What makes a house a home? It’s the little touches, the colors or lack of them, the furniture that's functional or antique, the art on the walls that speaks to your taste in things. It’s when your home is an extension of your personality in every way possible. Underlying every perfect home are a few common elements that make it functional and livable, you interpret them in your own unique way but the basics build a beautiful living space.
Here's our list of 10 absolute must haves that bring a home together perfectly.
A Beautiful Bed
Great bedrooms make for sweet dreamsYour home is a place to rest and rejuvenate, so this list starts with the bed. When it comes to your bed do you like it high or low or on the floor? Quaintly antique or super modern straight lines? The bed is the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, choose a style that is comfortably chic and has personality to boot. We've discussed beds in detail in ‘Floor beds – Yes or no’ and seasonal decorating for the bedroom in ‘8 Low commitment ideas to bring spring into the bedroom’. Use our stylish tips for bedroom décor bliss.
A Cozy Couch
Curl up on a comfy couch
Whatever you choose to call it, the sofa/ couch/ settee, you'll be spending a lot of your time on this piece of furniture, reading the morning paper or catching a flick on TV in the evening. Pick the couch to fit your lifestyle and make sure it lasts for years to come with the handy tips in our post on 'How to pick the perfect couch'.
Keep books and personal items handy in a bedside tableA bedside table is a simple convenience, it's an easy and small, storage cum display for the bedroom that ensures you'll always have personal conveniences close by through the night. It's also a great place to prop-up a frame with a favorite family photograph, a glass of water, your current read and stock your vitamins. Comfortable and convenient but also personal and decor appropriate, so don't do without! Read our post 'Why bedside tables' for more ideas'.
A Delicious Dining Room
Be the hostess with the mostest with an amazing dining roomEnjoy your own hospitality by creating the perfect dining room for every occasion, entertaining friends, a family get together or a quiet romantic meal. Your dining room is where everyone gathers to share a mouthwatering meal, conversation and laughs. Make the experience special with a little help from us, read our post on ‘A fine dining experience’, to get started.
A Beckoning Bathroom
Make your bathroom as individual as you are with eclectic decorWash away the stress of the day with a long soak or a pressure-jet shower. Your bathroom should be your personal spa cum sanctuary, retreat to this room to enjoy some quality ‘me’ time and read our post on 'Simple decorating ideas for the bathroom', to personalize it with heavenly but oh-so-simple ideas.
Do decorated shelves for added decor dramaWe all go through life collecting things that are personal to us like souvenirs from travels and books collected over time. Everything that comes into a home should have a space for it to go, this will help avoid that cluttered, unkempt look. Updated modern shelving can be a punchy style statement and is a decor must have. Browse through our post on '8 Interesting ways with shelves' to get it right.
Stunning storage out in plain sightEvery home needs storage, the more the better in most cases! Time to be super storage savvy, as suggested in our post 'Hiding storage in plain sight'. You can keep everything neatly stored and easily available at the same time.
Bring some green into your home
Clocks can double up as a decor theme
We're constantly on the clock, dashing to office or to school, or slowing down to catch the daily 9 o'clock tele serial! The comings and goings of various members of the household need the perfect time piece to keep things running smoothly. Be on time and in style with the suggestions in our post on 'Decorating with clocks'.