So much information that you will find about creating a home is targeted towards other people. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course – we all care what people think of our homes and want them to reflect well on us. If we are selling our home, it’s only natural to be concerned about the impression any potential buyers get.
Sometimes, however, it’s worth thinking about what you want. Be a little selfish. Don’t evaluate the decor you choose for how good it will look on Instagram or judge furniture by how well it can withstand kids playing on it – make choices just for you.
Where you do this is your discretion, of course – but let’s make a suggestion. Coming home from a long day at work is one of the sweetest moments in life. The immediate feeling of relaxation, letting your mind unwind, going through the familiar motions of settling back into your abode. Given the small pleasures in life have to be treasured, why not give your nightly homecoming a makeover?
Start With Pulling Up To The House
Especially in the dead of winter, coming home to lights being visible around the exterior of your home is a quick pick-me-up. For low-maintenance, look for solar garden lights and ornaments. If you want a touch of security along with lights to guide you home, then motion-sensor LEDs are a good idea.
Into The Garage
Freshly bolstered by the light show upon your arrival, treat yourself to one of the recommendations on Garage Automatics or ask friends for their suggestion. If it’s cold, you don’t want to be having to wrestle with the garage door yourself.
Ensure that your passage into the garage is well-organized. Use shelving along the sides of the garage to keep everything in check, so you don’t risk driving over a precious childhood toy unwittingly discarded.
Let There Be (More) Light
Garage lighting tends to be unpleasant, stark lighting that floods the area. A quick switch to battery-powered novelty lights can light the way without the same retina-startling impact.
If you often come home clutching paperwork, then handrails can help keep you upright. This is particularly worth considering if you have stairs up to your property. We can all agree it’s a simple fix that prevents you starting your evening by injuring your ankle.
What happens next depends on the room you enter into, but whichever it is, storage is important. You quickly want to shed the work-related items and your outerwear, so use shelves and coat racks to help you do that. Coat stands have a wonderful retro touch that can make them both a design and a practical choice.
Into The Kitchen
The kitchen is generally the first stop you will make, so make it a good one. If you have a coffee habit, then a pod coffee machine can welcome you home with the flick of a switch. Consider hot chocolate too – but whatever your choice of beverage, there’s few things more homely than a hot cup in hand and an evening in front of the fireplace to soothe away the stresses of the day.