Things I need to make a house a home
I have a job! And a place! I am moving into an old (potentially haunted) house in Clarendon, and for the first time since college, I want to feel settled in a place (and I can drive from my parents' home). Here's what I'm getting now that I'm past the three-suitcase-life:
- •PaintI would never touch the zany 1950s wallpaper or exposed brick fireplace downstairs, but my room has one poorly-painted olive green wall and three beige ones. Bye. (And/or can I shiplap the entire room?!)
- •Wall artHUGE big deal. Last night, Mama Watz and I unearthed my P. Buckley Moss prints and a collection of early 90s Disney lithograph prints. I also have a hand-drawn calligraphy print of my favorite bible verse from a friend in Jordan. I can make a gallery wall, y'all!
- •Books!!! And a bookshelf!I have been purchasing (and library-ing) books en masse since returning to America. Send me all your books! I'll read them!
- •My handmade quiltMama Watz sewed a gorgeous quilt that pulls on Appalachia-in-Autumn colors. It's the most gorgeous thing, from which I'm pulling all color schemes for everything.
- •A rugMy room is massive, so I might need two? I don't know anything about rugs.
- •PlantsFor six years, I had a small pine tree in my bathroom. I'd like a little standing herb garden, or a Meyer lemon tree? Get outta here with that fiddle-leaf-fig nonsense; they're too high-maintenance for me.
- •Bathroom decor?The bathroom I share with another woman feels pretty cramped and drab. How do I give it some razzle-dazzle (and verticals storage space)?
- •A gym bagIn the overly-ambitious-alternative-universe in which I wake up at 6am to go rock climbing before work 🤷🏽♀️
- •Make it your ownIf you're comfortable in your space, that's all that matters! Also, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through!Suggested by @karlalucia
- •Sounds like you have the basics covered, I would just add a vase of fresh flowers (Trader Joe's!) and a good knife and some nice wine glasses👌🏻❤️Suggested by @cvlop61
- •Comfy seating & super soft blanketsNothing is more homey or inviting than being cozy on a worn in couch with a clean, soft blanket.Suggested by @amieshmamie
- •Ceiling fans (if you live in a hot climate). Easiest to install if you already have a light fixture on your ceiling. Lots of variety to choose from, from functional to centrepiece.Suggested by @Alphonse
- •A pet.Dog, cat, pig, bird, or whatever you prefer. Fluffy things make life better.Suggested by @NumbahTwo