How Much Does Your Home Reflect Your Personality?

We’ve been in our home for 6 months now, and downstairs is pretty much finished when it comes to the decorating. I think our house completely reflects my family- frugal, old fashioned and practical.

If there’s one thing that’s more important than anything else when you’re choosing how to decorate and design your home it should be personality. We all know that strange feeling when you walk into someone’s home and just feel… nothing. It’s as though there simply isn’t any life in the entire place. A lot of the time this ends up happening because the home simply doesn’t have anything to set it apart from any other. It ends up feeling more like a showroom than a home where people live and make memories. Clinical and beige (or worse… white!)

The best way to bring some personality into your home is to turn the whole thing into a reflection of who you are. Use your home to show off your own personality, and you’ll be able to turn it into somewhere unique. Luckily, doing that isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think! Here are some easy things that you can do to bring your personality into your home.

Show off your interests and personality

What’s more, personal that your own memories and experiences? Nothing brings life and personality into a home faster than collections of pictures of friends and loved ones. Not only does it provide you with a great way to decorate your home but it also lets you hold onto and enjoy those precious memories as much as possible. When you have kids, frame their drawings and display them throughout the house as well to show them how much they mean to you. I’ll be honest, my kitchen doesn’t do framed art by the kids. Every cupboard had school projects blue-tacked onto the cupboards and doors.

My house is full of books. My living room has a growing number of shelves going up full of books. We love books. Knitting, gardening, child development, parenting, sewing, animal kingdom, farming, and vintage living books fill the walls. I have an old fashioned (hand made) book cabinet full of novels. The books spill up the stairs and onto the landing- history books, and board game rule books, our bedroom always has the current reading list on the bedside tables.

Our handmade bookcase is 100 years old and was FREE! Stuffed with novels.
Our handmade bookcase is 100 years old and was FREE! Stuffed with novels.

I have a corner of the lounge dedicated to my crochet, knitting and sewing. Wool nearly as high as the ceiling surrounds my arm chair. Little cubby holes all over the house hide board games, some rare some common.

The kitchen is full of pickling jars, recipe books and tools for preserving our food.

And I would still consider us experts at decluttering… we do need another big declutter session soon though.

Go unique

There are few things that can make a home seem totally generic than having the same furniture or decorations as everyone else. The rise of chain homeware stores has meant that far too many of us simply end up with the same stuff, leaving our homes looking totally interchangeable. If you want to avoid this, then go the extra mile and find places that sell unique and interesting decoration ideas. There are plenty of places online that do this and, if you make a trip to your local town or city, you’re pretty likely to find some smaller stores that sell things that you’d never be able to find anywhere else.

Hidey holes all around the house hide board games!
Hidey holes all around the house hide board games!

We have a local warehouse that sells home furnishings, clothes, textiles and bric-a-brac that is all completely unique and old fashioned. I have a 1940’s wardrobe that cost a tenner, and even my fireplace came from there. I had a guess that it’s from the 1930’s, and I don’t know anyone else who has the same fireplace as us!

People have come to my home and likened it to a living museum, or even a little farm cottage… it’s just a 1920’s council house! People love exploring my shelves and borrowing books. Many hours I have spent with friends sat around the fireplace knitting. I certainly do not have a generic show home house!

 

Whipping up an Aunt Ruby's pudding on the #vintage kitchenette. #1940s #retro #cooking #baking

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WIN- Tickets To The Baby Show and an Amazing Poddle Pod Bundle!

I am so excited about this wonderful giveaway I have for you all this week! The Newhouse Family are massive fans of The Baby Show, and we can often be found scooting up and down the stall, oohing and cooing at all of the amazing brands and offers available over the weekend. This March get ready to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience at the UK’s leading parenting and pregnancy event of the year. From Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of March The Baby Show with MadeForMums will be taking place at the ExCel in London. You will find everything you could ever dream of for bump, baby and you- all under one roof, for 3 whole days.

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We last visited the Baby Show at the ExCel in 2015, and we were amazed by the ease and whole experience that the show had to offer. You can read our review of the show here.

The London ExCel Baby Show 2017

There will be over 200 exhibitors and a huge array of essential baby products from trusted brands as well as the latest, exciting innovations. All of the major retailers will be there (don’t think little ‘pop up’ stalls… some exhibitor stands are as large as full sized high street shops!) alongside market leading brands such as iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Avent, Chicco, MAM, Nuby and high end Italian brand Peg Perego who will be launching in the UK at the show!

The Main stage sees a wonderful line up of speakers with MadeForMums including experts from the world of breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition, as well as real life parents giving their first-hand stories and advice, including Giovanna Fletcher and Clemmie Hooper. You can book 15 minute private appointments with The Baby Show and One To One With The Experts Area- just simply book your appointment on the day!

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If your hands are too full to carry all of your shopping, take advantage of the free Emma’s Diary Collect-By-Car service where you can drop off all of your purchases and pick up at home time! Bringing the kids? Use The Baby Show’s FREE crèche so you can have a little shop in peace, and the kids can play with some fun toys under a safe and very close eye.

It really is a must-see event for all expectant and well experienced parents alike. You will find me at The Baby Show on the Saturday, so if you spot me carrying lots of bags and my husband carrying lots of bags, do come up and say ‘Hi’! I’m normally loitering around the cloth nappy stalls, or stroking expensive pushchairs/slings.

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WIN WITH THE NEWHOUSE FAMILY AND THE BABY SHOW!

We’ve teamed up with The Baby Show to give away a pair of tickets worth £20 each and a Poddle Pod bundle which includes an award winning Poddle Pod, a removable cover and a storage bag worth £49.99. How amazing is that?! That’s a prize worth £89.99, don’t say I never treat you guys 😉

Poddle Pod is a gorgeous little place for babies to nap. It gently hugs them to sleep, so you can rest assured that they are safe, sleeping well and you get some much deserved rest too (or a little housework done!). For more information on Poddle Pod and to look at their superb range, you can find the Poddle Pod website here.

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Just enter this Rafflecoper giveaway to be with a chance of winning the pair of tickets to the London ExCel Baby Show and the superb Poddle Pod bundle. There are a few ways of getting extra entries, so do as many as you can to get more entries. The competition is ONLY open until TUESDAY 21st of February.
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The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March inclusive, open from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day.  Standard on the door tickets are £20.  For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

 

 

Ticket Competition Terms & Conditions

No purchase necessary. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Competition is open to UK residents only.

Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by the decisions of The Baby Show.

 

Entry is strictly limited to one person per ticket code. The winner will be notified by email or phone call once the competition closes. The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time. All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  Entrants will receive a ticket code which can be activated at http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/. Tickets cannot be sold on to third parties.