Monday, 6 June 2016

Finding Homeliness Through Home Improvements...


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with ColorTile.

If you've been following along here for a while, you will recall that we had planned to have sold our home quite some time ago by now.

The preparation for selling our house and returning to the inner burbs was going great-guns last year, for a good-while at least. We'd half-packed our things, sold others and thrown a ton of clutter away. Then life threw us a bit of an unexpected curve-ball late last year and for the time being, our plans have been suspended. We're staying put.

While we really love our current house, we just wish it were located elsewhere - somewhere closer to the happenings in the city. It's our goal still, to get ourselves relocated. Soon...

It's been a difficult decision to relocate. As far as houses go, our current home is really quite lovely.

Ours is a three bedroom home built in the 1980's. There's not an inch of '80's to be seen here though. Thankfully, the previous owners renovated every single inch of its shape and interior. It's effectively a new home, with some nicely weathered floorboards in the downstairs area, being the only indicator that life has been beating away here, for a few busy decades before us.

There are huge pros for buying an already renovated home. There's nothing quite as thrilling as moving into your own sparkling abode, unpacking and just getting-on with life. This is how we felt initially when we first moved in here. It was all so lovely to live in and easy to clean.


Then at around the 6-12 months mark post moving in (and right up until now), the little irritations at certain things about the place began to mount and grow. Our bathroom was (and remains) pokey for a family of eight. We seem to lack an entire living area despite the open-plan nature of our home. It's so dark inside in our downstairs areas, and the colour of those walls - a dull olive green (which looked so cool and inviting on our initial inspection) now send us crazy with irritation.

Sure enough, having lived in our home over time and with the benefit of hindsight, we now dream of new, brighter wall colours and new doors in several rooms (something with character and glass panelling would be ideal). Even new floor coverings are being considered. All this constantly stirs in our minds and conversations frequently, despite our plans to leave in the near future. Perhaps it's just our own way of implanting our unique mark on a home that found us, with none of our own brand of creativity within.

So right now, there's been lots happening on the home-front to improve our grasp on this homeliness we crave. We've purchased a new modular sofa to comfortably accommodate us all. There are new window coverings ordered. We've installed a brand new central heater and more new furniture is planned, just as soon as we can decide on the style we're comfortable with.

It's taken us a long time to learn that it's so important to be comfortable where you live, no matter what your current or long term plans may be.

If you find you're also in a similar situation to us, you might consider ways to invest in your own search for homeliness within your living areas, which are inexpensive and beautifying. It might be as simple as replacing or updating your furnishings and colour schemes. Or you might be considering a new look entirely for your home - walls, windows, a new kitchen or bathroom.

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So, how about you? Does your home feel homely? Does your home irritate you in similar ways? How do you make your own home feel homely? Do you have any tips to share?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



16 comments:

  1. We're still squashed in the apartment - I wouldn't say homely but it does feel like home.

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    1. In that case, squashed is good. We are squashed here too. That's thanks to the size of our family mainly. :)

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  2. I'd love to renovate our bathrooms and also our outdoor area but our budget doesn't allow for this at this stage.

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    1. I would love to do this too. Especially those areas. Hope you can afford to do so sometime soon.

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  3. There are a few rooms in our house that could do with a make over. There's lots of talking about it, just have to get around to it!

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    1. Life gets in the way sometimes doesn't it? That is actually a good thing. x

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  4. I hear you on doing some things to make your home 'yours' but when you might be moving on it can seem to be something you might not want to spend much on. Nevertheless life is for living now and I am glad you are making some small changes. Denyse #teamIBOT

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    1. Exactly Denyse! This has been our very slow-to-learn lesson. You have to live in the now to feel happy, and not hold-off until your future plans come in to fruition.

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  5. We moved into our new home 6 weeks ago (tomorrow). We moved from the country to a suburb closer to Melbourne so we could be closer to friends, and school for the kids. It meant down sizing which was so fab as we decluttered heaps! We thought our last home was the home we would raise the children in until they were grown up, but we only ended up staying there four years. After all the work I had put into designing and building our dream home, we left it. But it actually felt refreshing to let go of such a big home and move into a more homely home. To make it homely I always add personal touches, things that make me relax. I love fresh flowers and candles and inspirational quotes, plus lots of throw rugs to get cosy. Good luck with all you are doing. #openslather

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  6. My floors definitely need to change! I haven't renovated anything since moving into my unit in 2009. The carpet is old and getting pretty messy with two cats. Would love to have floorboards but I'm thinking bamboo as has been recommended to me. Rest of the renovations will be slow and steady!

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  7. I don't feel at home in this house, knowing it is a temporary thing for us and we will hopefully move again at the end of the year. I can't wait for our forever home and no more moves. But you are right, I need to do more to make this place feel like home, especially for our three girls. Mind you the intruder at the weekend has not helped matters.

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  8. I am with you on the homeliness. I feel like our home as got so cluttered with having 4 children. Now they are getting older I am trying to de-clutter and make it more homely. Good luck when you move, how exciting :) Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop..

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  9. One bedroom for eight must be tricky. We do one for six and that's challenging enough!
    We have never renovated, but I'm ok with that. Not sure that it's my thing.

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  10. The contractor and his crew are showing up this week to get started, so I thought I'd show you where we are starting. window blinds

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  11. I complete agree. No matter how long you are somewhere, you need to feel comfortable and happy with your environment as it affects so much - our mood, how productive we are and most parts of our lives. Yay for improvements!

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