being something that professionals like the ones at http://ecosafe.co/boiler-services-in-southampton/ can help you with. After all, it won’t matter how gorgeous your home looks if you have to sit in a freezing room with leaks flooding in come winter time!

 

Do – thrift your heart out

Next, and perhaps the most fun part of achieving an eclectic look in your home is the joy that you can have with thrifting! After all, if your home is genuinely eclectic, you don’t need to stick to one particular style or era. This gives you the freedom to shop wherever you’d like and buy things that might not traditionally be placed in the same space.

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Thrifting for vintage and kitsch can be fun!

Of course, the best and cheapest way of doing this is thrifting items from second-hand stores. Places where you can almost always grab a kitsch bargain that will give you life! Although, you can also grab some stellar buys from online car boot apps and auctions these days as well, an activity you can get some tips on at https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/.

Just remember to curate your collections where possible and display them in the most attractive way, something you can learn more about in this post, where you will see some great shadow boxes and shelf displays.

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4 Things You’ll Want To Finish Every DIY Project

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If you have a lot of DIY going in your home, you are probably keen to make sure that you can do them right in every circumstance. Even if you only turn to DIY every now and then, you probably want to try and make sure that you can get it right, and tis means knowing exactly what it takes to finish every DIY project as smoothly and as effectively as you can. The truth is that there are a number of things you will want in order to be able to complete your upcoming DIY tasks, and that is what we are going to look at today. As long as you have considered the following, you should be able to finish any DIY project without any hassle, so make sure you’ve thought of these things.

 

The Tools

Without the right tools, it is practically impossible to make sure that you are finishing off your DIY projects, so this is the number one thing to think about. It is a good idea, in fact, to make sure that you stock up your home on the right tools, as if you don’t you won’t know what you need until the time comes around,and then it is often too late to get hold of exactly the right tools. However if you can go and get some of the tools that you are always likely to need now, then later on you will find it much easier to complete those projects in good time and with full effectiveness. There are a huge range of tools you might need to consider, ranging from cordless glue guns to the good old hammers and nails, and it’s absolutely worth going for one big shopto nurse that you have it all. Just having these things in the house will make you feel much more ready for any DIY project that might crop up in the future.

 

Time

You always need to try and be as patient as possible with any project that comes your way. You are always going to need a lot of time to complete projects, and it is better to bear that in mind than to pretend otherwise. Fortunately, as long as you prepare yourself in that way, you will be able to make sure that you are always going to complete your projects more effectively, and patience is one of the most vital things that you can possibly harbour as you hope to finish some DIY projects. With enough time, you can be sure of any project been completed, so this is actually one of the most important ingredients of all which you will need to consider. If you don’t think you have enough time for a particular project, you will need to try and find to create it, as otherwise you can’t expect your project to go well at all.


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Instructions

Whenever you are trying out something new, you will generally always want to make sure that you have the right instructions, so that you actually know what you are meant to be doing. Without that information, it will be much harder – and in some cases, impossible – to be able to finish the project in the right way. So the first thing you will need to do is always seek out some instruction on any project which you might be trying to complete, as without it you won’t be getting very far at all. It’s also important to make sure that you find instructions which you feel you can trust – and that is something which can itself be quite difficult to find. As long as you manage to, however it will make all the difference in the world, and make for a much easier project on the whole.

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Help

You might not always need help automatically, but it is also likely that there will be many times when you do need it. Bear that in mind, and be prepared to always go out of your way to try an find it – as long as you do find it, you will be able to make much more of the situation, and be able to ensure that the project gets completed much more easily and quickly. As long as you get that right, you can hope to complete your projects with more success too, and that is definitely something which we are going to aim for in every DIY project. As long as you have the right kind of help, you can be sure that it is going to go particularly well in the long run.

 

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The Landing: Baby Steps

Well it’s only taken 17 months but we’ve finally added something to the landing.

Or the hallway I should say. Last you saw the landing it looked like this. I’d painted it white and put a few frames up. And then it stayed like that. For a long time. I stated in my home decor plans for 2018 that I had some prints and frames standing by to put up and I finally got around to it this week. It also helped that Topher and I finally spent the Debenhams vouchers we got for our wedding and got this frame.* Big thanks for our photographer Nikki Cooper for sending us some actual prints along with our wedding photo filled USB stick. That really got our bums in gear as that prompted us to go and find a frame to put them in.

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So we finally have photos of ourselves in the house. Yay! I love the way this frame looks.

Then I finally got up some more prints we had as well as one of the wedding photographs that we loved but was in portrait so it wouldn’t fit in the main frame.

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I like how it’s growing but I feel like we definitely need a better balance of prints and photographs. I may also swap out the gold and silver frames for black and white ones. I like the idea of having nice bright prints that have a more muted frame. I just used those ones because I had them on hand. And they definitely don’t fit the prints they have inside them!

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We also received this awesome key holder from Topher’s auntie and uncle as a wedding present so I finally got that up too. How awesome does it look?

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I guess the next step is to get some more photos printed. We’ve got loads to choose from since next year it will be a decade that Topher and I have been together. Fingers crossed it won’t take 17 months this time!

Check out what the landing originally looked like when we moved in.

Are you slow to make changes like this too?

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Home Decor Plans 2018

Next month marks two years since Topher and I moved into our first house. Since then we’ve come a long way in decorating but there’s still lots of things left to do. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Guest bedroom

My Office

The Landing

Kitchen Nook

And here’s my plans for 2018:

Living Room

I made a lot of progress with the living room last year but it’s far from done. Which is why I haven’t shown it on the blog yet. If you’re interested in the in between shot, let me know, but otherwise I’m just going to wait until it’s done to show it off.

Here’s the before shots. Since then we’ve gotten laminate wood flooring which matches the kitchen, new sofas, new TV table and storage chest and I painted the walls grey. We’ve got all the base stuff done – it’s just finishing touches left.

The main problem is the walls. The light grey I had in mind did not translate onto the wall. I did everything right – I got a couple of samples and did big patches on the wall. One was way too dark and the other one looked perfect. The only thing was that as I was painting all the walls, I noticed that it looked blue. There’s a blue tinge to it. Nice but not what I was after. That and the fact that the room gets super dark did not help. So as a solution I think I’m going to paint two accent walls white to bring some light in. And possibly a mirror.

Once the walls are sorted, we can finally get some stuff up on the walls. Both Topher and I want to frame our nerdy maps and do a mini gallery wall in one corner – maybe even across two walls like this picture below:

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As well as the frames, we also want to get a shelf up somewhere to display a few things. I know, basic blogger but I don’t care. Since we don’t have a fireplace, we’re left without a mantlepiece to display anything. Not so bad day to day but when it comes to putting up cards at Christmas & birthdays, we’re left in a bit of a bind.

 

Kitchen

Topher and I have a lot of mugs. A shit tonne of mugs. We use them all too. At the moment we put the small ones on a mug tree and the big ones in a cupboard. They take up too much space and we need a solution. Luckily, I think I have one. I got the inspiration from one of those weekly newsletters and there was a picture of a pegboard. There’s a perfectly sized spot above our kettle that doesn’t have a cupboard so that’s where we’re going to put one. Currently we hang our calendar there but it can go somewhere else. It’s just wasted space.

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Of course it would be silly to put up something like that when you still need to paint the walls. Topher wants to paint it a colour but I’m not so sure. The kitchen counters and cupboards don’t really allow for much craziness. I think we’ll just paint it white but if we do include some colour then it will just be in the kitchen nook area of the room. Luckily the room gets a shit load of light during the summer – seriously it’s like a greenhouse in there. Perfect for drying clothes! So we can get away with a bit of colour maybe. We shall see. My first priority is the living room.

 

Master Bedroom

The main thing I have to do in this room is paint it. The question is, what colour? Topher and I can’t decide and I’m not doing a thing until we do. It’s a small room so it can’t be anything too overpowering. I like the idea of darker colours but I think the room is too small. We could just paint it white but I don’t know. If you have any ideas – let me know! You can see what our bedroom looks like in the link below.

And those floating shelves? They did not work. Bad, bad decision. Our walls are just not strong enough to handle them. Topher’s went down straight away (cheers Pickles) and the one on my side is hanging by a thread. I’m afraid to put a cup of tea on it so it’s useless. I do still want shelves there but they need to have supports. So that’s what we’re going to do this year – get some proper shelves.

 

Other little things we have in the works

  • Need to continue our gallery wall on the landing – we’ve got a load of frames & prints ready to go, just need to get the hammer and nails out.
  • The guest room bed is super old and uncomfortable (sorry guests!) but luckily my parents are giving us their old (but newer than ours) guest bed. It’s a double so there will be more space in the guest room in future. The current one is a king. And we’ll be getting new bed side tables that match the rest of the room.
  • The garden is getting some TLC this summer.

What are your home decor plans for 2018?

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