For me it's having a place to come together as a family, whether it be somewhere to play, talk, eat dinner or build dens for the kids it's somewhere that we can call home. I love watching them snuggle on the sofa together whilst watching Frozen for the 100th time, tucking them up in bed at night and sitting together around the table to eat dinner as a family.
I think as I've got older and now have a family of my own, I love home even more. I'd love a home of our own some day, one where we can build a kitchen from scratch to make it more our own but for now our rented three bed town home will do. There are many things that you can do to make your house feel more like a home and here are some of the things that I like to do.
Add a fresh splash of paint
I always feel that by adding a fresh splash of paint to your walls can completely transform a room and make it feel more homely. If you're not feeling the colour of your walls at the moment, get down to your local supply store and pick up some paint colour cards to choose a colour which suits your taste.
Scatter lots of flowers and plants
You can make your home feel more homely by adding lots of flowers or plants, especially if you like in an apartment and don't have a garden to connect to the outdoors, they're a great way of bringing the outdoors inside! I like buying little succulents and artificial plants are they are so much easier to keep alive and always like to have a bunch of flowers in the vase by the window.
Buy some throws and cushions
If you're not allowed to paint the walls because you are renting then adding in colours in other ways are essential! Buy some throws and cushions for your living room or bedroom to add a pop of colour here and there and to give it a more cosy feeling. The great thing about this is that you can then change them around when you fancy a change of colour.
Add colour to your walls by hanging up photo frames
If your home is looking rather bare how about adding some colour to the walls and filling in the blank space with photos of your family? This could be with photo frames or you could create a collage of Instagram photos, hang photos on string or even buy a photo holder. There are so many ways you can make your house feel more like home with photos.
Experiment with lighting
Having the right lighting schemes can turn a drab space into an intimate and cosy one. I'd recommend having at least three different types of lighting sources in a room if you're wanting to create a homely feel. This could be a lamp on your side table for reading, a floor lamp in the corner of the room or behind the sofa or cotton ball string lights.
So, what makes your house a home?
British Gas recently invited us to work with them on their #noplacelikehome campaign to encourage everyone to share the things that make our house a home, what ever that may be to win some fantastic prizes which include, gift vouchers and hampers, a pet house and even a personal chef for your family worth up to £1000!
You can check out all of the prizes and T&Cs here.
To enter all you need to do is tweet @BritishGas using the hashtag #noplacelikehome mentioning what makes your house a home.
* In collaboration with British Gas. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.