what makes a house a home…

What makes a house a home? How is it that some places can feel like “home” right away, but some just never feel like they’re really yours? Each house has a personality, and it can make a big difference in how your home feels to you. Start by looking at your space. Is it quirky? Homey? Old fashioned? What does the style say? A beach cottage is very different from a mountain cabin. Even different neighborhoods can have distinct personalities. Understanding they style of your space is the first step to making it your own. Whether you’ve just moved in, or you’re struggling to put your personal stamp on a place you’ve been for a while, all it takes is a little thought, creativity, and finding the right blend of décor to make your house into your home.

  • Try arranging and rearranging the furniture. Try different layouts, or even different rooms, to see what works best for you.
  • Put your personal stamp on everything you can. Repaint, put down area rugs you love, cook your favorite meal, burn scented candles that make you happy.
  • Hang things on the walls. Yes, even if you’re renting—small holes are easy to fix. Put up some favorite artwork. Art is a fast way to make a space feel like home.
  • While you’re hanging things, grab some of your best photos of family and places you’ve been, put them in picture frames, then display them.
  • Your home should not look like a cookie-cutter designer showcase. Make sure to include some personal items in your décor—mementoes of things you’ve done and places you’ve been.
  • The best way to make a house feel like your home? Entertain! Make new memories in your space—have friends over for dinner, host a movie night, hold a barbecue.

With a little time and effort, you can transform a space from just a house into a real home that’s personal and perfect for you and your family.

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