Interiors + Decor

Transforming Your Home One Small Detail At A Time

By DeAndrea Douglas
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transforming your home

It’s been a little over a year since The Mister™and I bought and moved into our house. I thought I’d waltz in and constantly be working on making our place cozy and making our house home. That’s not what happened at all. We still haven’t bought some foundational furniture like a dining room table or coffee table for a host of reasons–mostly me being indecisive and not wanting to spend money or time on something I won’t like. However, I have found other ways to make our place feel lived-in and welcoming.

Let’s look at a few ways of turning our living spaces from “average” to “fabulous” without tearing down walls or emptying our wallets. You read that right—it’s the little things that add that special sparkle to our homes. One small change here and there can transform your entire living space, so let’s take a look at how you can do it. 

The Wonderful World Of Scents

Okay, let’s start with the nose, shall we? Forget the usual candle routine. Have you considered the amazing benefits of using fragrance oils yet? These tiny bottles of liquid can flip the vibe of a room. Imagine stepping into the kitchen and being delighted by a zesty citrus or being greeted in your bedroom by a gentle cloud of vanilla. Pop your chosen scent into an electric diffuser or a chic bowl with cotton balls. It’s seriously one of the quickest ways to set the vibe you’re going for.

Cozy Lighting 101

Next up is lighting. Never, ever, ever turn on the big overhead light. I’m only half kidding. Ditch the harsh overhead lights that scream grocery store because it’s all about soft, warm lighting that invites you to relax. Scatter some small lamps around or sneak under-cabinet lighting on your shelves. And hey, why not add a dimmer? It’s like having a mood ring for your room, going from “bright and buzzy” morning to “soft and soothing” evening with a flick. if you have a smart home device you could program it to do this automatically.

Creating Your Cozy Corner

For a house to feel like home, you want to have a cozy spot where you do whatever you do to relax and recharge. Want to read a book with zero distractions or scroll on social media for a few uninterrupted minutes? You need a cozy corner. Pick a quiet spot, throw in a plush chair, a small table, a light, a soft blanket, and boom—you’ve got your own little getaway. Keep your favorite reads, a charger, and a notebook close by for those moments of inspiration.

Touch And Feel: Keep Your Texture Game Strong

Now, let’s talk touch. Textures bring the warmth and personality any space craves, all without making a sound. How about draping a chunky blanket over the couch, or feeling the softness of a fluffy rug under the coffee table? It’s all in the touch—the right textures make your home a haven of comfort.

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A Door That Says ‘You’

Believe it or not, your front door can be a bold statement piece. Skip the standard issue and paint it a color that feels like you—a color that makes you smile every time you drive in. A vibrant red that says “Hello, world!” or a calm blue that whispers “Welcome home.” Just make sure your HOA is okay with it if you have one. But it’s not just about paint—a welcome mat or a custom nameplate can add that chef’s kiss to your home’s first impression.

Window Wonders

Last but not least, windows. Sure, curtains and blinds do the job, but why not kick it up a notch? Try your hand at DIY stained glass effects or stick-on films that play with the light. We used stick-on film for the 3 small windows in our living room so light still comes in, but our neighbors can’t see inside. The room would be very dark most of the time if we had opted for blinds.

Transforming your home isn’t about big moves; it’s about sprinkling little bits of you all around, making each corner a testament to your personality and style. Small tweaks over time will allow you to carefully and thoughtfully craft the vibe of your space and keep you from breaking the bank while doing it!