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Why Off The Shelf Purchases Will Never Be Perfect For Your Home

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When you get a new home, there’s a temptation to transform the space the moment you arrive. You want it to look good, and you want it now. There’s no time to waste making your accessories or ordering your decor to custom. You’re just going to have to bite the bullet and head out to your local store. All the better for getting the space the way you want it, right?

Wrong! In reality, there are a few reasons why off the shelf purchases will never be the perfect fit for your home. There’s no denying that there are some fantastic shop bought pieces on the market. You may even buy some things which you swear complete that room in just the right way.

But, when you look at them in a few months, you may well start to question what you saw in them in the first place. It’s a common occurrence, and it’s part of the reason that so many of us feel the need to redecorate often. By comparison, home crafted or custom additions are sure to stand the test of time. But, why is it that shop-bought stuff doesn’t meet the cut?

It’s not made to fit

The chances are that you measured your windows before heading out for those blinds. Even so, it’s unlikely that you were able to find a pair which was an exact fit. Ahh, what’s half an inch between friends? The trouble is, you can bet that small overhang will soon start to irritate you in a big way. Before you know, you’re back out looking for a better fit. You know what would solve that? Biting the bullet and ordering custom options from companies like Montgomery’s, of course. And, the same rules apply to everything from your carpets to your bedding. Remember; you don’t get convenience without compromise. So, are those quick fixes worth your money?

It doesn’t reflect you


That dog ornament may have looked adorable in the shop, but doesn’t it seems lifeless on your shelf? It certainly doesn’t seem to reflect your personality, and isn’t that what decor should do? But, do you know why it doesn’t reflect you? Because it wasn’t made for you! It’s one of millions made in a factory someplace. By comparison, an ornament which you’ve handcrafted is sure to say a whole load more about who you are and what matters to you.

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It doesn’t have any real meaning

When you make or commission something for your house, it becomes meaningful. It’s a one-of-a-kind product just for you and your rooms. Every time you look at it, it reminds you of a time or experience. By comparison, shop-bought home stuff is pretty meaningless. No matter how much you like it, there’s a chance you won’t think twice about chucking it when the new season rolls around. If you operate that way, though, you could soon look at spending a fortune. Not to mention that you’ll struggle ever really to feel at home.

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Maker’s Monday: Wildflower Parade

It’s Maker’s Monday! I hope you have enjoyed the blog series so far. It has been an amazing journey, meeting wonderful makers, sharing their passion and craft and highlighting their small businesses. I’ll be taking a holiday break from the series and will be picking back up after the New Year. Next week Monday is the launch of House Fenway’s 2nd Annual Holiday Small Maker’s Gift Guide. A guide highlighting 60+ makers, offering tons of promotions, and gift ideas for the holidays. I hope you check it out!

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Meet Wildflower Parade

This week’s maker is a busy lady with a wonderful talent. Meet Alicia from Wildflower Parade , a SAHM of four amazing kiddos with a knack for sewing. Alicia started the business with the motivation of reducing the use of “throw-away items” such as napkins, paper towel and grocery bags. This motivation was not only a step to become more eco-friendly but a smarter way to save money on dispensable products.

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Wildflower Parade offers an array of products and styles to help you become more eco-friendly without compromising style! Check out Alicia’s Etsy shop for the full selection of product: Wildflower Parade

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

James + McLain

Say In In Burlap

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Learning to Love a New Home

Are you worried that you haven’t made the right decision with your move? It might be too late to turn back the clock now, but you most likely wouldn’t need to. It’s only natural to start doubting such a major decision, even if you’re worrying over nothing. Here, we’re going to look at how you can start to put those doubts behind you and to love your new home as soon as possible.

Plan for its weaknesses

When you’re uncertain about something, it becomes much easier to pick up flaws and to really start fixating on them. Is there an issue with your new home? Start planning for how you’re going to address it now. If there isn’t a lot of physical room, start planning on how to create a sensation of more space. If there’s less natural light, then think about how you’re going to change the window treatments to allow more sunlight in or how you’re going to add new light fixtures to make up for it. Obsess over the solutions, not the problems.

Give yourself time to acclimate (and unpack)

If you spend all the moving day packing, cleaning, and unpacking, you might end up spending your first night in a home that’s almost entirely empty. Make sure you arrange for movers to help you get your stuff there and unpacked all the sooner. That way, you can start adding your own design touches and enjoy your first night getting used to the home. Otherwise, you will be arriving in the dark, stressed out, and with few luxuries to keep you company.

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Engage the senses

Decor isn’t the only way to make your home your own. All the senses can play a vital role in helping to engage you emotionally and to make you feel at home. More and more people are finding that aromatherapy has a profound effect on their mood. Finding your favorite scent and lighting a candle or incense to help spread it through the home can give you something familiar to ground yourself with. What’s more, it’s a great stress buster. Once you shrug off that stress, you can free your mind to see the positive in your situation.

Surround yourself in what you love

Familiarity can be key, but there are new ways to engage yourself in familiarity, as oxymoronic as that sounds. You don’t have to decorate your new place exactly like the old one. For instance, you can look at ways to incorporate your hobby into your décor. Hang some of your favorite record covers on the wall or get your favorite movie posters framed. It helps you establish your personality and identity on the home but without feeling like you have to try and replicate the home you left behind. Doing that can only make you miss it more, especially if all your old stuff doesn’t fit the new space in the same way.

Moving into a new home is a naturally alienating experience for those who love their status quo. Hopefully, the tips above help you acclimate to it a little more quickly, so you can start to really love it.

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Maker’s Monday: James + McLain

October has flown by and we are already at our last Monday of the month. Boy, does time sure fly! I can’t help but get the itch to start changing up decor in the house to transition with the seasons. Down come the jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and spider webs for a much cozier, homespun atmosphere. No, I’m not going full-blown Christmas (that would be crazy!), but hints of evergreen, wood and other natural elements to slowly transition to a full-on Christmas wonderland. This Maker’s Monday featured shop has just the decor to get me there, James + McLain.

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James + McLain specializes in hand-painted wood signs and decor with a pleasing neutral palette and extremely high-quality. Their wood signs are the perfect addition to any gallery wall, fireplace mantel or coffee bar.

Here is a glimpse at some of James + McLain’s beautiful work:

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James + McLain, located in the heart of Texas, offers custom sign orders — perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or to welcome a new little one to the family.

Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo for James + McLain and check out these amazing wood signs. This week enjoy 10% off your purchase with promo code HAPPYFALL at checkout. Happy shopping!

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

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Cozy, Not Cramped: How To Make Small Space Feel Bigger

 

 

No matter how big our homes may be, they never quite seem big enough. Unfortunately, if you have a particularly small house, then this probably means that you wish it were a lot larger. Unless you plan to build extra rooms or extensions onto your property, there is no way to add any additional physical space, but that doesn’t mean that you should have to settle for a cramped and uncomfortable home. In fact, there are lots of ways you can make the most of your space and make it seem much bigger than it is. With that in mind, here are four clever tips for you to try.

Clear Away The Clutter

Cluttered spaces always look small and cramped, so your first step should be clearing out any unnecessary junk and moving it elsewhere. This might mean throwing it away, putting it into storage, or selling it on to someone else. You should also consider switching out some of your furniture for multipurpose alternatives, like an ottoman that can be used as a seat, table, and storage. This will instantly make the space feel roomier and means that you’ll have less to clean.

Design The Lighting Carefully

Lighting can truly make or break a room, so it’s vital that you get your design right. Instead of relying on a single overhead light, you should add multiple light sources throughout each of your rooms, including table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, fairy lights, and candles. This allows you to light up the entire room, which will naturally make it appear larger. It also means that you can change your lighting depending on the time of day or situation.

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Switch Up The Windows

Natural light is and will always be the most important light source, so you need to make sure that you boost the natural light in your home as much as you can. You can do this by switching to light and airy fabrics for your window treatments. You might even consider replacement windows if your current ones fail to bring in enough sunlight. Dirt and grime on your windows can distract the eye and keep light from coming in, so you should clean the glass inside and out regularly.

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Opt For Cool Colors

White reflects light back into a space, making it appear much brighter and larger than darker colors do. For this reason, you should incorporate as much white into your home as you can. Of course, an entirely white property might look a little odd, so you can mix things up a little by adding cool tones like light greens and blues. Try to keep your window treatments the same color as your walls, as this gives the illusion that your rooms go even further.

Your home may be small, but that doesn’t mean that it should be cramped too. Instead of settling for an uncomfortable and unwelcoming space, you need to make a change. With the tips above, you should have no trouble turning your tiny home into a cozy paradise.