Turning A House Into A Home: Caring For Your Space
My husband and I have owned two houses in our time together as a married couple. It took a second house and almost 3 years in said house for me to finally figure out what makes a house seem like a lived in home.
The answer it turns out is to not leave your walls blank.
When we first moved into our current home, it was the beginning of a busy summer. I was involved in a theater production and we had lots of trips out of town planned.
So we did not have much time to really make our house OUR house.
Then the following fall, when I was pregnant with our son, it suddenly became a priority to make our house more of a home. We started small with the addition of curtains and area rugs. Then we progressed to painting the nursery.
After my son was born we suddenly had tons of pictures we wanted to show off of our family. We then added nice frames, and shelves to our walls. After we realized how much better our home looked, we started purposely looking for pictures or signs to hang. We found some very Austin pictures, as well as making our own signs and viola our house looked even better.
Nowadays, my house may be messier than it ever was before I had a kid, but you know what? The toys and train table strewn across the living room really add to the “lived in” feeling. Also going all out with decorations for the season really helped.
So my advice mamas? Start small. Start with decorating walls and see where it takes you.