How to turn your new house into a home

If you’re moving this summer, one of the most exciting things to do is to finally turn your new house into a home! For most of us, creating a home is less about the building itself or its look, and more about the emotional connection and sense of comfort we are able to create in our living space.

For some inspiration, here are a few things that will help turn your house into a home.

1. Fresh-cut flowers

Don’t worry, this doesn’t require you to spend $50 at the florist every week. Gathering freshly-cut flowers from your garden is just as great. Hydrangeas, which are practically a weed in many areas, make for beautiful flower displays.

Or if you’re into growing herbs and plants, think about growing indoor plants to add that bit of nature and colour to your home.

2. The smell of good food

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked food flowing within your home. Whether it’s home-made bread, freshly baked biscuits, or a good old madeira cake. But if you’re not into baking, don’t stress. Placing vanilla essence in a burner is an easier way of giving your home a similar smell. And it definitely starts making your house smell like a home!

3. Books on your shelves

It’s always interesting browsing through other people’s book collections. It gives us a sense of what their personality and tastes are like - whether they’re into cookbooks, or fantasy book series. You may not want to clutter all your shelves with books, but having a few here and there is a great way to add a personal touch to your home.

4. Display personal items

There’s no need to clear away every proof of human existence in your house! Let people see a few things like your calendar, family photos, or to-do lists - anything that isn’t too personal. It gives visitors an insight into your life and makes them feel welcome in your home.

5. Funky artwork

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on artwork, but selecting a few nice ones to mount around the house adds colour, personality, and interest to your home. Framing your children’s artwork or simply buying cheap prints can work too.

6. The things you’ve collected

Love collecting rugs from all over the world, vintage plates from different eras, or old rock records? Think about displaying some of your prized collections somewhere in your home. It help tells the story of who you are, and where you’ve been in your life - and it makes for interesting decor.

Making your house into a home is all about creating a space that you feel comfortable and at ease in. It should be a sanctuary for you and your family. It should tell a story, express a person or family’s interests and make guests feel welcome inside.

What are some of your favourite ways to turn your house into a home?

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