Making a House a Home

by Erika Osurman
Making a House a Home

When my husband and I purchased our home, the first thing we did was repaint some walls, install shelves, and put up artwork. We got the whole living room put together within just a couple days because it was so important for us to have a comfortable, beautiful space to spend time together. During that time of our lives, we both worked full time and my husband was a full-time student as well - so we didn’t have a lot of time together. And when we were home, we really wanted to feel at home. Flash forward and in our past two homes (rentals) we haven’t had much disposable income for decorating - and I have to admit it really makes a difference! It has reminded me of how much our physical surroundings both affect us and reflect how we are already feeling. We’ve committed to one small home project with each paycheck for the next little while in hopes to add some plants and artwork to make our current apartment feel the way we’d like our life to feel. Making your house a home - a refuge, a paradise, a place of peace and rest is so important to give us the mental and physical space to rest and be at our best. Below are our simple tips for making your house feel more like home.

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Nostalgia
Using items from childhood/family members to add a personal touch and to bring loving memories into you home. Make prints of some of your favorite photos on your phone and find a special spot for images of your loved ones. 

Thrift/Shop second-hand
You don’t need a fully decked out house for it to feel like home - and you don’t have to do it all at once. Slowly collect pieces at thrift stores or from online marketplaces. When we moved into our latest apartment, we really didn’t have much of a budget for furniture - so we got creative and found our coffee table, dining table, and chairs all from Facebook Marketplace. We found a local public auction and found coffee tables and a desk there for only a few dollars. Are they are dream items? No, but they’ll do for now and we’re happy to have a place to sit and eat. Start with the basics/spend your money on what matters most to you. Is that an incredible mattress? A beautiful couch? A large table? A soft rug?  

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DIY
Visit a craft store or upgrade a thrifted item to get the look you’re going for to save some money and reuse existing items instead of contributing to mass consumption. There are so many incredible DIY blogs - you might be surprised at how easily you can recreate one of your favorite looks. Before beginning a project - do your research. Making missteps or misjudging the extent of your project could lead to spending a lot more and wasting materials.

Experiment
It takes time to find personal style and you change over time too, so don’t be too afraid to experiment. A good rule of thumb is to stick to more timeless style for larger pieces but bring in your personality with small details. For example, you might go for a safer pick for a couch, but take a risk on a beautiful statement throw blanket. That small blanket can help tie in colors in the entire room and change the entire vibe. If you’re needing a change or something isn’t working quite right, try rearranging furniture or changing rooms to keep things feeling fresh. 

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Making your house a home is really all about making it your own - pieces of who you’ve been, who you are, who you aspire to be. An environment where you feel relaxed, feel free. For inspiration check out YIREH Home and our Pinterest boards.

What’s your favorite piece in your home that makes the space really feel like you? And to help you bring some more mindfulness into your home, check out our Designer's Guide to Mindful Living below!

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