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5 Tips to Make a House Feel like a Home

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

There is something very appealing about a house that is sleek and modern with minimal decor. I like cleanliness and orderliness as much as any of you...but in my opinion, these houses lack that crucial feeling that makes a house feel like home....they have no personality...nothing to tell me about the people who live there.

And while it's fun to walk through a home that feels like a museum, those houses seem too sterile for daily living. They're missing that sense of home...that feeling of comfort and familiarity we all crave that makes us want to unpack our bags, put up our feet and stay awhile.

Your home may not be sterile or ultra modern, or even messy... but it may be lacking personality. Perhaps you just moved and are not sure how to create a cozy home...or maybe you just cannot figure out how to add warmth with the accessories you own.

I'm sharing my top 5 tips right here to help you achieve warmth and personality in your own home.


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No matter what your design preference (farmhouse, modern, eclectic, etc), every home can benefit from the addition of texture. Some of my favorite items to use are baskets, wood, metal and burlap.

Baskets not only add a lot of texture and interest, but they're functional too and can corral magazines, blankets, plants, extra pillows and more. Wood pieces add a feeling of warmth too...and shelves provide a great surface to display favorite items.

While I wouldn't call my style 'industrial', I do love to add just a hint of something with metal and an industrial feel (I love using monogram letters in my home!). I find it adds a nice dose of personality and warmth. You can find your own monogram letter at Hobby Lobby and other stores.

Here are a couple examples of texture in my home...

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

My burlap smocked curtains have been the source of numerous questions on my blog and in real life! Everyone loves them. While these exact ones are no longer available, look for burlap curtains to use in your own home. The texture is amazing, and the neutral tone is warm and inviting! This little corner of my office is full of texture and is a favorite seat in our home.

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

My kitchen is layered with texture and even though the furniture is largely black, it doesn't feel oppressive. There are baskets and burlap, stenciled drop cloth curtains, ruffles, an ironstone jug collection and a fun bamboo mat. It all works together to create an airy, collected look that makes you want to pull up a seat at the table and ask, "What's for dinner?".

Layers of texture add warmth!

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My next tip to creating a welcoming home is to personalize! There are numerous ways you can do this in your home...
  • Decorate with your family's monogram
  • Showcase your kids artwork
  • Add a sign with a favorite family saying, or a subway sign of family rules
  • Hang large family pictures in a gorgeous frame
  • Decorate with mementos (seashells from a trip to the beach, frame your child's jersey, etc)
You get the idea; whatever you can think of to make your decor personal and reflect your own family will add personality and life to your home.

In my own home, I've done this abundantly! We've moved a lot, and I wanted a way to remember where we've lived. I created a custom subway sign with all the places we've lived. It's totally unique to our family and personalizes our space!

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

Monograms are used liberally in our home (not only the letter 'L' but also the number '5' as that's how many people are in our family), as well as custom artwork like this hand painted laundry sign.

And you might notice that I've hung some baby items from when my kids were small. Mounted on burlap in framed shadowboxes, these tiny items make memorable decor.

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

If you want your home to reflect YOU (your family), add some custom art pieces to really make it special.

Some other ideas you might consider:
  • Display your children's art in gallery frames
  • Paint a canvas with your favorite colors
  • Add a favorite phrase to a piece of wood and hang it up
  • Create a subway sign of all the places you've traveled


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If you are really stuck and you want something created just for you, please contact me! I'd love to work with you to create that perfect piece!



This next tip has more to do with updating the builder grade (shelving, cabinets, lighting, paint, flooring) than updating your furniture, although if that's what you need to do, by all means start working on that!

Nothing is more boring than a builder grade home. It feels aloof and bland, completely without personality...just like the one next door. Changing those boring features to reflect your style can be done on a budget!

Here are some ideas for updating your home:
  • Look for cabinetry on clearance, or shop the local Habitat ReStore until you find something that will work in your space
  • Add tile in a playful pattern on linoleum or vinyl floors
  • Change out the light fixtures for something that reflects your style. No budget for a new fixture? Paint the one you have! 
  • Even a little change like switching out the cabinet knobs or door hardware can make a big difference in making your house feel like your home
  • Fresh paint makes a huge difference!
Our home was painted throughout in a flat, ugly shade of salmon. We chose to paint every single room when we moved in, to completely obliterate that shade. We contracted the larger job that required extension ladders, but saved money by painting the reachable areas ourselves.

Here's a little before and after of our living room. What a difference a new color of paint can make!

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

Another change we made, that was less than $200, was to completely redo our laundry room from its boring builder grade (and messy) beginning. We added a ton of farmhouse charm, character and storage to this tiny space, and saved money by doing the work ourselves and thinking outside the box. It's a totally updated space and those updates have added value to our home.

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

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Creating a home should be fun and a reflection of you. To make it feel relaxing and to achieve a great flow from room to room, I recommend neutral wall colors (there are some beautiful greiges - gray/beige that look great with any color). If you love color, add it by all means! Your accessories, including curtains, pillows, throws and artwork will look even better against neutral walls and will really stand out.

Know your style and maintain it throughout your home. Our home is an eclectic mix of antiques and updated farmhouse with a kick of aqua in every room. It works because each room reflects the same style. Some rooms have more color than others, but the general feel is the same. Choosing one to three accent colors to use throughout your home will make it all flow seamlessly from room to room.

You can see in the examples below that the shades of turquoise in my home vary in each room, but it's a consistent theme, and adds cohesion to our home...the flow is uninterrupted and it feels homey!

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

Vintage light in Master Bedroom  |  Living Room  |  Painted Sign in Master Bedroom

Dining Room with Display Cabinet  |  Blue Jars in Master Bath  |  Painted Shutter in Guestroom

Pom Pom Garland in Living Room  |  Abstract DIY Painting in LR  |  Basket, Shells, Painted Tray






This last tip goes along with all the ones I mentioned above; add a little unexpected in every room. Pick something that makes you happy. It could be a focal wall with great texture or a brightly painted door or an unexpected piece of art that you or your children painted. It might be a color you use in an unexpected way. This little surprise in every room adds more personality to your home, infusing it with comfort and the feeling that YOU belong there!

Many of the unexpected items in my home are my turquoise pieces - like the antique door opening into our laundry room, the craft cabinet that I repurposed and painted to display my iron stone collection, and a bright stenciled coffee table in an otherwise mostly neutral room.

Something unexpected could be a favorite collection that you display (I love to collect and display white iron stone, and sea shells in big glass bowls). What do you love?

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

One of the best compliments I ever received was when someone, walking into my home for the first time, exclaimed, "I feel like I've walked into Pinterest!". My home is filled with items our family has made, painted, collected and it reflects us and our style.

Discover what makes you happy and infuse your home with those things.

I hope these 5 Tips are helpful as you embark on your own journey to creating the feeling of home in the house where you live!

If you're looking to create a cozy home bursting with personality, you'll want to check out these 5 Top Tips for making your house feel like a Home! Read it at DIY beautify

See you back here on Friday when I'll share my homemade Pico de Gallo recipe.



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10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips Cindy. I can use all the help I can get! I am in transition now, trying to get rid of the old and refresh the house with brighter colors.

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    1. You're so welcome Mary, just take your time and transition to pieces you really love!

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  2. Great tips, Cindy. I especially like #2, Personalize...that's truly what makes a house a home and not a designer showhome or model home!

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    1. Yes, I totally agree Julie...our homes are more welcoming to others when we've invested ourselves in them and they're a true reflection of us!

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  3. Thanks for these awesome tips, Cindy. They are all helpful. I love the idea that you decorate your house with the things you have done yourselves. That will indeed make your house a home. =)

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    1. You are very welcome! It's been fun adding a personal touch in each of our houses...truly making them a home!

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  4. thanks for these tips! I will have to try them since I live in an apartment and it very often feels like a hotel instead of a home haha. thank you!

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    1. You're welcome :) I truly believe you can make your house inviting and warm no matter its size...even in an apartment!

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  5. I'm loving these tips! Not to mention, your home is gorgeous, and all of your personalized decor is perfect. Swooning!!

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    1. Thank you LZ for your sweet comments, they are SO appreciated!!

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