Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Transforming a house into a home

Moving into a new house, whether it’s a rental or your own home, can be an excitingly experience. A beautiful house, with a freshly trimmed landscape and clutter-free rooms may be a great environment to come home to, however, even with these considerably good points, your new house may still not feel like home. 

Rather than following the model units or a previous owner’s floor plan and furniture layout, change things up. Make a commitment to ‘own’ your space.

A house is a physical environment that can provide basic necessities such as shelter and safety; whereas a home goes beyond the physical realm and touches a homeowner’s emotional side. A home is a place of refuge and a place to call your own. It takes some time and effort to settle into a new house and turn it into a home so take a cue from these ideas for transforming your house into a home.

Own your space

Rather than following the model units or a previous owner’s floor plan and furniture layout, change things up. Make a commitment to ‘own’ your space. Rearrange furniture in such a way that suits your lifestyle and don’t be afraid to add permanent fixtures either, particularly if you own your own property. If you're renting or have bought a pre-owned home, there still may be traces of the past homeowners such as pet paw prints or children’s drawings. Banish these with a fresh coat of paint. This will help create a clean slate and a fresh environment to build on. 

Get familiar with your neighborhood

Another aspect of a home is the surrounding neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and discover places you can hang out in. Exploring and familiarizing yourself with the surrounding areas of your home will help get rid of that ‘out of place’ feeling and give you a sense of home.

Bring out personal items

More than attractive home décor, a home is composed of personal collections and mementos. Display beloved collections such as books, toys or china. Framed pictures of loved ones and souvenirs from travels bear a connection with precious memories. Bring these out and display them proudly in your home as these can provide a wonderful sentimental connection to things you hold dear.


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