10 Items That Make a House a Home
There is definitely a difference between a house and a home. A house (or apartment or condo) is just a structure put together with brick, steel, and wood, but a home is a place where you live your life, raise your children, and create memories with friends and family. If your space if feeling a little cold and impersonal, incorporating the below items will take your abode from merely functional to wholly personal.
Whether it’s a group of vintage pottery you’ve been amassing for years or the vintage desk accessories you came across in your parent’s attic, working on a collection and displaying it at home is a personal way to enhance your décor and tell your story.
Living, breathing plants are a must when looking to create a cozy and lived-in space. Even small potted herbs on a windowsill or a bud vase of flowers on a nightstand will create a welcoming vibe, no towering indoor tree required.
Artwork that speaks to you and brings you joy always has a place in your home. Even if you are the only one who “gets” or appreciates it, display photographs, sculpture, and paintings that you relate to and want to be surrounded by, not just something that works with your color scheme or is the right size for the wall.
You may not have inherited the ceramic statues you always admired on your grandparents' mantle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a similar piece that evokes those same warm and cherished memories. Secure some favorite vintage items or accessories that recall classic pieces from your youth, and display them prominently. You may have only lived in your apartment for a few months, but favorite pieces you’ve long admired will make your new place feel like home.
Comfort is key when at home so be sure your space has plenty of warm, soft textiles to make it a welcoming place to come home to. Knit throws and fuzzy pillows are a surefire way to craft an inviting space.
Candles, whether scented and displayed on a console or prominently placed on your dining room table, add another layer of cozy warmth to your abode. Additionally, their flattering glow will make your surroundings feel friendly and welcoming.
Whether you display your favorite novels or start a collection of tomes you’d like to dive into, make sure you have plenty of books at home. Not only do they reveal your passions, but they also add color, texture, and interest to your décor.
Framed photos of you and your loved ones is a no-brainer when it comes to creating a unique environment. Enlarge images and display them on the wall or cluster some classic shots in chic frames and place on bookshelves, nightstands, consoles, and even kitchen counters. They will give each space in your home some personal meaning.
Utilizing a variety of light sources and mixing their intensity will literally cast a warm glow over your space. If your single floor lamp doesn’t seem to be cutting it, consider hanging some plug-in sconces, or balancing it with an additional table lamp to create a cozier, more homey feeling.
Every home—from sprawling estates to big-city studios—should have a space (whether a room or just a corner) that feels peaceful and serene, a getaway from life’s daily stressors. Create a relaxing reading corner or section off an area of your bedroom where clutter is minimal, the colors are neutral, and the textures soft.