Make a House a Home
Moving from your own house into rented accommodation is always going to be hard, so I was determined to make my new house a home. But if the landlord’s tastes (or budget which is more often the reason for those bland carpets and magnolia walls) is not quite the same as yours, how do you go about making a house into a home without forfeiting your deposit?
The first thing I did was buy new curtains as the ones that came with the house were either thin and a hideous colour or non-existent. It may be an expensive outlay but good curtains retain heat better and block out sunlight in children’s rooms, providing precious extra sleep for all!
I used the curtain colour as a base for a colour scheme for the girls’ bedroom with bedding sets to match. This can be done in any room by choosing complementary accessories such as cushions, rugs, or prints.
In the bathroom, a homemade roman blind (thanks mum!) perfectly matches these small seaside themed canvas prints and brightens up an otherwise dull wall.
Another easy way to make a room feel more homely is to change the generic and cheap lightshades and even the bulbs. I also prefer lamps to ceiling lights as I find them softer and they are easily portable. This cute hot air balloon design was just a few pounds at my local Wilkinson’s and the girls love it!
Storage is often a problem too as a lack of hooks or shelving make it difficult to find homes for things like coats, dressing gowns, toiletries or even a first aid kit. These free standing shelves look fantastic in my bathroom and solve the issue of where to keep everything. Putting cotton wool and cotton buds into matching baskets and adding a plant gives it a final elegant touch.
Over the door hooks are another rental life saver, creating storage in every room without fear of losing my deposit by leaving screw holes all over the place. I have a concertina one for my jewellery and individual ones for towels in the bathroom.
I also added a second shower rail over the bath to hang wet swim things and flannels over and a pressure curtain rail in the kitchen has been used for hanging my frying pans.
I’ve used a spare pack of shower curtain hooks to hang them with and also to store hair elastics in one place. Clipped to the mirror, they’re now always handy and far less messy!
The final touches include houseplants and fresh flowers on the mantelpiece, and of course, lots of cuddles and laughter with my children. It’s taken a few months, but now my house is really starting to feel like my new home.