Making a house feel like a home

Making a house feel like a home

As I’m getting older – I find myself getting more excited about my mug collection & home décor than shopping for new clothing – although I do still enjoy the occasional shopping spree!  I found moving into my own house an emotional experience, I’m very close to my parents & family and was the last child to fly the nest, and was so upset to leave my family home – the only home I’ve ever lived in with my kind and caring mam and dad, I’m getting emotional talking/writing about this!  I moved out of the city and up into the Valleys so it wasn’t just around the corner – my house is a 40 minute drive to my parents or two buses away.

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Ok, so we bought our house and for the first six months we couldn’t live in it, it’s an old house with lots of character and lots of issues to resolve!!  But that’s what we wanted I’m really not into the new build houses the look of them doesn’t appeal to my taste or style.  When we finally did move in I can remember I cried every night for id say the first month of living there!  We had no curtains, all my nice pretty things were still in boxes because the decorating was still on going – and in all honesty I missed my parents.
It’s 2 years on and although some rooms are still being decorated (buying and renovating is EX-SPEN-SIVE!!) I am settled and happy in my very own home!  I want to share some of the things I think – that turn a house into a home.

Candles & Flowers
For most people, women in particular – this is a no brainer.  Walking into a room and getting a waft of a gorgeous candle is so satisfying, during winter having ginger bread or fresh pine running through the house or during summer smelling clean cotton and floral bouquets as you potter about, it cheers me up and makes me feel comfortable.  I have scent’s that remind me of people, places, moments – so to smell them in my house helps me relax and really feel at home.  Flowers – particularly in the dining room they just brighten the whole place up! Im quite picky with which blooms i like in the house, but i think its a real personal touch to add, and will make you happy in your home when you get the right bunch in a pretty vase.

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Photos
I have photos in gorgeous frames throughout my house, friends framed in the living room, family hanging throughout the hallway and places I love pride of place in our dining room.  I have photos framed of myself, Rhys & coco mainly in our bedroom as I think they are quite personal.  If I’m feeling down it’s a lovely thing to do, look over at all them smiling faces of people who love me, it adds a personal touch to the house, and this can be as inexpensive as you want, places like Amazon, Dunelm, eBay – even supermarkets sell great frames.  There’s an app that’s free to download and they will deliver 45 6×4 photo prints free per month – all you have to do is pay the postage.

App: Freeprints
Site: www.oddprints.com – for unusual size prints

Music
Music makes everything great – in my opinion.  It could fill an empty room, If I’m feeling blue all I need to do is listen to a playlist of all my favourite songs and I could feel at home pretty much anywhere!  Having a radio to listen to while you’re doing the house work is an instant feel good and just generally lifts my spirit.

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Animals
This isn’t for everyone but, having a pet is the best thing in the world! When I moved out of my parents house, my little fur baby Coco came with me.  My whole heart belongs to her and I couldn’t think about not having her in the house with me.  Having a dog means I never feel lonely – she knows when I’m down and will happily cwtch up on the sofa with me.  She brings so much love and happiness to my home.

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Socialize in the house
Throw a house-warming party, have all your loved ones round to show off all the hard work you’ve put into the house! I love having friends and family over for lunch or drinks, it keeps me grounded and feeling lucky.  Having my family over – mam & dad in particular for quality time together is one of my favourite things, i wish it happened more often but when they visit, my home feels warmer.

Comfort food
I’m a feeder! I love to bake and I love to eat – although I’m on the slimming world diet at the moment trying to get back to the weight I was before I met Rhys!! (He’s a foodie too!)  Having nice food in the house is so so comforting – whipping up a traditional Sunday lunch is my favourite! But having yummy snacks to chow down on with a great movie and the duvet down onto the sofa is enough to make me feel at home.  The smell of fresh-baked treats wafting through the house is really welcoming and makes me feel all cosy.

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So my advice to anyone that’s moved into their own home or is struggling to settle – is to express yourself in your decor, surround yourself with smells and sounds that comfort you, and invite your loved ones over as much as possible.  I have been in my home for 2 years now and we still have lots of work to do on it but the rooms we have finished I adore, it really is becoming my dream home.

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10 Comments

  1. September 20, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Lovely post! I’m really struggling feeling at home at my new place. Feels like a cold hotel…

    • September 20, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      It comes with time – feeling at home in your home! have you been living there long?

      • September 21, 2016 / 7:53 pm

        Truthfully no but I get really nervous that I’ll never feel at home

  2. September 21, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Your dog is so cute!
    I recently moved back in with my mam and dad after being at uni for 3 years so I’m the opposite!
    Lovely post, well done! X

  3. September 22, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    I loved getting a little glimpse into your life! What a beautiful home and what great tips on how to create a more relaxing, cozy environment. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    • September 22, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you! That’s lovely feedback, I really enjoyed writing this. 🙂

  4. September 23, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Ahhh you use the word cwtch!! I used this all the time in uni when the girls and I had cwtches! I need candles when I move out it’s a no brainer!

    • September 23, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      I think it’s Welsh people’s favourite word 🙂 and candles are 100% a must! X

  5. October 1, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Hi Jade,
    That’s a lovely post and I totally agree with you, making a house a home takes some time. I hope you’ll show us how everything looks when you settled in all the rooms. I love home updates and how people arrange their homes. So so inspiring. And YES flowers and art / photos are a must for me too.
    Much love, Ilka x

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