Saturday, October 19, 2013

Turning your house into a home



As winter weather quickly approaches, and Christmas creeps ever closer, now is an excellent time to make your house feel more homely. Living with Noah’s family is great, but as soon as we have our own home in Mississippi I’ll be looking to create a cozy and welcoming place. 

Here's my plan for how to do that…

Rugs

As living with Emma Ramey has proven, wooden and tiled floors are definitely the most practical option when you have children.  It's so easy to mop up a quick spill!  However, hardwearing flooring like this can often leave your room feeling cold as they lacking the inviting warmth that comes with a carpet.

A rug is a simple way to inject color, style and warmth into any room, and also keep bare feet toasty in the colder months.  If you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for a brightly patterned rug to really make a statement? Or, if you looking for a touch of luxury, how about a richly coloured shaggy rug? ScS do a great range of luxurious rugs, even stocking a shimmery one! Available in a variety of colors, the sparkly rug has lots of light reflecting fibers that will add a touch of glamour to any room.

Lighting

Lighting is key to making your house a home. Scented candles are a great way to add natural lighting at night.  The soft lighting makes the room feel cozy, not to mention that the scent makes the house smell amazing. I love the smell of the gingerbread Yankee Candle, which will give any home a festive touch. 

When searching for my perfect home, I’ll be looking for floor plans that feature big open windows that let in lots of light. Some people make the mistake of dressing these windows with dark, heavy drapes that can mask the room’s natural light. Instead, use light colored curtains or blinds to make the most of them, making your room feel fresh, light and airy.

Personal touches

Even with the best rugs and lighting in world, without the little personal touches, your house will be lacking those little things that transforms it into a home.

A show home may be preferable when viewing a house, but living in one can feel a little empty. A simple and easy way to make your house feel like a home is by hanging photos of your nearest and dearest. Choose photos that make you smile and remind you of happy days out or special events, as these will inject life into your household.

For an added touch, go for quirky photo frames like this gorgeous vintage looking one from Ikea. Leaving the same-old wooden frames behind will make your home more unique and interesting!

What ideas do you have for making a house a home?

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