Learning to Love a New Home

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.


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.

Make Your Bedroom the Coziest Room in Your Home

Make Your Bedroom the Coziest Room in Your Home


Your bedroom should be the coziest space you have in your home. It should be your haven that is exactly as you want it. A place where you can do away with convention and be perfectly at ease. Some of the suggestions would make your grandmothers hair stand on end, but it is more vital that your bedroom is your space where you can be the real you.

Fewer Sheets

Sets of bedclothes usually have a top sheet included. This can be a nuisance. They never stay in the right place with your other bed linen, and can get very uncomfortable, so do away with them. You won’t miss them and in fact, will have a better nights sleep without it.

Choose The Right Window Dressing


Regardless of if you have a small window because your bedroom is in the attic, or a large window that opens onto a terrace, the window dressing can affect the whole atmosphere of your room. The choice is enormous from blinds at Carpet One to drapes that are flimsy or heavy. Pick the window dressing that you think best suits your room.


Lighting is very important. Traditional lights and lamps can be boring, so why not try something totally different. Fairy lights look good and add a warm glow to the room. If you need something brighter to read by, have a statement light at the side of your bed.

Replace The Comforter With Throws

Big, chunky throws can be much more comfortable to curl up in than a traditional comforter, and they take less looking after.  You can have 2 or 3 on your bed, and then there are no arguments when your partner curls himself or herself up in one, there will still be plenty left to keep you warm too. There will not be so much bed making either if you use throws. There is no rule that says you must make your bed each day, and with throws that really is the case because as the name suggests you just throw them on and it does not matter how they land.



Just a bed frame against the wall can make your interior feel cold. Invest in a headboard to make it cozier, or even make one yourself.  They do not have to be fixed to the bed or the wall as they can be totally free standing.

Add A Canopy

Placing your bed in a recess will make it feel cozier, but if that is not possible consider adding a canopy. That enclosed perception can go a long way towards you feeling snug and warm.

Use Cozy Colors

Bright colors will not encourage rest and sleep and will have the opposite effect, Use cozy colors that will enhance a relaxing mood, such as beiges, greys and even white.  Autumn shades are good for this purpose too.

Your bedroom should be the place where you go to relax, and not just for sleep. Make it a room that is great to be in for you, and your partner, as no one else matters in this particular space.



“Made With Love” Small Makers Gift Guide

“Made With Love” Small Makers Gift Guide

“Made With Love ” Gift Guide


603 Creations
Business location: New Hampshire
Personalized home décor and gifts that help to make your house a home. 603 Creations specialize in custom signs with a variety of choices in frame styles and colors.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
$5 off your next order with promo code FENWAY5 through 02/14/18.


Business location: Alabama
Adorned was started to help encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Wear and treasure a piece of handmade jewelry as daily reminder of something you hold dear.

Special Gift Guide Offer: Receive 10% off your order with promo code GIFTGUIDE

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The Artistic Sparrow
Business location:  Edmonton, Canada
“Here at The Artistic Sparrow we make modern farmhouse wood signs. Our wood signs are handmade with love and care. Our hope is that each sign brings you happiness and inspiration to brighten your days for years to come. We hope you love our signs as much as we love making them.”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Betsey Grace Designs
Business location: Wisconsin
“I mostly create farmhouse style decor & gifts. My favorite items to make are shirts, signs, hand towels, and most recently ornaments. I started my shop about a year ago and I’m so thankful that I did because it brings me great joy to create and I have met so many incredible people along this journey. I feel so proud to be a part of the maker community because the love and support that the creators I’ve met along the way share with one another is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I’m also so thankful for every customer that comes my way, I can’t express how happy it makes me when I see something that I made bring happiness and excitement to someones day.”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Birds and Berry Studio
Business location: Wyoming
Anne Hockenberry is the artist behind Birds and Berry Studio and she’s all about seeing the beauty in life. Her art portrays the vibrant colors of the world around her. Anne is inspired by nature, but she also loves to get inspiration from others by creating commissioned pieces to help others preserve their special memories. She creates and offers art as original art on canvas, watercolor cards, and art prints.
www.etsy.com/shop/birdsandberrystudio and www.birdsandberrystudio.com

Special Gift Guide Offer:
15% off original art, select prints, and cards use code VALENTINES15 Expires 2/28/18.

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Betty and Marie Designs
Business location: Arkansas
Hand crafted signs…from our hands to your home.
“I put a lot of heart into each part of the sign making process. I work hard to ensure the very best quality and attention to detail in each and every sign.  My goal is to provide high quality, inspiring, meaningful and fun signs that you will be proud to display in your home or to give as a special gift.”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your order with promo code MADEWITHLOVE15 through 02/14/18.


Brave Season Design
Business location: Minnesota
“We are a husband and wife team working out of our woodshop (aka garage) in central Minnesota – inspired by our two children, fueled by a little bit of coffee and a lot of faith – creating handmade custom signs and wall art that bring joy into your life and home! We started out with a specific vision in mind, but our amazing friends and family have requested signs that have stretched us creatively and now a large percentage of the signs we make are custom orders and we love every minute of it!”


Business location: Wisconsin
Unique handmade jewelry from everyday essential oil diffuser bracelets to delicate bridal pearl necklaces. Cadorah’s mission; to be an eye for style that inspires women to feel confident and beautiful.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your next purchase. Use promo code VALENTINE at checkout.


The Content Crown
Business location: Arizona
“I design & create handmade handbags, jewelry and home accessories from reclaimed vintage wares and repurposed finds. I love creating on-of-a-kind items from things of the past, giving them new purpose.”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your purchase with code XOXO18 through 02/14/18.


The Curated Farmhouse
(formerly Coffee Crafts and Chaos and TimberKnot Woodworking )
Business location: Missouri
“The handmade wooden chippy hearts are sure to bring a farmhouse feel to any home. They range in size from 4″-11” and come in chippy, stained or choice of color finish. These can also be engraved with the name, date or short phrase for a $5 additional charge.

Follow us on Instagram: @coffeecraftsandchaos and @timberknotwoodworking

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off with promo code LOVE15


Dandelion Wishes Home
Business location: Ohio
Dandelion Wishes Home is a makers of farmhouse wood signs and unique home goods.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off your next order with prom code VDAY20 through 02/08/18.


The Farmer’s Wife
Business location: Iowa
Vintage farmhouse creations for your home. From vintage door knobs, to thimbles filled with faux mini succulents you will be sure to find something unique for your home. www.thefarmerswifeiniowa.com

Special Gift Guide Offer: Receive 10% off your order with promo code TFW10

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Four Sisters Farm Soap Co.
Business location: Missouri
Four Sisters Farm Soap Co. is a little farm nestled against the woods, down a lonely dirt road. Where imagination dwells, fun inspires and life is always happening. Handmade natural soaps. Vegan friendly.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 25% off your order with promo code MAKER


GamGamz Handcrafted
Business location: Michigan
Handmade pillow covers, scarves, and linens in a range of sizes and patterns. A little something for everyone!

Special Gift Guide Offer: 20% off entire shop use code LOVE18 Expires 2/16/18.


The Honey Hive Workshop
Business location: Okotoks, Canada
From headbands to bookmarksthe cutest handcrafted felt creations made for busy bees. Custom orders are welcome.

Special Gift Guide Offer:  Use code FENWAYGG for 10% off your entire order.


House Fenway
Business location: Wisconsin
Home décor with a vintage touch. Prints and notecards now available perfect for your Spring decorating.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
2 FREE House Fenway floral notecards with a print purchase through 02/14/18. No promo code needed.


Jackson Rose Candles
Business location: Georgia
Blending traditional and modern Southern aesthetics, Jackson Rose Candles bring a piece of the South to you wherever you are. Our candles are handpoured in small batches using 100% soy wax and non-toxic fragrances.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your next order with promo code HEYYALL


Jennifer Accents
Business location: Utah
At Jennifer Accents we love to make something unique and different for every customer! Each custom wood sign is carefully handcrafted to make something special for everyone. No two signs are ever going to be alike, and all customizations are up to the buyer. Decorating my house is something that I have always loved to do, but always thought that retail chain stores were quite pricey, so I decided to make my own! These signs are super affordable, ranging from $15-30 dollars (prices do vary depending on size) I also offer seasonal décor to make your house feel like a home during those special holiday seasons. I love what I do and I love making something unique and something that you will cherish in your home, or gift to someone else. I take pride in the things that I choose to display in my home and I would hope that that is how others feel when they purchase an item from my shop. Since starting my little family, I have enjoyed making my house feel like a home, and I think that most people feel this way as well! The funds that I obtain from my small little shop are put in a bank account for my one year old son so that by the time he is 18 he can attend college, or serve an LDS Mission if he wishes to, so every purchase that I get through this shop really means a lot to me, and makes me appreciate every single one of my customers. If you would like to see more of my work, please feel free to visit my shop:

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off your next order with promo code JACCENTS20


Business location: Michigan
Where our love of handmade meets our love of antiques. Here at Keytiques, we enjoy re-purposing one of a kind vintage finds into new designs.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off your order with promo code FENWAY20 now through 02/14/18.


KR Creations
Business location: Oregon
Mark and Kim Reynolds​ are the husband and wife team behind KR Creations. They have a passion for upcycling and giving old items a new life. KR Creations handcraft wood signs and home decor made from Oregon reclaimed wood including pine, cedar and oak. Custom orders are welcome.


La Dolce Vita
Business location: Louisiana
Blessing Beads, otherwise known as “jewelry for your home”, makes the perfect home accent, wedding, birthday or housewarming gift. Made of painted wood beads and plaster charms, La Dolce Vita blessing beads are offered in a wide selection of colors and sizes. Custom orders are welcome.

To place an order or for more information contact Amy Greco: Send her an email >.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off your order using promo code FENWAY20 




Little Creek Uniques
Business location: Indiana
Handmade home décor and unique vintage finds! Lettered signs, shirts and bags that make the perfect gift.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your order with promo code LITTLESHOP



Local Stature
Business location: South Carolina
We are a husband and wife team who strive to create personalized art that shows off places that are meaningful to you – where you’ve been, where you are, and where you call home! We love to take custom orders, so please send us a message with any inquiries.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your next order with promo code HOUSEFENWAY


The Macadamia Shop
Business location: New York
The Macadamia Shop sells high-quality wood signs, handmade home decor and vintage botanicals.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your order with promo code HOUSEFENWAY through 2/28/18.

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Memo Box
Business location: California
MEMO Box makes gifting a breeze! What does that mean exactly? Well, think of an occasion where you needed a gift- whether it was a birthday, your friend got a new place or you simply wanted to send a good friend a “just because” gift. Usually you go to multiple stores to gather your products/gifts, then you have to figure out shipping, and finally you have to package it up and make it look all pretty. Well, MEMO Box does all of that for you! I wanted to make life a little easier for people and give them a place to go and get their gifting done all in one place!
MEMO Box offers curated gift options or you are can create your own with any of the products on the website. An added bonus is that you are supporting other small businesses. The majority of the products I offer are sourced from Etsy sellers as well as some local businesses- all of which make your gift that much more unique and personal!


Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your order with promo code VDAY10 now through 02/16/18.


MNK Candle
Business location: Ohio
“I am a small town girl who has always had an affinity for candles and home decor. I started this journey as a new mom looking for something to do as a hobby and a creative outlet. I have taken that hobby and created products people love by giving them a healthier and cleaner alternative when it comes to candles. These candles are made with Natural USA farmed Soywax and Phthalate Free Fragrance.”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 30% off your next order with promo code DESTASH30 (quantities limited).


Mumli Creates
Business location: Oregon
Handmade buntings and banners for home and party decor.
Shop Reopens Feb 2nd.


Nora Ladelle

Business location: Florida
Words have power. It is my prayer to paint words that share the love of God, speak wisdom and truth, words that can inspire, encourage, and motivate you.

The inspiration for my shop name came from my great-grandmother. I called her Granny Gibby, but her name was Nora Ladelle. She always knew just the right words to say. She was genuinely kind, humble, and had a BIG ole heart for Jesus. If I close my eyes, I can still smell her house, hear her voice and picture her with her arms held high worshipping Jesus.

Handcrafted wood signs.


Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your next purchase with promo code GIFTGUIDE10


Oh Celia Creations
Rustic ribbon and fabric buntings perfect for any coffee bar, fireplace mantel or hutch. Orders taken by direct message on Instagram.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Mention this House Fenway posting and receive free shipping on your next order.


Business location: Idaho and Ohio
“We’re two sisters who love to create items to help you celebrate birthdays, showers, holidays, and a fun family dinner.  We make everything in our shop by hand and with the inspiration of our families, we design decor that helps make memories. You can tell by looking through our shop, we have a love for flowers.  We love to make them and we love to use them in the items we create!  Thanks for checking out our shop!”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your order with promo code HOUSEFENWAY10 through 02/28/18.


Peepal Tree
Business location: Wisconsin
Flour sack towel block printed using hand carved wood blocks, map of Wisconsin with a pure wool felt pin to put on a city of your choice. Flowers and a tiny red heart say Valentine’s Day to you best friend, wife, mother, mother in law or any love of your life!

Follow me on Facebook! www.facebook.com/peepaltr

Special Gift Guide Offer: Wisconsin Valentine Towel $14, free shipping within Wisconsin if you mention this post.

Peony Accents
Business location: California
Peony Accents offers hand painted and distressed mason jars, along with floral accents and flower pens that can be mixed to be perfect for home decor or even great gift ideas!

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off your order with promo code FENWAY20 through 02/04/18.

Pink Robyn Decor
Pink Robyn Decor specializes in handmade wood signs, using free-hand lettering without stencils, all types of mixed media, and LOTS of color. You can find us online at www.pinkrobyndecor.com.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 10% off your order using promo code PINKHOUSE10 Expires 03/01/18.


The Rustic Ranch
Business location: Pennsylvania

“A little about us. …Daniel is the one who was the passion behind the scenes, he taught us all everything we know. He is a disabled veteran, who fought for our freedom post 9/11. Sadly like most of our veterans the war was not over for him when he got home. We have made this negative into a positive with his beautiful woodworking skills. It is very relaxing and fulfilling for him to help make all of these pieces. Large or small, each piece is filled with love. His dream is to teach other veterans this talent so they too can enjoy this passion. In addition to that a portion of each sale goes to supporting our local veterans.

If you do happen to see some jewelry or smaller items posted. That would be handmade or brought back to life by yours truly. I have a passion for bringing vintage items back to life in a new fun way, and designing rustic home decor.

The Rustic Ranch does give back to the veterans in our area. We hope that eventually we will be able to help on a larger scale but for now we do what we can to help veterans in our area. We do anything from food to care packages to events and outings, it can go towards gas money to drive them to and from appointments or to get them a clean shirt. Every sale helps!


Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 15% off your next order with promo code FENWAY


Roseholm and Co.
Business location: Nevada
“Hi! My name is Megan! I’m a lucky stay at home mom who doesn’t really stay at home much because I have four beautiful kids with busy schedules! Three girls and one boy plus a devoted man in a uniform, also known as my husband, makes for a happy life!

My journey started when I became intrigued with modern calligraphy and brush lettering. After I started, I learned about all the possibilities and all the beautiful things that I could create just by writing. The gold foil came next and I fell in love with the modern pop of shininess that could be added to my wall décor.

Hand-lettered goodness for your home.


The Rusty Maple
Business location: Ohio
“My shop is all about repurposing, reusing, and recycling, but making it cute! I like making minis, (tea towel ladders, barn doors, trees, pumpkins etc)”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Sweet Pea Layne
Business location: Ohio
“SPL started early in 2017 after years of ‘trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up’. I’ve worked for a major shipping company for 20 years, and as much as I love that job, there is ZERO creativity! …After recently discovering the wonderful world of woodworking (thanks to my wonderful hubby and my dad for showing my the ropes), I dove in head first. Sweet Pea Layne was born. I hope you enjoy your new sign as much as I enjoyed making it for you!”

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 14% off your order with promo code BEMINE through 02/28/18.


Terra Cottage
Business location: California
Terra Cottage started out as a creative outlet and has become my full-time job.  I went from cutting sign frames by hand at my dining table in my 700 square foot Hollywood apartment to offering a much larger product line in both my own physical retail location at 8405 Sierra College Blvd, Suite B, Roseville, CA 95661

terracottageshop.com and terracottageshop.etsy.com.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Thirteen & Market
Business location: Texas
Thirteen & Market features modern farmhouse-inspired home decor, has a design and decorating branch, and a gives special focus to up and coming artists from around the globe.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
Receive 20% off all mugs with promo code HOUSEFENWAY through 02/14/18.


Wick + Fiber
Business location: Arizona
Wick + Fiber owned by a hard-working SAHM of seven. Specializing in hand-woven wall hangings, bunting and soy candles.

Special Gift Guide Offer:
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Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to rerun one of my first blog posts. My recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It’s one of my family’s favorite recipes and a tradtion that we partake in every year. Enjoy! ~M

Original Run Date: October 30, 2016

It is Halloween weekend! Where did October go? One of our favorite family Halloween traditions is roasting pumpkin seeds. It’s the perfect treat after spending hours gutting, carving and crafting the perfect jack o lantern face.

Here is a quick recipe to roast the perfect pumpkin seeds. My family likes them plainly salted but the seasoning choices are endless! Enjoy and have a safe and spooky Halloween! 🎃👻👹



Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Rinse pumpkin seeds off in a colander

It’s okay to leave some strings and pulp on the seeds (it adds flavor) clean off any chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the 2 Tbs of melted butter, vegetable oil or olive oil.

Pour and spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.


Sprinkle on the seasonings of your choice. Try: Salt, Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper (for a little heat), Cajun Seasoning, or Seasoning Salt. (We prefer regular salt and oilve oil)
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Store leftover seeds in an air tight container.