We’ve lived in our house for over a year now, but it was only recently that I started to notice that my shelves were empty, my dining room unused, my bedroom unfinished, and my walls bare. The structure was the house of my dreams but I hadn’t made it a home. It made me think about what makes a house a home? Is it the art? The linens? The smells? The textures? I’m starting to learn that it’s a combination of things. If you’re wondering how to make your house a home, here are several things I added to my house to make it a home.
How To Make Your Home A Home
Add Personalized Art
We want the art in our house to mean something to us. From custom star maps to modern art that speaks to us, we’ve covered our walls with little pieces of us. It’s the best way to transition your house into a home.
Personalized Star Map Print
The stars aligned that day, remember? We customized a Personalized Star Map Print from Custom Family Gifts for the day we first met. By capturing the exact position of the stars and constellations, it’s a beautiful reminder of where our life together began.
Favorite Quotes Made into Art
Saved by Grace Co. creates amazing word art for any space. I had the letters for one of my favorite quotes cut by Saved by Grace Co. to create a space that is custom to so many of my favorite things.
Each of her home decor pieces has been created as a reminder to be positive and remain thankful in your everyday lives. Her art made this bedroom a happy place of encouragement and gratitude.
Magnetic Letter Board
Every day can be unique with Magnetic Letter Boards from Petal Lane. We can welcome guests, send love notes, or celebrate our favorite quotes. We take turns customizing the board and when inspiration strikes, it’s easy to change. Cord recently changed the board to “Happiness will find you” and it makes me smile every time I walk by.
Find Pieces that Speak to You
“I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings.” – Author: Tomas Transtromer
I’ve had careers, marriages, homes…. It seems I’ve had as many different lives as a cat. When I saw the Tree Growth Rings Illustration Set from Jetty Homes, it reminded me of the stages of my life. It really spoke to me. It’s rare to find a piece that fits your emotions or personality well. When you find it, don’t let it go. That should be part of your home. It tells a story.
Have a Great Base
When you have a neutral base to begin your home decorating, you can add colorful pieces and personal touches to make any room feel more like your home.
Gather Round Dinnerware
The Gather Around Contour Collection provides a modern take on a classic shape. If you opt for the collection in white, you can use it as the starting point for making any table setting feel unique. For Thanksgiving, just add a orange salad plate and you have a new look. When Christmas rolls around, add a splash of red for an instant holiday feel. When you have a great base, the possibilities are endless. Gather Round matte ceramics are made to compliment any occasion.
Kassatex New York
Similarly to the dishes, a neutral throw and pillows can be used for almost any occasion or any time of year.
It’s remarkable how these Lima Alpaca Throw Pillows and the Lima Alpaca Throw from Kassatex New York look amazing regardless of the time of year. In summer, they remind me of sandy beaches. In fall, the remind me of the changing colors of the season. In winter, they couple well with reds and greens. Who knows what I’ll do with them for spring, but I’m certain they’ll find a place.
Surround Yourself in Softness
Your furnishings, style, and tastes have a lot to do with making a home that feels cozy. Sometimes a room just needs an extra kick of decorative softness to reach maximum levels of warm and welcoming.
Belgian Linen Tablecloth from Ecoist
My dining room is the first room people see as they enter my home. I want it to be warm and inviting. Sophisticated and beautiful with an earthy hue and navy stripes, this eco-friendly linen tablecloth creates welcoming and hospitable ambiance around our dining room. The certified Belgian linen tablecloth is made from Belgian flax in a CO2 neutral weaving mill with sustainable farming, bringing sustainability and style together. It’s machine washable so I don’t have to worry about little hands around the table and it warms the feel of the room.
Decorating with throw pillows will finish off any look, plus they make your room feel a lot cozier. They’re a great way to elevate a house to a home.
Carefully handcrafted and sourced from the remote villages of Rajasthan and Panipat in India, the Vesperina cushion covers are a tribute to the local artisans of India. I’m a huge sucker for different textures and fringes on pillows. I feel like they are little pieces of art that you can add to your furniture.
Similarly, the Otto pillow from Calla Collective is bursting with style. It adds contrast and interest to the space.
Sheex Original Performance Down Alternative
Nothing makes you feel more comfortable and at home than your bedding and pillows.
Are you a back sleeper or a side sleeper? Regardless, Sheex has you covered. Their Original Performance Down Alternative pillows come as Side Sleeper Pillows and Back/Stomach Sleeper Pillows. Both options are cool, breathable, and adaptable. They utilize cool-to-touch, moisture-wicking original performance fabric combined with phase changing Cell Solution CLIMA fill in the outer removable cover. The Back/Stomach Sleeper pillow adapts to both your body temperature and your body position for the back and stomach sleeper. The Side Sleeper pillow is filled with hypoallergenic down alternative performance fiber fill at a 2″ gusset to properly distribute the fill for a consistent loft across the entire pillow, providing neck support and better spine alignment for side sleepers.
The right pillow is a great investment in your health and home.
Nothing makes you feel more cozy at home than a bed freshly-made with high quality linens. There are so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which bedding will make you feel most at home so we’ve included three of the best choices for you.
Standard Textile Home
Standard Textile Home has been crafting luxury linens for fine hotels for 80 years. They are now bringing that elevated bed and bath experience to your home. They offer luxury linens found in hotels around the globe. Their bedding collection has everything you need to create your own retreat at home. They offer duvet cover sets, duvet inserts, sheets and pillowcases, top covers, blankets, and pillows.
Ella Jayne also offers luxurious linens with the domesticated sophisticate in mind. The Ella Jayne Penthouse Collection brings a curated selection of sophisticated luxury bedding to your home, so that you can get a transcendental, blissful night’s sleep, every single night.
Their 1200 thread count sheet sets are the gold standard of bedding. Made with luxuriously soft and smooth 100% premium sateen cotton, you’ll feel like royalty, slipping into these sheets every night.
“Softest bedding ever!” Oprah
I tried a number of different sheets and blankets that claimed to be the best for temperature regulation, comfort, and softness, but none wowed me like Cozy Earth bedding. They are an investment that your whole body will thank you for as soon as you put them on your bed.
Cozy Earth bedding was invented to sleep at the perfect temperature. It’s 50% less humid and degrees cooler than cotton. It’s made of premium 100% viscose from bamboo fabric, tested free of harmful chemicals, and made exclusively for Cozy Earth.
We love this bedding so much that we had to order two bamboo blankets. Neither of us are willing to share. Even Oprah added it to her list of Favorite Things.
For 50% off Cozy Earth, use code LESLEYCARTER50
Satine Velvet Hand Woven Cube Ottoman
The name says it all. The Satine Velvet Hand Woven Cube Ottoman from Inspired Home is velvety soft and luxurious. This ottoman’s square silhouette blends effortlessly into any casual space. It is an accent piece that is sure to enhance the aesthetics of any modern household.
I added two for symmetry and comfort while we’re both watching tv. It’s the ideal option as a footrest or as optional seating for guests. We just slide them under the coffee table so they don’t take up any space, yet they still add to the decor.
GOTS Organic and Fairtrade Cotton Towels
I like to wrap myself in the luxurious feel of Takasa’s premium heavyweight, absorbent organic towels. Soft and plush 700 GSM towels are made with ultra-low twist for added absorbency and gentle comfort while drying. Design is finished with a simple, clean hem for a natural look and feel.
Smell is the Strongest Sense
The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of the other senses. Filling your house with scents is one of the quickest ways to make your house feel like a home. I love filling my home with welcoming scents from the season or from my favorite memoires.
Northern Lights Candles
Northern Lights Candles are artisan make and hand-poured in the US. The offer a variety of seasonal favorites and styles like votives, artisan, tealights, pillars, and tapers. As a personal favorite, they offer a Caramel Macchiato Room Spray that I’ve been using in almost every room. It smells so delicious that I am becoming addicted. I love walking out of the room and going back in to really get the full experience.
Kreative Candle Co.
When you go through candles as much as I do, you want them to last. Kreative Candle Co. candles offer 50+ hours of burning time. I fell in love with Kreative Candle’s new fall collection, especially the Apples and Maple Bourbon.
Hive & Home
It’s Hive & Home that really hit home when I was looking for smells that reminded me of my childhood. Their Maple Syrup Waffles hand-poured soy candle is like a time machine that transports me back to breakfasts at my grandparents home as a child.
Made by Hand
Handmade products by skilled artisans will take your home to a whole new level of elegance.
Recycled Mouth-blown Glass Tumblers
Whether you’re drinking water or cocktail, these fat little tumblers make an elegant way to enjoy a drink. These glass products from Itemerie are handmade and mouthblown, following a manufacturing process and using techniques that go back nearly 2000 years. The 100% recycled glass gives each glass a unique, greenish tint.
Unique Shapes Mouth Blown Cocktail Glasses
Each Unique Shapes Mouth Blown Cocktail Glass from Itemerie is expertly crafted using 2000-year-old handmade and mouthblown glass techniques into 4 unique shapes. I feel special just holding the glass.
Add Extra Light
If you want to make your home feel bright, add extra lamps, mirrors, and natural light.
Melbourne Table Lamps
Unique table lamps like the Melbourne Table Lamps accent any space. Our family area has a modern eclectic feel that thrives with the addition of these strikingly unique table lamps. The smooth wooden base and accents combine with the ceramic body of the lamp for a bold look. The mud cloth patterned shade brings in a uncomplicated theme to the already tremendous table top accessory.
Over-sized Modern Frontier Mirror
Mirrors will open up your space and enhance the room’s natural lighting. Large mirrors need simply lean against a wall or rest on a mantel for a simple and perfect touch.
The geometric wood inlays in aged white paint and variations of natural tones create the patterned border of this over-sized mirror. It’s the perfect accent for a rustic southwest appeal. Living in Texas, I thought it was a great way to go.
Nothing Brings Freshness and Life like Plants and Flowers
Adding colorful flowers around our homes brings so much life, texture, and vibrancy to a space but when you don’t have a green thumb, faux flowers can be a gamechanger. I think of flowers like jewelry. An outfit wouldn’t be complete without it.
Diane James Luxury Faux Floral Arrangements
When it comes to faux flowers, not just any flowers will do. If you’re looking for the best luxury faux floral arrangements, Diane James is your one stop shop. Masterfully handcrafted, her artificial flowers and plants are made from the finest fabrics, providing a truly natural look and feel in a design that you can enjoy for years to come.
Flowers finish a home and faux flowers and plants from Diane James Home are a perfect way to brighten any room with very little maintenance.
I like to find faux flowers for each season and rotate them seasonally. That way I always have a new statement piece every few months to completely change the feel of every room.
Making your house a home takes time. What you put inside your house can make the difference between whether you enjoy spending time there or not. No matter the size or style of your home, incorporating your personal style matters the most.