When you are a newly married couple, it is all too easy to get caught up in the future. Recently, I have been struggling with wanting to decorate and redesign the house we are currently renting. I want so badly to make it our home. It doesn’t help that HGTV is constantly playing in the background, causing my creative juices flow non-stop.
If I had it my way, we would have all new furniture and appliances, endless amounts of picture frames, and a fresh coat of paint all over the house. But such things are simply not feasible right now. I think the hardest part about being a newlywed is the desire to be established; to have a set income, a set location, and a home of your own. But such things take time and patience. And I will admit, patience seems even more difficult to foster at this point in my life. But I am working on it.
So for now, I am offering my 5 tips on how to make a house a home based on what I wish I could do:
I find that an instant way to make a house feel more like home is to put up photos. If I am honest, I have a slight obsession with photos and I am not ashamed of it. I love how a photo has the power to bottle up a memory, a certain feeling, and make it last a lifetime. Looking at a photo can take you back to a certain time or place, while connecting you to those people or things you love. Therefore, find photos that hold a special place in your heart and showcase them in your home.
Although it seems that nowadays candles are getting more and more expensive, I find that they are totally worth it! Candles automatically create a feeling of warmth and comfort. A home where you want to cuddle up on the couch, under a fuzzy blanket, with some home-made popcorn and watch a good rom-com (or since we are getting closer to that time of year, a Lifetime Christmas movie).
Pillows are a great way to fill and fluff-ify a space, while generating a cozy environment. Pillows are great decoration tools as they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. That means, whatever your style may be, there is a pillow to match it.
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked cookies?! In my opinion, nothing is more welcoming than the scent of something baking in the oven. The smell of something baking is like getting a hug from grandma…and if that doesn’t scream home then I don’t know what does. HGTV even notes that the way to a home-buyer’s heart is to leave out a tray of fresh baked cookies or brownies. And if HGTV says it, I believe it. So get creative, or stay traditional, and put that oven to use! Before you know it, your house will be filled with the invigorating aroma of baked goods, making if feel more and more like home.
It is hard to make a house a home without filling it with those you love. I strongly believe family is the most important thing we have on earth. Without them there is no home. Therefore, it is important to create an environment full of love, respect, and comfort. How do I define comfort you might ask? To me, comfort is defined as no-one judging me for peeing with the door open and the lights off. But to each their own.
With that said, I know the day will eventually arrive when it is time for me to create the home of my dreams. And I am sure that when that time comes, I am going to need some help. Buying your first home can be a daunting experience. Along with a new home may come a variety of additional tasks, including: purchasing additional furniture to fill the space, selecting new paint, updating the appliances, etc. Buying and styling a new home can be enough to send stress levels through the roof.
If you are in Georgia, Guy Gunter Home is a place I’ve found that can help in creating home of your dreams. They say, “your home is more than just a shelter from the elements. It’s the place you can seek refuge from a fast-paced, twenty-four-seven world. Home is where you find comfort, in the people and the passions you cherish.” Guy Gunter Home utilizes style of consultation that is very personal. Upon arrival, you are matched with an educated sales professional, who will ask you questions regarding your space, style and budget, listen to your answers, and find the best fit for your needs. They want you to feel as good about the process as you do about their quality products. At Guy Gunter Home, their main goal is to see you enjoy a life well-lived. And if that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will!
A fun fact about Guy Gunter Home: while on a business trip to Chicago in 1965, Guy Gunter stumbled across the very first lava lamps in the U.S. He ordered 100 of them on the spot. Soon, Guy Gunter Home became the sole distributor of lava lamps in the South.
Let me know some of your tips on how to make a house a home by commenting below. Or simply comment your thoughts below.
Thank you for reading 🙂