what does it take to give a new home that personal feel?

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, then you will know that recently my family and I moved to a new home. Anyone who’s ever moved house knows just how strange it is moving into somewhere new. It’s all yours, and yet, it doesn’t always feel like that at first. Despite having a new place to call home, your old house still feels more like home, as such.

The good news is that making your new property feel more personal doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a case of making it look and feel more appealing to you and your family. To help you do that, below I thought I would share some ideas to inspire you.

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Get creative and don’t be afraid to dream big

Think of your new home as a blank canvas. There is no limit to what you can do with the space. So before you start doing this, that and the other, sit down and think about what you want it to be like. Draw up a plan of how you would like your new home to be, taking into account the time and budget that you have to transform it. Your new home should be a space that you and your family love, so don’t rush the planning process. Get inspired and don’t be afraid to be creative and dream big.

Start with the walls

The best place to start is with the walls. What you are able to do with them will depend on the time that you have and the size of your budget. If you only have a small amount of time and no budget to work with, your best option is using wall art to change how they look. However, if time and money aren’t issues, then you could choose to repaint or hang new wallpaper on them. If this is the case, before you go DIY with this update, think about whether you have the skill to do so. Sometimes it’s best to use a professional service like PaintZen, to ensure that the work looks smart and professional. After all, there’s nothing worse than a slapdash paint job.

Incorporate the features that remind you of home

Is there a piece of wall art that always makes you feel at home or a clock that whenever you look at you feel safe? Whatever features make you feel safe and at home, make sure to incorporate into your new home. Whether it’s pieces of furniture, accessories, or anything else for that matter, make sure to incorporate them into your new home. If a piece doesn’t match the style, consider revamping it to make it match. Something that a lot of us overlook but can make a real difference to how at home we feel are scents. This might sound odd, but if there’s a certain scented candle or diffuser that you always have, getting one for your new home may make you feel more at ease.

So there you have it, the best ways to make your new home feel like the personal sanctuary that it should be.

** This was a contributed post.

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home: on land and at sea (abstract conformity)

_S081259“[He] travels the globe through the merchant marine, visiting lands and cultures abroad yet always finding the experiences even as close as home just as important.”

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Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetIt is difficult to recall when, or how, I first came across Abstract Conformity on Instagram. What I do remember about seeing John’s square photography for the first time is thinking, “do people really live like this?” I knew in that moment that I was going to become a fan of  his work. What I didn’t know was that the man behind the lens was a pretty stellar character as well.

When I had initially considered possible collaborators for this new series, one of my first visions was of a home on the sea. With the success of last years series, I knew that I had big shoes to fill. I wanted to bring in artistic people that not only lived a completely different life from my own, but ones that inspired me creatively. I approached John to take part in this new venture, fully expecting to be turned down. His answer was an immediate and resounding yes. He would do it. 

A dozen emails later, still amazed by his kindness, with an even bigger appreciation for his photography skills, and a better understanding of where he comes from, this post is and was finally ready to be published. I hope that each and everyone of you enjoy John’s Home as much as I do.

Emory

_DSF15641. Where is your home located?

My brick & mortar, is located on the outskirts of Houston, TX. For 6 months out of the year my body resides aboard a cargo ship somewhere on the planet’s waterways. Due to traveling, I’ve actually slept more in my bed aboard the ship than in my bed with a mailing address.

_DSF33412. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’? 

Home is a location that evokes comfort and safety. It’s a place where others are welcomed in to share in those feelings, giving the place its title of a home rather than a location. A home need not be of brick and mortar or even stationary for me. I’ve had the opportunity to share with people in their homes across the globe from far-fetched mansions to a room lit by candles hardly larger than the bed frame. In those moments, they were all proud to welcome me in to their “home.” It was their comfort to be shared with others that made it a home too.

DSC_9573DSC_95653. What kinds of things influence your design style?

As a society, we change our clothes each season depending on the evolving weather, but we also alter our wardrobes with new trends. This is seen easily as we move amongst one another so why do homes remain stagnant for such long periods of time? Design aesthetics are a reflection of your mood, which for me change less frequently as the weather but they do change so I kept two tips at the forefront.

_DSF1492First, the space must have the ability for people to move about and interact with both their body and their eyes. If it’s overwhelming, you miss out on the purpose of the elements from distraction which then detracts from the comfort. Second, the items must serve the purpose of telling their own story. This can be a family heirloom to a vintage set of barware to a well crafted gun cabinet, which also happens to be a family heirloom. I’m intrigued by so many various “styles” that if I stick with the first two steps they seem to flow. 

DSC_9588DSC_95784. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

For me, all of it is replaceable. They evoke their own emotions and I’m not hoping to lose anything, but once they’ve been in my life the memory is contained within me forever, so the physical element could vanish but the memory of that experience never will.

DSC_9601DSC_9598It’s difficult to narrow to just one, so I will give three for various purposes. My Pendleton blanket, although two years old is a prized piece. It warms me on the couch, lays out on beaches for picnics and travels to globe with me on the ship. That blanket is comfort in more than just physical. My turntable connects generations with its ability to produce sound. I have records from my grandparents up to shows my wife and I saw two months ago. Music is the soundtrack to live and the tangible aspect of the turntable allows me to slow down and appreciate those tunes. Finally, a cast iron skillet that my great grandmother owned is vital. Just as its fed generations of my family, we’ve carried it on road trips to feed others. When I’m not on the ship, it resides on the stuff with extensive use beginning with my morning bacon and eggs just as my great-grandmother cooked for us when we visited. 

DSCF66255. Please share any ideas/stories/pictures that best highlight your home.

My current brick & mortar is going through changes as we bought it at 24 and now at 30 our values have clearly changed to more purpose beyond filling a void in the house.

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John

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DSCF6796If you would like to take part in this series, entitled Home, please email me at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com.

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in the master bedroom

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I’ve been gathering inspiration for our master bedroom over the past few months. The truth is that this has been one of the hardest rooms to find photographs for. Our bedroom will be a combination loft and bedroom, with sloped ceilings, beams, and hardwood floors. While I thought  that it would be easy to find pictures for this space, it turns out that my usual search terms of ‘rustic’, ‘loft’, ‘cabin’, ‘reclaimed’, and ‘industrial’ yielded next to no results. Months later, and with only a few photographs on hand, I began to write this post. Then something miraculous happened. After rummaging through Google images, I came across an attic bedroom that had the precise look that I was going for. I clicked to view the page rather than the image itself, and to my utter amazement, all of the photographs that I had saved from various websites were there on one webpage alone! ¡Ay, caramba! Who was this ingenious individual and how had he/she hacked into my vault of master bedroom inspiration? 

Under the overly obvious and seemingly simple category ‘awesome bedrooms’, I had hit the mother-load. The gods had spoken, and led me directly to tumblr’s collection of attic bedrooms. Consequently, I was finally able to publish this post.

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Thank you, fuckyeahcoolbedrooms and others.

<3

Emory 

installing a basement window. pt 2.

this was our first post entitled ‘installing a basement window’.

img_1above is the view from the exterior of little green. below is the progress from start to completion.

photo_1 photo_2photo_4it feels so good to see the final result!

p.s. i would love to hear what you think … provided that it’s kind. ;-)

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our woodsy and whimsical downstairs bedroom.

img_1 i began posting about our new bedroom one month and a half ago. it all started with the installation of a window. after our contractor completed that job, he began to frame the bedroom. 

img_4once the framing was complete, it was time to put up the drywall.

img_5 next came the mudding and the taping …

img_7 img_8then *g* and i were ready to install wallpaper, paint the walls, rework the cupboard, and stain the baseboards. below are the after photos.

img_9 img_10img_11img_12img_13 img_14img_15 img_16while we are nearly finished with the bedroom, there are still some items on the ‘to do’ list.

1. frame off the wallpapered wall

2. buy new bedding

3. install a light fixture

4. paint the ceiling white

for now though, we are more than happy with our wood-themed bedroom. :-)

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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