The Right Hue has a guest blogger today:
Please welcome Blake Daniels!
Blake Daniels is a stay-at-home dad living with his wife and two sons in upstate New York. Blake and his family recently moved into a new home and are figuring out everything that goes along with creating your dream home. When Blake isn’t blogging or working out you can find him taking care of his lawn, spending time with his sons, or working on various projects around the house.
He’s written a wonderful post about the importance of making your house a home. He really gets it. You build memories in your home. Here’s how he’s making great ones for his family.
“My wife and I have been married for 4 years and currently have two young sons. Because of her job we have spent the better part of those 4 years moving up and down the east coast. However last year we finally decided to stay put for a bit and we took the plunge and purchased our first house. A very nice four bedroom in a great neighborhood with fantastic schools, we couldn’t be happier. My wife and I both grew up in apartments so having a backyard for our children was a big deal for us. We finally moved in November 30th 2013 and the last three months have been a whirlwind to say the least. Trying to balance everything in our lives while unpacking and setting up our new dream house was no easy task.
A few weeks ago we finally finished unpacking everything and got rid of all the boxes. My wife and I took a minute and stood in our foyer looking at our beautiful new house, but something was still missing. This big house for some reason felt unfamiliar, and did not yet feel like our home. Over the past 2 weeks I have been doing everything I can to give our house that sense of community and warmth. My wife and I plan to grow old and spend the rest of our lives here so we want a place full of memories. For all the new homeowners out there, I can now sympathize with you. I had no idea how much work went into purchasing, moving into a new home and making it feel like your own. Here are some tips I picked up from my experience on how to make your new house feel like the home you’ve always dreamed of.
Decorate With History
The first thing I did when all of the moving boxes were finally empty was to put our family portrait over the fireplace. Call me old fashioned but things like this really matter to me. I love when I walk into someone’s home and they have pictures from all generations of their family throughout the house. It is a great way to keep your loved ones in your mind and serve as fantastic conversation starters as well. I am also a sucker for family hand me downs. My wife’s father was a masterful carpenter during his life. About 30 years ago he made the most beautiful grandfather clock that stayed in my in-laws living room until they both passed away. My wife and I now have the immense pleasure of calling this clock our own and display it proudly.
A great way to start building memories in your house is to start traditions and stick to them. I have always loved the idea of a Sunday dinner with the whole family. I know at times it can seem like a chore to prepare a full meal every week on what is supposed to be a day of rest but I am going to do everything I can to have a Sunday dinner with my family each week. Traditions, no matter how big or small, are what really stick in your children’s minds growing up. This year on Christmas Eve my wife, the boys and I all watched the first showing of A Christmas Story on TV and opened one present each. It’s the little things like that which I always will remember from growing up.
Have Company Over
This one can seem a bit intimidating but afterwards you will be so glad you did it. Last week my wife and I hosted our first get together in our new place and it was fantastic. We had the whole family over and everyone had a great time. Our family is so kind too, they brought us a variety of housewarming gifts and some food, wine, and berries to snack on later. We had the opportunity to give everyone the grand tour and the boys couldn’t have been more excited to show off their new rooms. The next day there was a bit of cleanup involved but that comes with the territory. My wife and I are hoping to have a 4th of July party this summer and possibly host Thanksgiving or Christmas next year. What good is a big house if you don’t have others over to share it with?
Purchasing your first home and making it your own is a long and tedious process. However in retrospect, if you’re planning to spend the rest of your life there, it isn’t that long. There are always things to do around the house and that will never stop. But every day I wake up and feel such a strong sense of family and pride in my home. Whatever it is that makes your family unique do not be afraid to show it off. Make your house into a home and start creating those memories that last a lifetime.”