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Do you ever walk into your home and get that nagging feeling that, despite the fact you’ve lived there for three and a half years, it still doesn’t feel like you have completely moved into your home? There are still some things missing but you cannot quite put your finger on what.
It must be tiny because, well, you get that warm and fuzzy feeling in your belly when you walk through your front door, you feel comfy and cozy and everything else, but there is a teeny tiny bit of wiggle room to make things that little bit homier, that little bit more perfect.
Don’t worry. You are not alone. We all experience these moments. Actually, we all experience them more than we may care to admit, but that’s because our home’s are works in progress. They are things that we perfect over time. A space that adapts to who we are. Space’s that we learn how to dress and fill and make flawless.
With that in mind, we have pulled together a list of incredible bits and pieces that will transform your home into something so much better.
1. Coordinating Dinnerware Set
This is one of those things that warm your heart from the moment you open the cupboard to the minute you clear the dining table. There is something so wonderful and quaint and charming and cute about having a dinnerware set that matches. Plates, bowls, side dishes, cups and saucers, gravy jug and everything else that you could possibly imagine. Yes, it is a super grown-up thing to do, but that doesn’t mean your choice needs to be boring. You need to pick a set that pleases you and, who knows, maybe even celebrates your personality a little bit. Make sure you invest in a sixteen-piece set minimum. As an absolute minimum. Of course, the more the merrier. That’s how the saying goes, right?
2. Make Your Cookware Match
We all love cooking. It’s that chance to create something special for the family, for guests, for yourself, for whoever. But it can feel like a bit of a chore, which is why you need to battle back against this feeling. That could mean plugging into a cooking playlist on Spotify. (I’ve actually got a Spotify playlist on now!)
(Related post: Teaching Kids To Make Healthy Food Choices)
A simple investment in a matching cookware set will please your more than you could ever realize. You can imagine it now. You walk into your kitchen and the first thing you see is a full set of copper saucepans, with glass lids that actually fit, and a stockpot, and a couple of frying pans, as well as all the utensils you could ever need, from masher to ladle. You don’t need to go down the copper route, though. Any full set of matching cookware will give you this absurd happiness and help you make your home feel even more like a home.
3. You Need More Rugs
Rugs aren’t a new thing. They have been kicking about since well before Spinning Jenny’s were ever invented. At first, it was about keeping the warmth in, and now they are used to make home’s that little bit warmer and comfy and cozy. You may not have realized it until right now, but it could be the one thing your living spaces are missing – luxurious, thick, shag-pile rugs. Don’t leave it at though because there are plenty of ways you can use rugs to really rev up the cozy levels, starting with layering. Yup, putting rugs on top of rugs. It may sound insane at first listen, but it works wonders, especially if you lay a natural and neutral hand-woven rug down beside your bed and then drop a sheepskin one on top. You get an extra layer of coziness and fantastic look. The other thing you can do is break convention and put down rugs where you never thought to, like using a Persian rug in your bathroom. Not only will this add a little bit of something to an otherwise bare space, it will also mean you don’t wince every time you wake up to go to the bathroom and skip across the freezing-cold tiles.
4. Creative Seating Options
Yeah, sure, we all love curling up on the sofa, pulling the blanket up and under our chin, and watching whatever we haven’t yet seen on Netflix. However, your home will get that little bit of wow if you add some alternative seating options around the place. It could be something as simple as throwing an oversized bean bag with a microsuede cover into a corner of your kitchen or buying some velvet accent chairs to go around your dining room table. However, it could be that you get a little more hands-on and build a window seat to fit into your bay window, or a little reading nook under the stairs, or secure a hanging chair to the ceiling in your bedroom. Watching television is something we all do from time to time, but that’s because we want to get comfy. Change this up a bit and you’ll find yourself curling up with a book and a glass of red in no time and, let’s be honest, what could be more cliched and cozy than that?
5. Add A Few Antiques
Modern living is great. The open plan living spaces, the big insulated windows that let in natural light, contemporary furnishings, and sparkly appliances. It is all amazing. But it can also feel quite sterile and neat and tidy and not that homely. Not always, but sometimes. The best way to rectify this is to add some antiques (even if they are fakes). It will give your home that warm glow of yesteryear. It could be a brass standing floor light, those copper pots and pans we spoke of above, a chesterfield-style sofa, those old Hollywood-inspired tripod-spotlight-things or a well-worn kitchen table that celebrates the chipped paint look we love to call “country chic”. You’ll be gobsmacked at how amazing this can work in your favor, bringing a new layer of warmth to your home without eating into the modern-living you wanted to enjoy.
6. Hang Some Artwork
This is one of those investments that should never be overlooked. But not just the artwork itself, the way you present and hang it too. What we mean is, yes, gorgeous art from some super-talented artist will make a splash amongst your decor, but so will thick wooden frames. It could be that simple. It could be as simple as you taking a walk, snapping a few pictures on your iPhone, editing them to black and white, getting them printed and hanging them in mounted frames, especially if you create a gallery out of different sizes. It is one of the most simple yet effective ways to make a home feel that much homier.
Of course, you don’t have to go down the framed artwork route. You could get those wall decal stickers that seemed to be all the rage (like that gorgeous tree decal in the stairway of the Brown’s home in Paddington), or you could buy some wallpaper that depicts a beautiful image, like rays of sun bursting through the trees of a forest. It is simple and yet so incredibly wow. Yeah, that’s the only way to describe it, wow.
7. Upgrade Your Bed
Your bed is where you spend a third of your day, and so it kind of falls within the bell curve of “super important”. It is the thing you wake up in every morning and crash out on at the end of every day, so if it is a creaky old thing with springs poking out all over the shop then it is hardly going to make your home feel perfect.
That is why you need to upgrade your mattress. If you want to go the full hog and upgrade your bed, then do so, but the mattress is the important part. So, first things first, do your research and find out what matters in a mattress. Everyone has different preferences, but we can’t recommend a memory foam mattress enough. The support, the comfort, the being able to roll over without disturbing your bed-partner, oh the beauty. So, yeah, get yourself – or your kids if they are complaining – a new mattress (from a well-known seller) and enjoy the little things, like a great night’s sleep.
There are two sayings that everyone tends to nod their heads along to when spoken: There is no place like home and it’s the little things in life that make the biggest difference. That is why you need to combine the two and take your home into a whole new realm of homeliness. You won’t regret it, your kids will love it and your guests will start asking you what the secret is, which are these teeny-tiny little tips, of course. Nothing strenuous, just the little things.