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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Getting your Home Cozy for Winter with Direct Blinds

Whenever I thought of shutters in the past, what always came to mind was either rustic English cottages or the cobbled streets of small European towns lined with shuttered windows. If that’s what you thought too then read on, I’m about to change your mind.

When we bought and moved into our first house together back in March 2016, Topher and I were relieved to find that the previous owners had left blinds on all the windows in the house. One less job for us to deal with (and pay for) right away! Now that we’ve been in here almost two years however, the plain windows feel a little, well, plain! You definitely can’t describe them as cozy!

One way to get your house cozy is to invest in some window to floor curtains. Unfortunately for us that was never an option as our cats love to climb them! So what’s another way to make your windows help your home feel more cozy? Enter Direct Blinds and their wooden shutters.

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I never thought that shutters could look both contemporary and rustic at the same time but Direct Blinds have made it possible. The muted colours are ideal for fitting into any colour scheme, whether you’re a fan of all the colours or prefer a more neutral palette. They also come in both full height and cafe style if you want to let a little light in.

And they’re not just for winter – shutters are ideal for keeping the light out on those bright weekend mornings where you really don’t fancy being woken up at 5am. Or if you have kids and want them in bed at a decent time!

But back to winter (how cold is it by the way? I’m sitting in my dressing gown over my clothes as I write this!) – shutters allow you to forget that it’s dark outside at 4pm. And I’m all for that. If you find yourself getting a bit down about the lack of sunlight, creating a cozy haven in your home can be a great way to cheer yourself up.

A bit of cozy inspiration for you:

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Other ways to get your house cozy for winter:

  • Fairy lights (a bloggers best friend)
  • All of the throws and blankets
  • Light a fire if you have one
  • If you don’t have a fire, light some candles instead (and be safe!)
  • Bake something or make mulled wine on the stove – the heat and smells will make everything better.

Having a look at Direct Blinds‘ website has really changed my mind about shutters. How about you?

Post in collaboration with Direct Blinds. All words and opinions are my own.

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Upgrading The Aesthetic Of Your Home Benefits You More Than You Think

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We all love our homes. But how often do we adapt them to suit our current tastes? We might find ourselves to be the type of person who often changes what we want and what we enjoy quite often, meaning that a large investment in a complete redecoration can seem financially unfeasible compared to how often you feel accustomed to changing it. Not only that, but the effort we must go to for a complete makeover can be a demotivating factor in itself.

Upgrading the aesthetic of your home benefits you more than you think however. This is worthy of examination, especially if you haven’t taken the plunge for some time. Not only does redecorating help you feel fresh and new in your home, but an updated space helps lend you fresh perspective on your living environment and as such your living tastes. We are connected with our environment more than we realise from day-to-day, so it’s important to treat it with the same respect we do our bodies. Not only can upgrading a room help you gain a new lease on life, but it may help you feel more motivated to upgrade the other variables in your living situation to more profoundly suit you.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

New Colours

You’d be surprised at how different a room can look with a new fresh paint, or new furniture set all themed around a select look. It may help the light play in the room in a much more attractive way, to such an extent that the room seems bigger. Even in the depths of winter where you hope to stay cosy and warm, light colours can help a room flourish. Not only this, but colours have proven to provoke emotions when we’re exposed to them, meaning spending plenty of time in a drab and dark environment can make you feel the same way. Consider a new lick of paint, it might just work the wonders you crave.

 

Start Small

No one ever said that redecorating a room should be undertaken all at once. The beauty of home decoration is that it can proceed at your own pace, the pace you are most comfortable with. Starting small such as purchasing a white gloss extending dining table, a new leather sofa, or a large mirror to help double the size of your room from a perspective standpoint can all be large and worthwhile additions that don’t break the bank to begin with. Implementing these new features can help you think along the lines of future improvement. You never know, one item may help click into place the aesthetic you were unsure about going for in the first instance. It’s always worth a try.

 

Sell Unnecessary Items

Everyone has plenty of junk around the house, and just like mental cobwebs, these can become stifling and oppressive. Never be afraid to throw out or sell old items to fund your new redecoration. Doing so can help you shed years of fatigue from your home and mind. See, not all decoration is simple home improvement. Cleaning yourself out this way can help you ‘reset,’ much like a spring clean does. You’ll also be growing a handy reserve of funding that gives you the opportunity to upgrade further.

 

With these tips, you’re sure to experience a resurgence in your home life and general energy.

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The Kitchen Nook Gallery Wall

So I was at odds today on what I should write about. I didn’t really think I had anything to say. But I remembered that I never showed you the beginnings of my gallery wall in the kitchen. It’s similar to the idea of the gallery wall I have on the landing but it’s more niche. I thought about waiting until we’ve painted to hang things but it’s going to be at least a year or two so we may as well enjoy the prints until then. This is just in the nook where we eat in the kitchen. Technically it’s a kitchen diner but I don’t think it’s big enough to call it that. So a nook it is.

Every print is going to be food related. Topher and I love a good pun and we’ve been collecting them for a year or two now. So far, all but two of them are from the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription I had last year. And I’ve actually got a few more though they’re proving more difficult to find frames for due to their odd shapes. The other two are from Paperchase.

A small tip for you by the way. Kids, always check the back of the picture frames when you purchase them from a pound shop. As it turned out, the three white ones (and also some that are on the landing) are not meant to be hung on the wall. They’re just for standing so there’s nowhere for them to hang on a nail – the back is completely flat. Oops.

That was easily fixed though. With the help of my trusty glue gun and some string, I made some DIY hangers so that there was something for a nail to catch onto. That and I removed the stands from the back so they would hang flat against the wall. Sorted.

So far we have the following:

Clockwise from left (the middle one is last):

  • I am a Unicorn (from Paperchase)
  • Let’s Taco ‘Bout It
  • You’re kind of a big dill
  • Complex Carbohydrates (literally a bunch of potatoes, bread etc saying stuff like What is my purpose? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life?) – from Paperchase
  • But first, coffee
  • Coffee cup surrounded by sayings like “I have a latte feelings” and “Words cannot espresso.
  • You are the pumpkin spice to my latte

They all make me smile every time I look at them.

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