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#1 EssentialBludger

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

Do you have "stuff" on display? Flowers? Plants? Lamps and rugs? Etc.

Looking for ideas to make my home more homely, warm, cozy, inviting...

Heading off to Ikea today, hit me with your ideas!!

#2 Blueberrymummy

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

I think a nice photo frame with a picture of your family and definitely a nice cosy rug for the family room.

#3 EssentialBludger

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

We have lots of photos everywhere, I do need to put some more hooks up to hang some on the walls though, they're very bare ATM! laughing2.gif

#4 Brownie22

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

I think cushions and a nice rug help. Bonus is it is not "stuff" you have to dust or lift up and dust under. I also like a nice print on the wall. You will no doubt get plenty of inspiration at Ikea.

#5 Sentient Puddle

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

I think soft furnishings like rugs and cushions are good, as are photos (particularly in photo frames that go together). However, what I think really makes a home "homely" is stuff that tells a story of your life, your travels, your family. That stuff can't be bought from Ikea.  Oh, but bookshelves can and I love bookshelves full of books and bits and pieces picked up over the years.

#6 Kiki M

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

Personal touches, photographs, objects that have some personal meaning. But not too many, otherwise it just looks cluttered.

I always feel that carpet is more homely than boards or tiles, even though I prefer the look and maintenance of hard flooring in living areas. A rug is a good compromise.

I think it's just about finding the right balance of "stuff" so that it is welcoming and not stark and empty feeling, but not cluttered and overwhelming. Proportion and colour choice has to be taken into consideration. I'm not a big fan of house plants but that's just a personal taste thing.

Lamps are great for cosy, soft lighting.

#7 Gudrun

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Old stuff.  Cushions. Books. Magazines. Things on the walls eg shelves, a framed print or two, framed kids' pictures.  Mosaic of interesting cuttings/printouts affixed with blu-tac.  A throw or two. A standard lamp.  Pot with fabric florals/leaves.   Metal 'sculpture' or kids' or grown-up pottery pieces or something sculpted from wood.    A vase or two that look good both empty and full.   Anything that is you and not everybody else!

Edited by Gudrun, 24 February 2013 - 11:40 AM.


#8 Maniacal_laugh

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

QUOTE (Kiki M @ 24/02/2013, 09:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lamps are great for cosy, soft lighting.

this. I think good lighting is incredibly important.

#9 HRH Countrymel

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

I have inherited my ideas of 'homeliness' from my Mum.  
While adherents of a stark minimalist aesthetic probably find my home an eyesore,  for me the eclectic array of 'things' and 'treasures' artworks, antiques and comfortable unusual furniture, bright rugs and cushions and natural materials make it comfortable and welcoming. (we actually have very few photographs on show though!  I do have painted portraits of my both my parents though.)

I don't think anyone has ever come to my home for the first (or second, or third) time and not spent time asking "What is this?" "Who made this?" "What does this do?".

My kitchen is also filled with jars of preserves (many on display, along with the kitchen ephemera) and my biscuit barrel full!

But honestly?

A home is a home because people can feel the love and the welcome offered.

Have fun at IKEA OP!

#10 EssentialBludger

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:48 AM

Great ideas!!

I'm not a fan of the minimalist look, but I don't like clutter either! Lol!

Display homes make me uncomfortable Tounge1.gif

#11 Bob-the-skull

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

sadly the most we have on display here is lego...

oh and lots of photo frames... i have heaps of photos around the lounge, big individual ones and those multi-picture frames.

And a book case full of books, both adults and childrens. Some reason a book case always looks homely to me!

#12 BadCat

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

Put your collections on display.

Fond of old teddy bears?  Display them in your home.  Enjoy unusual fabrics?  Drape them, make cushions from them.

Me, I have a thing for dragons.  I have quite a few on display in the lounge room.  

Also, if you like a particular artist, or style of art, get several pieces (if you can afford them) and make them your collection.  I'm working on that one with metal arts.

Oh, and books.  If you don't have a bookcase in the living area then have somewhere that you can lay down the book you're reading near your favourite chair.  Nothing says home to me more than a book that is clearly being read by someone in the house.

Edited by O TheHugeManatee, 24 February 2013 - 11:54 AM.


#13 gina70

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

A cat or 2 or 3....

I prefer vintage/ retro stuff.  I have flying ducks on the wall as well as a couple of old bevelled mirrors.  Also a collection of china birds from Japan.  I change my cushions every year or 2.  And always fresh flowers.

#14 rocketsurgeon

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

As with PP, personal touches, photos, cushions, books, a random toy or two. Things with stories behind them. A home that gives you an idea of the people who live there.

My BIL has a show-quality home, as SIL got an interior designer to come and work some magic, but its distinctly lacking in warmth. Eg in my 9 yo niece's room there is a vision-board with carefully placed images that are supposed to be aspirational but just seem artificial and contrived. Pictures of Prada placed next to a "cute" quote, images of the Maldives, a pair of ballet flats etc not my niece's work.

#15 Senna

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

I pretty well agree with what others have said regardings cushions, rugs etc.

My only other tip would be to choose an 'accent' colour for your home.  My sister had an interior decorator come to her house and she was advised to choose a colour and only purchase accessories in that colour.  

My sister chose red, and has bought lots of red cushions, curtains, decorator vases etc in red.  It ties her home together and gives a more coordinated look.

#16 SeaPrincess

Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:59 AM

Pictures on the wall, preferably ones that actually mean something to you, not just random prints.

#17 MangoTango

Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Per the PPs I think its all about photos, flowers, a splash of colour and a comfortable lounge where everyone can sit together and relax.

A few things we have done...

Rather than putting up prints (which we have no connection to) we have chosen our favourite photos from our travels and enlarged them and put them up throughout our house. We also have a wall in the entry of our house covered with framed family photos which I absolutely love and makes me so happy to look at.  

We have a very neutral colour scheme but have accented it with a splash of colour (cushions, lamp shades, ornaments) which ties everything together nicely.

Have fun shopping today! original.gif


#18 The Old Feral

Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:19 PM

Art, books, lamps.

Natural materials eg wood, silk, wool.

Happy shopping!

#19 ~ky~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 03:35 PM

I find your home very homely, OP, bu, that would be because you are there and you are a relaxed and easy person to relax with.

#20 Fluster

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 24/02/2013, 11:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Old stuff.


Yes.  Or, rather, old, inexpensive stuff that's clean, so I don't worry about inadvertently damaging or messing something up.  I know someone with a lovely home but it's sooo pristine I feel uneasy even sitting on the couch - I inevitably perch on the end.




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