Hi friends, it’s Michaela! I’m back today to share some tips on how to make a new house or apartment feel like home quickly after you’ve moved in. If you’re wondering where I’ve been the last few months, I’ve been doing just that! In May, I moved across the country from California to Michigan for my handsome boyfriend. Ever since then, it’s been a whirlwind of moving in to my first VERY own apartment, decorating, and trying to settle into a new state (that comes complete with a crazy climate change, too!) and make the place feel like home.
As a designer, I always suggest my clients buy things in stages, so that the pieces look lived in and collected. We never want our home to look like it all came from one store, you just bought a set, or decorated in a rush. Once I moved into my own place, my own suggestions were put to the test, as the urge is definitely to just get everything furnished right away. I came in with only dishes, a bed, and bedding, so I needed everything! A couch. Dining table. Chairs. Desk. Patio furniture. A new chandelier to replace my apartment’s awfully dated chandelier. Ah! I was overwhelmed and I hadn’t even been there for more than a few days. I needed to calm down, look at the big picture, and do a few things to make my apartment feel like home even though it was far from complete. Have you ever been in this situation? I’m here with some tips for you today!
1. Complete the bathroom first.
It’s small and manageable, so once it’s complete you’ll feel accomplished. I don’t know about you, but when my bathroom (the place I get ready in the morning) is a mess and out of sorts, I feel so unorganized. This totally helped my morning routine run smoothly. I went to Target to pick out some towels and floor mat, got some cute soaps, a tray, and a vintage storage cabinet to hold my extra towels for guests. Ah, sigh of relief to have that all done!
2. Pick up a few candles.
I know I share a love for the Anthropologie candles with Melissa and her daughters :) I grabbed two candles from Anthro and lit them every time I was home. This took away the vacant smell of newly painted walls and a new apartment that you’re not used to, and made it smell more inviting. Scents have a powerful way of making us feel more at “home”.
3. Fresh flowers.
I don’t have to say much here, because I’m sure we’re all on the same page with blooms. They really do cheer up your home!
If you’re sleeping in bedding you love, chances are you will get better rest. I may have just made that up, but I think it’s true :) When I moved in, I did have my bedding, and knowing that I could fall asleep in pretty, soft bedding at the end of a long day of unpacking and organizing, really aided me in feeling more at home.
5. Cleaning supplies & a tool kit.
You never know when you’ll need either of these things, and it’s always nice to have them on hand already!
Even if you don’t have huge pieces of the room decorated, it just may make you feel better if you have a few of your favorite accessories placed into vignettes around your home. This will make you feel like little corners of your home are completed. I love this sweet teacup print and recipe box in my kitchen.
7. Quotes & verses to inspire.
I always have a verse or quote on my chalkboard to keep me encouraged throughout the week!
If you recently moved, what are some tips you have to feel more at home while in the process of moving and decorating?
I’d love to hear!
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Thanks Michaela! One other note…for anyone who is in the Michigan area, or is interested in traveling there, Michaela and her friend Ashley are hosting a Bloom Workshop on September 18th! Bloom The Workshop is for creative women who want to learn about blogging, photography, interior design and styling. Here’s a cute video about the event!
How sweet are they? Check out Michaela’s post with info about the next workshop, the website for registration information, and Michaela’s recap post with beautiful photos from the first workshop (which looked like a huge success)! We are wishing we lived closer so we could attend, you definitely don’t want to miss this if you’re in the area! :)
Want more ideas for being happier at home? Check out my new book, Love the Home You Have!