Those Extra Details That Make a House Feel Like Home…
Whenever I show off my home on my Instagram, the one lovely compliment I get is how much you lovely lot like how I style my home. It’s taken me a while, but I believe I’ve got my design skills to a lovely where I can style a space to feel lived-in. Now lived-in is not to be mistaken for cluttered. Rather, it’s that extra layer of styling that gives a home some character, some personality. It’s the magic that pulls everything together and makes a house a home.
Now, one thing to remember is, it’s more than just fluffing some pillows and stacking some books (but that does help). It’s the way you add things and style a space to feel lived-in. Not a show home, but a functioning place where a family lives. Here are my top tips on styling a home to make it feel more lived-in…
ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES.
You want to tell the story of you in your home. You want people to walk in and now who’s home they are in and what they are all about. So along with those needed decorative items, you want to incorporate some personal touches. Adding picture frames with personal photos, items you’ve collected on trips. Even my good old trusty coffee table books tip, books that express your interest are a great way of adding some personality to your home.
You want you home to give hints to visitors as to who you are, inviting more questions for you to elaborate on.
MERGING FORM WITH FUNCTION.
A space that works well and is easy to move around will always look lived-in and homely. When designing your home you want to ensure your functional objects also look gorgeous. I love things like trays on your coffee table to organise things or the catch-all dish on your console table in your entryway. Adding these decorative layers of function in your home will bring dimension and points of interest for your eye to dart to.
BRING IN TIME-WORN CHARACTER.
Colour me impressed, but I’m a girl who never thought I’d ever really love vintage items. However, I’m completely converted! It’s that final piece that makes homes feel more lived-in. Whilst it might be tempting to get all new things for your fabulous home, you want to consider some vintage pieces. That bit of character that brings warmth like nothing else. Something to tell a story.
You want things with a little interest, texture, something that gives that object a quirk. I love things that aren’t straight, a few wonks. Things like faded vintage rugs, living wood benches. Things that you know your eyes are always going to dark to and visitors will always ask questions about.
SHOP MY HOME.