How to Turn Your House into a Relaxing and Creative Family Place
However, after years of moving, we’ve finally decided to do something a bit more permanent about our living situation. After some financial planning and – let’s be honest – a lot of saving up, we’ve finally managed to buy our own house. And while I always thought that my creative juices will get going once I have a home to truly call my own, that – unfortunately – was not the case.
Since we bought a semi-furnished home, we already had all the essential installed; our kitchen was fully functional – without the appliances, of course; our bathroom had all the basic fixtures and fittings. We have already previously purchased a couch, a coffee table and a king-size bed that we used to move from one rental to the other, so we just brought those items into our new home as well.
If wasn’t until I got pregnant with our first child that a sudden need to redo our living space emerged. All of a sudden, I was no longer happy with our oh-so-beloved bed, spending any amount of time on our shabby old couch seemed like a punishment and I couldn’t even walk into our kitchen without wanting to cry. That’s when I knew we needed to do something about our living space – and we needed to do it fast because there was no way I would allow my firstborn child to be raised in such a sad and uninspiring environment.
Our first course of action was to get rid of all the things we no longer wanted to keep. So, we said goodbye to our coffee-stained coffee table, donated our bed – it was still good and functional, but I simply could no longer stand it, and we got rid of all the kitchen and bathroom furniture that welcomed us when we moved in.
Deciding on the most appropriate colour scheme for our home was the next step. Now while a lot of magazines advised sticking to a certain colour scheme throughout the home for a more stylish and cohesive look, I decided that that’s not really the approach I wanted to take. That’s why I decided to paint all the rooms in our home in a different hue, allowing each and every one of them to function as a separate entity. After that we took care of our flooring – we chose to keep our hardwood floors that originally came with the house, but we had them sanded down and relacquered. Once the base was laid out in every room, we got down to choosing the right furniture pieces.
For the living room and the kitchen, we decided to go with a modern-rustic vibe because it just seemed like the most welcoming and inviting design choice. Besides, I always enjoyed the look of mixed styles and furniture pieces. On a similar note, we continued with the design style throughout our patio and thus seemingly made it work sort of as the extension of our interior. Since we live in Australia and are blessed with gorgeous weather year-round, we even had a stunning 2-person spa from Sydney installed on our patio, so that we have a place to relax and unbind whenever we feel like it.
As for the bathroom, we also decided on modern-rustic with just a touch of shabby chic. This clean aesthetics with just a touch of personal preference – style-wise – was all that our bathroom truly needed. That and some greenery, of course.
The nursery was, arguably, the most difficult room to put together, as we weren’t even sure about the gender of our future family member yet. That’s why we opted for cute but neutral design and shades. Since we’ve agreed that we’re going to redo the nursery as soon as our baby gets old enough to be able to choose the style they wanted to have in their room, we didn’t go too crazy with styling it – we were more focused on making it cosy and inviting.
Needless to say, once the entire house was complete, all that was left to do was sit down, get comfy, put our feet up and enjoy our new abode.