Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Making Your House Your Home

One thing I've always wanted was to have a house that I saw as my own. I've had apartments and houses that I've rented, but I've never filled them with things that made me feel like I belong. Don't get me wrong though. I've never been the type of person that focused on material things to make me feel like I fit in or belong, but I do think it's important to not only fill your home with people you love, but to make it something that you always want to come home to.

As a single mother, it has been a little difficult to achieve this "home" feeling. I've definitely accomplished giving my son a home that he loves to return to, but that's more of the fact that I'm here. For me, I've always been a fan of artichectural magazines and interior design websites. I am determined to make a home that I absolutely love. I have always had this inspiration to make my home "lovely".

To accomplish this on my own "low" budget, I've learned how to shop correctly. I always search antique malls first. I have been able to purchase amazing pieces for pennies on the dollar (worth-wise). For clothes, consignment shops are the best. I have found amazing clothes for just a few dollars each. After all of this, I go to Meijer and Target for small furniture pieces like floor lamps and tables. For big pieces of furniture like beds and sofas, I try to buy brand new, but sometimes you can find amazing sofas on Craigslist or Ebay for great prices. Mattresses I would suggest to always buy brand new. For sofas, if you are planning on buying them used, I would advise getting them cleaned thoroughly. I would suggest My friend owns the company and he's been cleaning carpets and upholstery for his entire adult life. We're also extremely close and I trust him with my family.

As far as designing your home to make it beautiful, start with purchasing picture collage frames and fill them with your warmest memories. Try to integrate colors when purchasing art. If your blankets on your bed are teal and beige, try to find a piece of art with colors that compliment that and place it over your bed. Try to find colors and patterns to place in your home that make you feel warm, peaceful and calm. This I believe is most important because you want to come home and feel like you're in a safe and serene environment.

The only reason I wanted to address this issue is because I think this is so important. I'm not sure how important this is to others but I have so many ideas and it's hard to list them all in one blog so if anyone wants help organizing their home or designing their rooms, I'd be more than happy to help. If you have an idea of what kind of "feeling" you want your room to have, I'm good at that too. This is a passion of mine and would love to build a sort of "portfolio" of references so that one day I might be able to do this full time.

Just like one of my previous posts,Feeling A Bit Stabby Today, this is one of the things that I like to do for me. Cleaning, organizing and decorating are things that I love doing. Join me in this journey of self fulfillment and make your home and mind a place where you love being.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I just ... idk... let go of my desire for a house. I'd rather travel now.

    But! Cool insights nonetheless.