I have always loved spending time at home and truly am a home dweller. While sitting in an office all day, curling up on my couch is one of the things I miss the most (along with The Hubby).
I guess that is why a lot of my favourite hobbies revolve around very homey activities: baking, quilting, knitting, reading and watching TV / films are my favourite thins and are all tasks best done at home. Many a weekend do I spend in my (freshly ironed) PJs just puttering away around the house – I think one of the reasons I enjoyed studying so much was because it gave me an excuse to be home working all day.
That’s not to say I never go out or enjoy being out and about. I greatly enjoy trying new places and adventures with friends and The Hubby. I also feel rather guilty when the sun is shining and I spend the whole day in. But for me nothing beats a rainy weekend spent in doors, giving me a chance to pay attention to my favourite things.
I like the cosy feeling of being nestled indoors in a space that I have made my own. As a young girl I always paid careful attention to creating a warm environment in my bedroom and now that I have my own house I am trying to maintain that same atmosphere.
For me a cosy home environment must involve rooms (I am not a huge lover of entirely open plan living). I also require shelves with books / DVDs and knickknacks in order to feel like the space around me has some life. Candles, pillows and other decorative items also bring great warmth and feel to the space (although I have a hard time brining myself to light the candles as they are so pretty – The Hubby hates it – anyone else have the same problem?). A throw blanket is a must for me as I feel the cold really terribly. It would be great if I could have a constant aroma of freshly baked cookies in the house but for now I have to settle with a floral room fragrant. Ooo and fresh flowers are a real favorite.
The space must also be quite clean and tidy. As much as I love being home I just cannot relax if the place is messy or dirty. When I used to spend hours studying from home I could not be productive in a space that was dusty and disorderly. Once a week I would clean out the entire room (dusting, polishing, vacuuming) and nothing could compare the comfort I felt in the room after it was immaculate and glowing with the light of a freshly lit candle.
Not much has changed (except that now I have a whole house to clean). I woke up last Saturday morning and the build-up of mess from the working week got to me – I couldn’t stay still. I just had to start cleaning. 4 hours later and after doing the house from top to bottom (thank God for the Hubby – he did the floors – I am blessed with a man who likes helping out) I was happy. The place looked great and smelled lovely and now the perfect place to relax for the rest of the weekend (hopefully not something I will have to do every weekend – I am trying to keep it in a better condition throughout the week).
Other that my obsessive compulsion to keep a clean house, I am not bad at placing knickknacks around the place to get a homey feeling. I usually can create a nice environment by mixing up bits and pieces of decorative items. However I am not entirely blessed with a decorator’s eye and would love to add some more flair to my place but genuinely a bit stuck as to how. I also think painting the walls would make a huge difference in lifting the space but I am unable to do this as I live in a rental property.
Some of the things I have tried are shown below but I am not sure they quite work: