PEARL RIVER, N.Y. – “Hom-ey, adjective; comfortable or familiar like home.” This definition from Merriam-Webster may be short, but it is definitely not lacking in sweet. Perhaps the feeling of home is one too grand to tackle with words. We strive to make our spaces feel like our own for many reasons; to ease our minds, promote an upbeat attitude and to have something to look forward to retreating into at the end of the day.
A key way to make a house homey is to add a personal touch wherever you can. In today’s world of technology and homogenous, machine-made items, we sometimes forget the importance of owning something unique in our homes, something that represents our personalities and passions. Sally Morse, creative director at Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, offers tips on how to achieve this look.
Light the Way
Picking the right accessories and decorative items for your home is important, but having the right basics is essential. “A great place to start on any design project is with lighting,” Morse advises. “The correct lighting sets the perfect ambiance.” Search for lighting fixtures that will catch a person’s eye the minute they walk into your space, not only because it’s the brightest spot, but because they don’t want to look away. There are so many different ambiances any light fixture can give off, from rustic with re-purposed mason jars to luxurious with crystal chandeliers. Shop around for a look that works for you, or seek out custom crafted items if you can’t find the “wow” factor you’re looking for in-store.
Dress Up Your Hobbies
Favorite photographs and sentimental items placed around the home are a great way to evoke feelings of joy and boost your mood. You can take it a step further, however, by artfully turning your hobbies into stylish décor accents. “It’s important not to make this look like a childhood art project, but rather paying homage to a favorite sport or vacation spot,” Morse advises. If tennis is your game, for example, give a nod to the vintage side and place antique wooden racquets in a design on the wall. If you’ve got an impressive jewelry collection, mirrored trays and glass stands are a pretty way to display your charms and trinkets.
The Human Touch
Another way to think outside the box when personalizing your home is to seek out handcrafted items that offer a one-of-a-kind look. A way to do this that also adds rich style, architectural appeal and value to your home is with Heritance® hardwood shutters from Hunter Douglas. These 100 percent genuine hardwood shutters are now offered in a new Handcrafted Series set of finishing techniques that enhances the inherent character and color of natural wood, adding a feeling of warmth to a home as well as a great first impression that never stops impressing. With hand-rubbed glazing, hand-sanded frame corners, brushing and a variety of other methods, these Handcrafted Series finishes are unique in the marketplace and true to their name.
“You can mix up to three finishes for a truly custom look,” advises Morse. “Make a statement at your window and unveil all that makes your home distinctly your own.”
Not to mention, Heritance shutters offer superior light control and energy efficiency, and as an added bonus, they’re designed and assembled in the U.S.A.
New Life to Old Memories
Even if history class wasn’t your favorite subject, it’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a one-of-a-kind antique piece of furniture and all of the memories that come with it. An 18th century armoire has seen more history and special moments than many people do in an entire lifetime, and it’s exciting to imagine all of the scenes that took place before the piece found its way into your home. “People feel a distinct connection to their antiques,” Mores notes. “Walking in your front door and seeing your favorite handcrafted antique can really turn your mood around.”
Get the most out of your home by making it your own comfortable destination. “The transformation will do more than you think,” Morse notes. “You might notice a pep in your step or a certain level of pride when you love the home you put together.”
Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, N.Y, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada.
Hunter Douglas branded products are designed, developed and custom-crafted in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit www.hunterdouglas.com or call 1-800-274-2985. Visit the Hunter Douglas Facebook page at facebook.com/HunterDouglas, Pinterest at pinterest.com/hunterdouglaswf/ and YouTube at youtube.com/user/hunterdouglas . Download “The Art of Window Dressing” iPad app through a link at www.hunterdouglas.com.