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Making a House a Home


We finally have the keys and have started moving stuff over to the new house ready for moving day which is next Monday. At the moment it is very plain jane and doesn't feel like home. I know it will feel more like home when we move the rest of the stuff over next week and we can finally get settled in then. Now brings the task of making our house home, our home. I have no idea what decor to choose and what coloured furnishings to buy yet. As you can see our living room is cream, so I'm not too sure what decor will match. 

We actually had a surprise when we visited the house after signing for the keys, the landlord had very kindly painted the whole house for us! Saving me a lot of time which was fantastic. Even though I had already bought the paint to paint it all white I am very grateful. The whole house is now cream, so I have no idea what colour to do Amelia's Nursery as it was previously lilac and white and her new furniture is white.
Her cot right now is a dark brown and the rest of the furniture is white, however we will be buying a white toddler bed for her when she is ready so I'm not too sure what we will be doing. I am thinking of painting it back to the way it is now and having it like above. The wardrobe will last her for years to come as well as the chest of drawers. Click here for more children's furniture choices.

I love the feel of a new home, the freshly painted walls, the cleanliness, deciding where to put this and that and debating over what buy. You can make your house a home too and it doesn't have to cost a bomb! The whole idea is to personalise the space that you live in. Whether you have just moved in or are sprucing a house you already live in, just add a little of yourself into the space. Home should be inviting and looked lived in. 

Here are just some of the ways that you too can make your house a home:

1. Add some colour You don't need to paint the walls to incorporate some colour into a room. Think pillows, throws and curtains. These will make all the difference and completely transform a room.

2. Flaunt your photographs I think that photographs really make a house a home. Photographs tell the story of your family. These don't have to only be professional ones, buy some cheap frames and show off some of your favourite photos.

3. Lighting A little light goes a long way. Lighting can change the way a room looks. Candles can create memories by making occasions special. It's a good idea to keep a few in the cupboard and also scatter a few around the house. I love lighting a few candles, especially in the winter it gives the room a more homely feel to it. 

4. Organisation A little organisation goes a long way. Perhaps a bookshelf, a shoe rack or even a hallway seat. Having somewhere to keep things tidy is always great even though they may be cluttered you can always hide them away too. 

What makes your house your home?

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80 comments

  1. I have a few of my children's paintings they've painted at school, hung up in the kitchen, I find they really do make my house a home. I love my kids art work :) (I've even framed a couple of my faves!)

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  2. So exciting that you are moving into a new home! All our walls are cream too but each room has got it's own character. The living room has a lot of red and orange accents making it quite a cosy warm room, the bedroom has got browns and teals and the kids bedrooms have blue's an pinks. It's amazing what a difference some cushions, bed linen, curtains and decorative items can make. Hope you fun making your house a home.

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  3. I personally love white walls as then you can accessorize with lots of colour. Art and photos on the wall make a huge difference too.

    Good luck with the move - exciting times :)

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  4. Congratulations on the house move lovely! I love photo frames in my house. They are everywhere! All over the walls, windowsills, wherever there is space! To me filling my house with our family makes it a home!x

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  5. Congrats on your new house! So exciting, it looks lovely. We're relocating in October, so I've been busy looking on lots of interior sites and Pinterest for decor inspiration. So glad I found your blog, it's nice to read about other young families :) xx

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  6. Kerry, I love the house, it looks so homely. Congrats on your house move, I hope you'll be really happy there.
    Can't believe you'd be able to paint the walls with renting? That's pretty cool!
    xxx

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  7. Some great choices! It looks like a lovely house :) Love how you write about everything to do with parenting and the home, really keeps me inspired xx

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  8. wish my house looked as good!!

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  9. I can't wait to move home. I'll be taking some of your tips with me

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  10. We've been renting for the last 3 years, so my house doesn't feel like home :( The house is lovely (big and in the country) and the landlady is fab and I could change things if I wanted, so I shouldn't complain. But I can't wait to get my own little space so I can personalise it with my pictures and paintings.

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  11. Your room looks nice, my front room is very similar. I have green things cushions, vases, art work etc. to add a splash of colour and when I get feed up I can just swap them with a different colour without having to redecorate.

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  12. photos and pretty smelling candles :)

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  13. The room will be lovely! Wish I could motivate myself a bit more to do something about our house :s

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  14. I love a splash of colour. I feel it reflects my personality. I also love putting all my boys pictures up.

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  15. I love how you have decorated! Looks lovely :)

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  16. Well done on the new house and i bet it looks amazing :)

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  17. Moving house can be exciting and tiring. I tend to like the idea of neutral coloured walls, as it means you can have colours in soft furnishings. Also easy when it comes to updating as most colours of soft furnishing suitable.

    Rachel Craig

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  18. congrats on your new move!!
    I like to have as many photographs on my wall and books out-
    i rent so i can't really decorate too much, but it does make all the difference x

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  19. congrts on move great competitions

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  20. Everything looks beautiful

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  21. great styles, I love minimal, and would love to not be cluttered

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  22. Love moving into a new home and how fresh it feels free of clutter, congratulations and hope its a happy place for you

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  23. Beautiful! Congratulations on your new home.

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  24. How exciting moving into a new home. We paint everywhere antique white and then use cushions etc as accents. I like painting up furniture too - bright colours is what I want now.

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  25. your new house looks amazing I hope you will be very happy there

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  26. Love these ideas. Hope it all comes together for you xx

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  27. The lilac and white nursery sounds lovely!

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  28. This is really inspirational.

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  29. good luck with the move.The room is lovely :)

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  30. I have lots of family photo's old and new on my walls to remind us of the people we love :)

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  31. Some great tips and your house is beautiful. I love a few soft furnishings to make the house feel like home - rugs, throws and cushions are my fave homely items. x

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  32. Lots of family photos and a few individual, quirky ornaments :0)

    Laura H

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  33. I think, simply moving in, makes a house very much a home. It then grows around you with the family.

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  34. my house is a home because it is welcoming.. I like it clean and tidy but not to the point where people feel they dare not touch anything or sit comfortably :)

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  35. so beautiful, wish i had more of styling & colours :)

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  36. what lovely bedroom furniture, my daughter is choosing new furniture for her room, so I will show her these pictures, as white furniture is her theme :-)

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  37. Looks so nice and pristine.

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  38. Looking fab so far, it takes time to make a house a home and put your own stamp on it. I moved into my bungalow in March and so far we have finished 2 room, almost finished kitchen and hall is galf way lol

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  39. Lovely house x

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  40. Some fab tips with the lighting and pictures. Hope you are all settled into your house soon x

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  41. I love lots of photos in a house that always makes me feel at home in a new place x

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  42. Pam Francis Gregory10 September 2013 at 10:00

    Moving is always so much fun, particularly if you have a blank canvas to work on!

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  43. congrats on the house move what makes my house a home is because i use things in my home that represent me :)

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  44. Photos and keepsakes that our kids have given us over the year makes our house a home

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  45. a must on the photos :) nothing says home like family

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  46. Annie Costa @LaaMoii12 September 2013 at 11:26

    Some great tips here,thanks for sharing.I totally agree that photos make the house a home! x

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  47. Ah the oh so important issue of lighting is so often overlooked, it really does make a house a home

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  48. I love the white! You've sold it to me very well!

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  49. I'll be keeping an eye on what you decide to do. Hoping to move soon & will need some inspiration. Our boy's nursery is 3 cream walls and one a nice green which will be the same when we move :)

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  50. you have a beautiful home,photos of my family makes it my home

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  51. That lampshade is AWSOME!

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  52. Wow. Would love decorating that house.

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  53. I think all our clutter makes our house our home. Without it, it could be anyone's place.

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  54. What makes our house our home is all the things you either look at or lift and which trigger family memories.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  55. I've just redecorated my home this summer. Loved choosing colours and putting it together the way I like.

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  56. Wow it looks absolutely gorgeous, I love your new house

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  57. Looks amazing if only I could get my house to look half as decent :)

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  58. Would love to win the brown one

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  59. Lovely new house. Bum a bit jealous. I live in a renovation project - it's not pretty!

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  60. The new house looks amazing. I love how light and open it is!

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  61. Your Home looks lovely!I Think New plump Cushions and a nice warm throw on the couch make a house a home,Plus Every house should have a cat or two curled up in front of the fire!!Good luck in your new home X

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  62. Congratulations, it looks wonderful.

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  63. Appreciate it regarding share.......... I really hope inside long term it'll be truly great for you......

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