FROM A HOUSE TO A HOME

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

The dis­tinc­tion be­tween a house and a home tech­ni­cally is quite dif­fer­ent to how most of us think it. A house is a dwelling, usu­ally made of tim­ber or bricks and mor­tar, it is the struc­ture that some­one lives in. On the other hand, a home refers to any place, ei­ther a build­ing or lo­ca­tion that some­one feels they be­long to. There’s al­ways some­thing evoca­tive about walk­ing into a house that feels like a home, a space that is trans­formed and re­flects the owner’s per­son­al­ity and per­sonal style, what­ever that may be. Here’s a few trans­form­ing tips: MEM­O­RIES, FAM­ILY AND TRAVEL MEMENTOS Fam­ily pho­tos, el­e­gantly framed and dis­played, items col­lected over a life­time, in­clud­ing travel mementos, all evoke the per­son­al­ity of the oc­cu­pier.

ADD FRA­GRANCE

Fresh flow­ers, fra­grant can­dles and oils and even cook­ing, any­thing that adds to the sense of smell, will also con­vey this house is in­deed a home.

FLOORS

Not some­thing you would nec­es­sar­ily think of, but the de­tail paid to floor­ing makes a huge dif­fer­ence. Not only does the soft un­der­foot of rugs or car­pets add in­stant com­fort, a space with floor cov­er­ings helps with sound in­su­la­tion in any given room.

LIGHT­ING

Noth­ing kills at­mos­phere like bad light­ing. Harsh over­head light­ing be­longs in the of­fi­cious places such as of­fices and sci­ence labs, not a home. Add lamps, es­pe­cially for spa­ces such as the bed­room and liv­ing ar­eas.

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