3 Tips for Creating a Home Away from Home

3 Tips for Creating a Home Away from Home

Change can be difficult, but as Bob Dylan said, “there is nothing so stable as change.”

Its inevitable.

Whether you are relocating, changing jobs, getting married, getting divorced, having children, or saying goodbye as they leave for college – there are few things more important during times of change than the space you call home (well, that, and a nice glass of wine).

So in this spirit, I’ve created a list of 4 tips to help you create a homey, safe haven no matter where you are or what your circumstances may be.

So without further adieu, here they are:

1. Personalize the space.

Bring photos of your family and/or pets.  This creates a sense of familiarity in a new space.  Also, bring your favorite throw… there is nothing like cozying up in your favorite blanket after a long day.

Photo from PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo from PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

2. Bring your own pillow.

This is essential – especially if you are one that likes to sleep in your own bed.  Having your pillow can make any foreign bed feel a little more inviting and comfortable.  Not to mention, you will sleep better – and who doesn’t need a good night’s rest?

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

Photo from PotteryBarn.com

3. Rearrange the furniture so it works for you.

Aren’t satisfied with the flow of the space?  Rearrange it to create your own feng shui.  This will immediately make the space feel more like your own.

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Minhnuyet Hardy)

4. Bring your favorite candle or room spray.

This is so easy, yet so easily forgotten.  Scent is incredibly powerful.  Isn’t it amazing how you can smell something and it immediately takes you back to that time in high school with your friends, or that great meal you had while on vacation in Europe?  Its the same with a home – fill it with a scent you love and that comforts you.  There is also something really relaxing about the soft glow of a candle…

Photo from Thymes.com

Photo from Thymes.com

Change is part of life.  But it can be a really positive thing if you let it.  And when it comes to making a brand new space feel a little more like home, my hope is that these tips will help you get well on your way.

For interior design inquiries, smart home technology inquiries, or for questions about creating a home away from home, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Have a great day!

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