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Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Create a Meaningful Home

Creating a home can be easy. Go to your closest Walmart and load up on .99 cent art, right? Well, for me it’s a bit different. I strive to create not only a home with ‘cute’ and ‘on trend’ decor, but also a home that is meaningful. You might be wondering what this means and if you are, let me explain. Instead of filling my home with pointless items, I really concentrate on what reminds me of important things and things that make me happy. For example, I could have a picture of just any sunset purchased from a store. Yes, it’s pretty, but it doesn’t have much (or any) meaning to me. If I trade out that picture of a random sunset to a sunset picture that I took, it changes everything! Let’s say that I took the picture on the last day of a family trip… Now, everytime I look at that picture, I will remember the family trip and all of those amazing memories are brought to the surface again. If you are interested in creating a meaningful home and a home you love, I have given you a few suggestions and tips below to get you started!





Get your family involved
Think about the people you live with. If you have kids, you might want to add some of their special artwork around the house. If you have a significant other, make sure you consider what they want, as well. The home should be meaningful to everyone that lives in it and not just yourself.


Share your home with family and friends
No matter how ‘done’ your home is, make sure you share it with your family and friends! Host cookouts, summer parties and Christmas get togethers because when it comes down to it, what is the point in creating a meaningful home that you love if you do not get the chance to showcase it?! Afterall, when it comes down to it, isn’t life all about having fun with the ones that you love? Go ahead and host a get-together!


Incorporate meaningful decor
Incorporating meaningful decor is the easiest (and best in my opinion) way to create a meaningful home. The example I used above with the sunset picture is so true. If you have things that remind you of great memories, your home will always be happy. Here are a few ways I incorporate meaningful decor in my home:
Family artwork - artwork is a fantastic option that is special because it is passed down from generation to generation. It is also beautiful!
Decor from trips - this is also a great decor option because it reminds you of good times! You can frame pictures you took, or you can bring home souvenirs that also double as decor. For example, if you go to Italy, grab a hand blown glass pitcher. This is useful and meaningful, but it also doubles as decor.
Pictures with motivation words - this can be a good option because they are so positive and help create a happy home!
Special items - I have only touched on decor that is from family or from pictures you took, but great decor can also be purchased. If you love a specific sport, some sport decor in your basement or family room could be a great addition! If you someone in your family loves movies or video games, you could always give them a sword. You may be wondering what a sword has to do with videogames and movies. Swords of Northshire sells samurai swords, ninja swords, knives, custom swords, and accessories, but they also sell anime, movie, and video game replica swords! For example, they have a Deadpool Katana listed on their website. So cool! Imagine that displayed in your home!! When you customize your sword with Swords of Northshire, you have so many options like blade length, materia, tsuba, ito color, hamon type, engraving, fittings and more! You get the chance to customize it based on your likes, which is amazing and perfect for making your home meaningful.





Be able to do what you love
Creating a home that is meaningful is not just about the decor and what you put in it! Make sure you create the space you need, as well. If you love to work out in your home, make sure to have a space available for it! If you need a home office, make sure that is a priority. Whatever you need or want, make sure to make the space for it over some things that are typical “musts” to others.


Take it slow
I’m sure you know the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It’s the same for building a meaningful house - it definitely isn’t built in a day. Take your time and don’t rush, making sure you get everything you really want and do not just purchase filler items. Also, definitely keep in mind that as you age, your taste will definitely change, so make sure the items you choose are not just because of a trend.

Do you strive to create a meaningful home? What tips do you have?

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