Easy ways to make a house feel like a home


Whether you’ve lived in your house for years, or you’re just about to move in, it can be a challenge to make it feel just like you. We’ve put together a handful of tips to ensure you’ll be coming ‘home’ in no time.

What makes a house feel ‘homely’?

Sometimes, you’ll walk into a space and instantly feel at peace. There’s a sense of familiarity, warmth and relaxation that puts you at ease. You might not be able to put your finger on it—and it’s different for every single one of us—but it’s a combination of pleasing ‘things’ that appeal to all of your senses.

The perfect rug between your toes

If you’ve got wooden floors or tiles, a rug is an ideal way to warm up a space. Soft furnishings add heat by both physically and emotionally, so if your living room is feeling a little sterile, a shaggy textured rug may help your space feel cosy. Here is some rug inspiration for your home.

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Hang your favourite artwork

Just like bare floors can feel sterile, so too can empty walls. If you’ve got a favourite artist, consider hanging some prints or creating a gallery wall to brighten up an open space. Artwork is a great way to put more of your personality into your home décor, and the best part is, it’s a quick way to make a new home feel like ‘you’ if your artwork is moving with you.

Buy some living plants

Aside from their air-purifying benefits, living plants can help you connect with a new home while you nourish and nurture them. You’re bringing new life into your house, and this wild energy could be just what you need to feel at home. Check out our house plant Pinterest board for inspiration or previous indoor plant post.

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Family Photos Fridge

Feel the nostalgia with family photos

Sometimes, it’s just nice to see a familiar face. Put up some family photos on the wall or mantle—or even just stick them to the fridge—for that homely feeling. Specialist online imaging services or larger retailers like Officeworks have affordable options to create large family portraits to hang on your walls.

Create a room for your hobbies

Everyone needs a little ‘me’ time, and when you’re creating good memories in a space, it quickly turns into your home. Etch out a room (or even just a corner of your bedroom, office or lounge) for your hobbies so you’ve always got somewhere to unwind and be yourself. Our MyRooms are perfect hobby spaces.

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Create an inviting entrance

You should feel like you’re ‘home’ the moment you step inside your front door, and an inviting entrance is key. De-clutter your entryway and create a space for shoes and umbrellas so that they’re easy to access but out of sight. Consider adding a mirror or art in your immediate line of sight, and a side table for keys and flowers. You’ll never want to leave, but be so happy to be back at the end of the day.

Artists, Galleries & Specialist Nurseries

Avalon Nursery (Ballarat)

Thirteen05 (Daylesford)

Ruby Pilven Ceramics (Ballarat)

Vida Pearson (Haddon)

The Lost Ones (Ballarat)

Macarthur Frameworks (Ballarat)

Tammy Kanat (Melbourne)

Bendigo Art Gallery

Oliver Birch (Bendigo)

Living Gifts (Bendigo)

MacDonalds Nursery (Bendigo)

The Convent (Daylesford)

The Stockroom (Kyneton)

Sophie Moran Ceramics (Brunswick)

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