A month ago I was asked to guest blog for The Blog for Brides. Newlyweds are a very passionate group of young ladies that are eager to transition from house to home! I was thrilled with the opportunity because lord knows, I have a ton of non professional interior design experience in that department!! I loved being able to share a few tips for creating and turning a house into a home and look forward to be able to do so again!
Here is what I wrote for The Blog for Brides!
Hello to all of you newlyweds and brides to be, I am Wanda from Recreate and Decorate, who absolutely loves decorating a home and creating that special place that my family calls home. I would like to congratulate you on the biggest decision of your life. I truly hope your adventure will be as great as mine has been! There is nothing better than marrying the love of your life and creating your very special place and making it a home. I can feel the butterflies and the excitement that you have to be feeling about decorating your home, and I am so excited to be here to help!
There are so many things to consider when decorating your home, but here are several must have’s that I think should be at the top of the list!
When you are making your first house a home, it is important to make sure that your home reflects the both of you! Yes that means if your husband doesn’t like that big floral couch or that pink bedding set, you CAN’T buy or use it! Remember this is a time for the two of you to come together and become one. You can bring those prints or colors into the room with other home decor accessories! If your home does not represent who you both are as a couple, your home will never feel like home! I know, I did this once and it was the worse decorating experience I have ever had! You can read more about it here. I never felt like that was my home the entire time I lived there!
The focus of your home should be creating the atmosphere that makes your home feel welcoming and relaxing. The place that when you walk in the front door, you can’t help but say “Honey, I’m Home!” A place that no other place can compare to. That feeling should be warm, welcoming, cozy, and a place where you feel you belong. I like to use candles. Candles are an inexpensive home decor accessory and add a lot of warmth to your home. They also can leave your home smelling great!
Tip my husband does not like the floral scents, he prefers scents that are like baked goodies, vanilla, and anything with cinnamon. Because your family room will become the heart of your home, here are many ways to use candles to decorate your family room. If you have a fireplace, you can add them on your mantle, and I just love when several different sized candles are used together and placed inside a fireplace.
If you don’t have a fireplace, just arrange the candles on your coffee table or other pieces of furniture. Light the candles when you want to create a relaxing environment or when you are entertaining family orRecreate and Decorate
Fresh flowers and indoor green plants are another great way to add coziness to your home.
Peace lilies are a great green plant that can be used as a home decor accessory and they are the perfect indoor plant choice for beginners.
Personal photos are also a great way to add warmth to your home. Your beautiful wedding photos will be perfect for this. There are number of ways to display those photos, but I love the gallery wall. Especially black and white photos in white frames like these from Pottery Barn. House and Home.com
Hopefully I have left you with some great examples to go from having just a house to a home. It does not matter what decorating style you may have, as long as you create the perfect environment, you and your husband will spend a lot of time there together. One day soon, one of you will be able to walk in the front door and say “Honey, I’m Home” and truly feel like you are home.
What are your house to home tips?
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