The things in a home tell a story of where you’ve been and what you love. There are four key elements that help you turn your house into a home. Your home should feel safe, it should be a place you love and enjoy living, it should reflect who you are, and it should tell your story.
You have to admit that when visiting a long time acquaintances home for the first time, you finally get a complete picture of who they are. You can tell more about them by the things you see in their home then you ever could talking to them for hours.
When you choose the things that go on your wall or on your shelves you are creating an instant portal to the place and time of a memory. These important pieces add character and hold their value- even if it’s only sentimental.
- A home is a place you should feel safe.
- A home should be a place you love and enjoy living in.
- A home should reflect who you are.
- A home should tell your story.
- A home is everything.
Some who are decoratively awkward have a hard time knowing just what to put in their home, but it’s really quite simple, put in things you love. If you love traveling, find a interesting old map to frame and hang, if you’re an avid traveler find a clever way to mark the places you’ve been. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your home. When you’re first starting on your journey you may not have a lot to put into your home. If you’re in your first place, or just getting married, you may not have those items that scream “personality” or, if you do, your spouse may not let them in the house. That’s ok and as time goes on, you’ll begin to build your collection. Passions change and memories grow so your home should always be growing and changing with you. A meaningful home takes time to create.
When you’re shopping at your favorite store in the home décor section remember to choose something that you really love, not what you think will “look nice.” Even if it’s just about the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen, but it appeals to you somehow, that piece will tell your story to your guests.
DIY pieces are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you have whatever you created it for, but you also have a piece to be proud of and allows you to have a hands on approach in creating your home.
Remember that this is your home, there are no rules to be followed in creating a space that you love to be in. At the end of the day it’s not the blogger, the decorating genius or Martha that has to sit in your living room, it’s you. Go scour the internet for suggestions and ideas, but remember to make it your own. Your home should be something you are proud of. A place you love to be.