Home Transformation

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Home Transformation

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When my husband and I moved into our first home, I remember running up and down the stairs and feeling like I was playing house.  I remember looking around and thinking "who would entrust us with a home?".  I must confess, I even wondered if the bank would change its mind and realize that they had just given a house to very inexperienced people and come knocking on our door one day to try to take it back.  Foolish thoughts, I know!  But it was a very brand new chapter in my life, one filled with both happy wonder and lots of wandering on the road to turn our house into a home.
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As the years passed by we grew more and more into our home.  Every nook, every spot, each held its own story about how it came to be and why.  As I walked around in our home, I could look around and recall the excitement I felt when I stumbled into our decorations-turned-treasures.  I could look around and know just how much of our effort went into picking something out, paying for it, bringing it home, setting it up and eventually sharing it with those who entered our home.  Each item has its own story.  
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Though moving into and filling a home can be a stressful process, it doesn't have to feel like a never-ending chore.  Here's a few tips to help you get, and stay, motivated throughout the process:
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  1.  Know thy likes.  Take some time to observe and gather images of styles, patterns and colors that you like.  While walking through a store can lead to brainstorming and inspiration, not having an idea of your own style will complicate and lengthen the process, leaving you to wander in endless aisles and stores feeling frustrated with no direction.  Taking a little time to learn more about your style preferences will help you discover the styles that you prefer, and in turn help you discover stores and suppliers that carry items that reflect your personal style.
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  2. Know thy limits.  Impulse purchases can be some of the best items you bring into a home as they often turn into conversation pieces because of the vivid stories behind them.  However, in order to make wise impulse purchases, we should have an idea of what limits we need to maintain.  Sometimes limits come in terms of budget, sizes, colors, patterns and time-frames, among other criteria, and it's important to know which of those limits is the most important we keep.  Being on the hunt for something that has no criteria can lead to purchases that don't serve your home or your budget well, so don't think of limits as a negative thing, rather, think of it as a tool for helping you identify what you don't want and what you don't need.
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  3. Know thy goals.  What are your aspirations for your home?  What feelings do you want your home to convey to you and what is the theme your home should communicate to others?  Homes are very personal spaces, which is why it's so great to personalize them to reflect our own personality.  Homes are a place where you get to decide how you want your environment to feel and look like.  Before you venture down the road of making over your home, take some time to learn how you want to feel in your home.  Then find pieces that support those themes and let everything that you bring into your home have a way of expressing or connecting back to that style and emotion.
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Life is filled with wonder, and so are our homes.  Within them lie the treasures that help tell our stories, shape our days and enlighten our tomorrows.  Within them lie the power to transform us as we transform them and help us step into our life, confidently knowing where we can come home to belong.
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While I stepped into our first home feeling like I was playing house, as our house transformed into our home I realized that its transformation had brought me along on the journey, and our home had grown me into knowing that there was a place where I belonged, a place I could identify with and a place that would express my personality to others.  I grew from feeling like I was playing house, to feeling and knowing that our house was our home.
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What have you enjoyed the most while being in the process of transforming your house into a home?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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