Inspirational words from the greats, for turning a house into a home
Buying a home is usually the first step to building a dream home – This sounds obvious and redundant, but the truth is that the ideal living space will never materialize if the interior designs in your mind remain imaginary.
There are so many fears that prevent the process of taking theoretical ideas to reality, from the fear of making mistakes to displaying poor taste or even spending too much money. Just remember that tiny steps are the key to getting things done, so take a deep breath and let the sage advice from these inspirational figures start the mental process of creating a truly beautiful home that you can call your own!
“Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
The more you strive for perfection, the more it disappears. The goal is to try and create a relaxed psychological and physical environment, especially in matters of home design where the journey could take a longer time than expected, so sit back and enjoy the process as much as you can.
Buying a house is so much easier than building a home, and putting the elements of a beautiful living space together takes time to achieve. It's a path you should try to enjoy as much as possible - There's a reason why the home you grew up in, with the shelves of old photos, frayed rugs and familiar corners often feel so much more welcoming than a sparkling new house untainted with memories gathered over time!
“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating.” Albert Hadley
We all desire a cosy and comfortable living environment, and sometimes getting all the right details right can be overwhelming. Human beings are basically homebodies, and our homes should be a reflection of our lifestyles and what we like. Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like will ever go out of style! Strive to keep nothing that you don't know to be at least marginally useful or believe to be beautiful. Remember to revel in the way the light falls and mingles with your chosen colour patterns and learn to observe how it changes with the seasons. Build cosy and unexpected reading corners and discover how all of this has given shape to your life and allowed you to grow into the person you want to be. In the end, you’ll be amazed that your new house is so much more than the sum of just its contents, ultimately becoming the place you call home.
"We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.” Winston Churchill
Fear is an essential part of the process, and these are wise words from the British politician and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who believes that the element of fear should be removed as much as possible when it comes to the process of decision making. For instance, if you wait until there is enough money to decorate and make a home your own, it will probably never happen. If you wait until you are able to afford to buy what you like, you might just be missing the point of building a home. Your first living space is not likely to be your last, so don’t feel like you’ll be living with every decision for the rest of your life!
Try to have fun, whether you are building everything from scratch or renovating an existing structure, this is a journey of self- discovery, so take the old, the new, the hand-me-downs, and even the pre-loved and pre-used and combine everything together to make it your own.
"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity doesn't just indicate a minimalistic style or clean angular lines, it's about removing fuss and excess and focusing on what makes a beautiful living space for you and your family. Listen to the multi-talented inventor, sculptor, and one of the greatest painters of all time! Always keep it simple and remember that true originality should be a reflection of your own style. We could all find inspiration anywhere, from nature to books, and life to literature - Take what inspires you and put your own spin on it. It can take a long time to find just the right pieces for a home, but it would be helpful to note that things don't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Home interior should not be abstract and complicated. After all, it's ultimately about the growth of family and friends, relationships and communication, so take that all life experience and make it your own.