How to make your house a home

What do we mean when we say home? Is it where the heart is, where we hide away, a place for nurturing and caring, a haven, a reflection of who we are? So many questions, but the answer is always ‘yes’.

Turning a house into a home, on a practical level, is all about filling it with things that make us feel happy, relaxed and comfortable. We all have our own personal style, we have strong opinions about what we like and dislike, but ultimately, behind closed doors, we crave comfort first, style second.

That’s why, when turning a house into a home, it is essential to focus on the comfort aspects of the surroundings. Are the beds, chairs and sofas all gloriously comfortable and perfect to sink into after a long day in the outside world? The ideal living room is one which looks fabulous, feels cosy and comfortable and functions well. Half the battle is in finding the best seating and nothing beats a corner sofa for somewhere to stretch out and relax in style.

Personalising a home is so easy to do, but many shy away from it, fearing they will get it wrong. Be bold and put a personal stamp on the interior. Family photographs, wall art, personal collections, plants and cut flowers, all make a home feel lived in and vibrant. Found objects, such as driftwood or interesting stones and shells can be displayed to great effect and serve as reminders of special days. Using heirlooms or antiques and bric-a-brac to individualise a space can be very effective, as the ornaments or items chosen are rarely mass market and have a unique quirky charm.

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Photos via: Bolig

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