Updated: Jul 15, 2020
A 'house' is simply a structure. A 'home' reflects the heart.
A house may be filled with incredible architectural details, smart house capabilities and more, but it will not feel like a home until it is represents the personality and preferences of the individual or family that lives there. Creating a home takes time. It is the slow process of gathering favorite items that are functional and and favorite items that are meaningful. It requires thought and intention, not just a trip to the nearest store to purchase new furniture to fill the space. Whether your house is tiny, average or akin to a castle, it should serve your lifestyle and feel like home to everyone that lives there.
What's your style?
Style is the filter you use to determine what you like and don't like. But, how do you figure out your style??? It can be identified by how you feel when you enter a room for the first time. What draws your eye? What do you notice and feel drawn to? What do you move away from? Does the room feel inviting or untouchable? Your preferences and preferred aesthetic is the foundation that will define how you approach decluttering and design decisions throughout your home.
For a space to be a true representation of you and the people who share your home, it is important to hone in on what really speaks to you. I suggest spending time looking through magazines, browsing on Pinterest or Houzz.com to find photos that make you pause and take a closer look. Jot down a few words to describe what you like in a room and move on to the next photo that grabs you.
i.e. Words I might use to describe the photo above:
Bright. Clean lines. Whimsical.
Once you have a dozen or so descriptive words, they can become a filter for future rooms that inform what you keep and what you will let go. Now, you have a place to begin determining a style that is uniquely yours.
Cheering you on!