We have lived in our house for the past nine years, but I would say it has only been in the last 2 years that it has really been transformed into our home. There is a distinct difference; it really feels like ours, every room reflecting our family and our life. In the past 2 years I have gone room by room, creating a vision for the space and sticking with it until each space felt completed. Notice I didn’t use the word done, because in my opinion a space is ever evolving. When I reflect back the key ingredients for the transformation from house to home centers around these ingredients:
Make it Kid Friendly
Home to me, is a place where kids can be kids and the furniture, design, organization and décor is built with this in mind. On any given Saturday there is probably a fort in my family room built with blankets, couch cushions, and chairs and it would be a rare day not to find legos on the floor after a long day of playing. We do have a playroom upstairs but I love that the kids play in the heart of the home as well. We have storage bins for toys on the bottom shelves of the built in bookcases, kids books that are reachable by the kids on the second bookcase shelf, and an entire console of shelving with wicker baskets filled with kid’s toys. We have virtually indestructible granite countertops and a slipcover couch so that all the cushion covers can be washed.
Add in Pieces of Family History
I love mixing new pieces of furniture and décor with family heirlooms to personalize a space. Throughout my house you will find black and white photos of my great grandparents, my daughter’s dresser that is over 200 years old and was also mine growing up, the family clock passed down for generations, and framed family trees on the walls to name a few of my favorite pieces.
Throughout my house you will find framed artwork from my kids. I generally select pieces with sentimental value that fit in nicely with the décor and are beautiful. For example one year, both of my daughters did a picture of Monet’s water lilies in art class. One of them did a typical depiction, and one did an abstract version and they were so phenomenal and went so well with my color scheme that I matted, framed and hung them in our family room.
You will find family photographs throughout our home. I typically try to do an outdoor shoot once a year to truly create beautiful photos to hang. This year we had our family photographs in a sunflower field. I love walking into a home and seeing family photographs, it makes the space seem cozy, loving, and inviting.
Put your Creative Stamp on It
Anytime I can make something myself for our home, or personalize an item I do. I have refinished furniture, made tons of wreaths, painted furniture, and stenciled initials on items. I feel like it is my way of putting love into our home, and I think it comes across that way to visitors as well.