HOW TO MAKE MY HOUSE A HOME
It has been three and a half year now, since my boyfriend and I moved in together. I wouldn’t exactly call what we had a long distance relationship, since in the Netherlands you actually never live very far away, but me renting a tiny studio in Utrecht and Lennart living on the island Texel, definitely was something we loved seeing differently after being together (but apart) for seven years already.
Houses in Amsterdam, at least the slightly affordable ones, are quite expensive. I’ve got friends who live in something that is practically a broom closet and pay 1600 euros basic rent per month. You can image how excited we were when we got the keys of our appartment that had 3 bedrooms, a spacious livingroom, 2 balconies and only a 15 minute bike ride away from the city center.. for a fairly good price. The aesthetics freak in me already started decorating before we even finished cleaning up the mess the previous tenants left us, that’s how excited I was to build this home for the two of us.
And then it hit me: as much as I know what style I like on me when it comes to my sartorial choices, I have no clue what I want my house to look like. There. I said it. I love a white, Scandi style, but don’t want our house to feel like a show room. Or a hospital. Apparently, there’s a thin line between a house that looks minimalistic and one that just look plain ass boring. You know I love a good minimalistic house, but wouldn’t want to come home in a house that doesn’t look there’s actually someone living in it. You get what I mean, right?
Ah well, I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just love to play around with my interior a bit and don’t really stick to one style, switch from pretty minimal to a bit more cosy. From all white errrthang to adding a dash of colour every now and then, and work with natural materials on the other hand, but artificial materials on the other. All with one goal: to finally make that house a home. I’ve been on the hunt for a cool rug and a pretty – but comfy – chair for quite a while now, but it looks like I just need to be a little bit more patient. Or improve my home shopping skills. Will keep you updated.
Src: My Unfinished Home, Convoy, The Zoe Report, My Scandinavian Home