As a first time homeowner, chances are you have no idea where to start. Your first home is no longer a crash pad or a place that is a make shift living quarters for you and your significant other. Below are Flax-Design's 5 simple steps to make your house your own personal design haven:
Number 1: Get Organized
First and foremost - it's all about getting organized. If you have little to no design budget this is where you should always start. Nothing says 'I'm a grown up now' like a well curated bookcase or a super obsessive compulsive organized kitchen cabinetry.
Number 2: Create your very own Grown Up Bedroom
Make your master bedroom a place that you are proud of. No more make-shift beds or Ikea linens. This is a place to invest. After all, if you are one of the lucky ones who gets 6-8 hours of sleep, it's a place you spend a considerable amount of time in, invest!
Number 3: Add Some Greenery
Nothing makes a home feel more lived in than some greenery. This says, 'Hey, I'm old enough to take care of myself and another living thing.' If you aren't actually able to take care of house plants, then invest in some everlasting plants that look like the real deal.
Number 4: Create a Personal Sanctuary
Not everyone is a bath person or a book worm. Whatever it is that takes you to your happy place, build on it. If you are a fitness buff, dedicate some part of the house to that. This is your house after all, you should have a space that it dedicated to just you.
Number 5: Go Minimalist in the Kitchen
As a first time homeowner, not everyone is blessed with ample-sized kitchens. Make sure you have all the essentials and keep it to a bare minimum. People tend to over do it on kitchens these days, you don't need 2 juicers, 5 blenders and a massive steamer. We both know you don't use it. Especially when you are in a hurry to prepare a meal, less is most certainly more.
Most importantly, this is your very own home. Make sure it reflects you as a person and doesn't scream 'I hired a decorator or this is all hand me downs from so and so.' Make it yours!