This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve truly realized over the last 3 years that turning house into home doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that requires patience, but is so worth the wait when you can sit and enjoy the home that you thoughtfully created, one step at a time.
If anyone would have told me that there would be a time that I would plan a wedding, buy a house and remodel said house simultaneously, I would have laughed and called them out for the being the crazy person they obviously are. Well I guess I became the crazy person because about 3 ½ years ago I did just that. Simultaneously. Yep. Crazy. The good news: we lived through it and even with all of the stress of so many life milestones circling around us, we actually still wanted to get married (as opposed to kill each other haha). The bad news: there were mistakes. Faux pas. A lot of them.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to turn the new house into home stat. From floors to paint to bathroom to kitchen to furniture to decor to everything in between, we wanted it all done, like now. I’ve realized it doesn’t really work like that… I don’t think there is a presto it’s home wand; taking an apartment or house to home is (and should be!) a process. Because we rushed ourselves through all of the above, we made hasty decisions that don’t really reflect how we feel about our home now. A home has a personality, you have to settle in and get to know it a little before deciding what it should wear!
5 Keys Steps in the Process of Turning House into Home
And then reassess again. And do it daily. Don’t feel like everything has to get done before you move in. If you’re lucky enough to have some time in your new apartment or house before you move in, recognize what the priorities are… the need to do vs. the nice to do. If you’re refinishing or installing new floors, when possible that should definitely be done before you move in and DEFINITELY before painting (this was a big fail on our part!) The freshly painted walls act as a magnet for all of the floor and construction dust. Bonus if you’re able to paint before moving in, but only if there aren’t any major renovations.
When I look around our living room, there isn’t one piece of furniture that feel like us. Now in the 3 + years we’ve lived here I’ve seen a zillion pieces of furniture that did, but we had already rushed into buying what we have now… a rug that’s too small, curtains that were too short and furniture that matches but that has no personality. If I had known that we could rent furniture from CORT Furniture Rental this would have alleviated this mistake. We could have rented the any furniture that we needed, on-demand in fact, making the house move-in ready and enabling us to wait until we found the pieces that fit us perfectly.
Don’t think that all of your “old” decor has to go. How could you change it to be something that fits you/your home now? One of my favorite projects (and one of the top posts on my blog) was made from a dollar store basket and $15 in rope. Resale and thrift shops are great idea starters for what you can repurpose on the cheap.
My first mission in our house became to rid it of builder-grade everything. Again, not realistic. I adjusted my thought process and realized that there was a lot more that I could live with than I originally thought. I desperately wanted (and still do!) new cabinets but they are costly and we don’t have that in our budget right now; painting them white was a perfect temporary solution.
There were things that I brought from my condo to our house that just didn’t work anymore but for some reason I held on to them. If felt so good to begin to let go of things, it’s when I realized that getting rid of excess makes room for the right things in life (on so many levels).
What are some of the ways you turned your apartment or house into home?