Now you’ve got the house, how can you make it your dream home?
Well before I had my own home I was playing “house”. As soon as I learnt how to make a bed, I was onto it. Whipping those sheets and doona’s into uncreased submission, tidying up my room, arranging posters and pictures on the walls just so, and even bringing plants and objects to make things homely.
Strange for a 7 year old, but something that was just in me. As I moved into my own bedroom things ramped up a bit.
When I was 16 I went into a lighting store to choose a new pendant light that reflected the look I was going for at the time. I had plants, flowers in vases (didn’t everyone?!), and I adored having my own space that I could make my own.
Moving into my first apartment at the age of 21 was no different. Except that I had to actually BUY stuff and with most of my wages just covering rent and food I had to get creative. Op shops became my friend. Hand me down EVERYTHING was the go. I think these days you call it vintage?
Our houses that my husband and I have lived in have gradually improved over time. Our run down terrace in Darlinghurst was filled with wall to wall paintings that we did ourselves. That and IKEA stuff.
The next house had been beautifully renovated which made up for the fact that the contents were less than ideal.
Our first mortgage for our new house had some tacked on borrowings so we could FINALLY get some grown up stuff – new washing machines, couch until our move down to the country where we are very happily living the dream.
While the houses change, as do trends and tastes, some things are still the same today as they were when I was a little girl making my room my “castle”.
These are my fool proof methods for turning even a rundown old house into a home. Subtle lighting through lamps & candles will make any space seem warmer and more inviting.
Rugs on the floors divide spaces and can be changed according to seasons or tastes. They bring a colour scheme together and can be tied in with things like cushions. Never under cushion, and don’t be afraid to mix up patterns and textures.
Plants or flowers are essential. They bring some nature inside and will last longer than flowers PLUS there are some that can’t be killed (I’m looking in your direction Zanzibar Gem). Paintings – no matter how homemade – will make it seem like home. They can be magazine pictures, cards, postcards, kids drawings – anything arranged in any fashion that be changed on a whim, guaranteed to make the walls pop.
Of course it’s all about who is in your house that make it a home. People you love, or that make you happy. Wherever they are will be your home.
Guest Blogger Bio: Beth
Beth blogs daily at www.Baby-Mac.com. She believes in family. Good friends. Pork. Champagne. Long lunches. Sleeping without being woken by small children. Clean sheet day. Fresh flowers in her home. Open fires and sitting by them with drink in hand. Using her passport. Love, real proper, heart thumping love with her husband. Bad reality TV. The internet. Cooking. Eating. Changing her hairstyle. Often. She believes in reading, writing, watching and sharing. And putting it ALL out there.