A house is just a house until you make it a home, until you love where you live it has no soul. But, with a few little touches here and there you can make it not only inviting, but comfortable and cosy too. This is true for every home you own no matter its location and this is true of your home in Turkey. Maybe it’s a holiday home or a permanent residence, an apartment or a villa you can make it look very pretty indeed.
Does it take a woman’s touch? No, not always, I think anyone can improve their surroundings with a few hints and tips you can transform your home in the sun in a few easy steps. The advantage of making these improvements is to create bright, spacious and uncluttered living areas and if you have owned a home for a while it may need a touch of paint to spruce it up. These improvements and changes don’t need to cost the earth and they can be done on a budget.
This area often is untidy with jackets, flip flops and sandals, it tends to be a mess and as the hallway is usually a small area it doesn’t take long for it to be untidy. If possible use coat hooks on the back of the door to hang your jackets neatly and invest in a shoe rack. Where possible these items could be in wardrobes in the bedrooms and if you have a hall table keep it tidy. Add a table lamp and maybe a Turkish kilim rug plus prints for the walls or favourite beach theme pictures.
Usually, there are numerous jars around on the work tops and the inevitable bowl where everything from business cards and keys get thrown into. This bowl looks unsightly and a kitchen looks so much more streamlined with only the basic items on the work tops.
If you like your ornaments it’s trendy to style them in groups of three, like candles for example, which if they are scented make a lovely addition to any home. In the summer cool blues with an ocean scent are favourites and we all know at Christmas the top scented candles to have are spicy cinnamon, pine or berries. Take a look at your coffee table too this is another area which can become untidy. A small vase of fresh flowers and interesting travel books for example can set the scene. Scatter cushions, throws and kilim rugs can make your home cosy and add a splash of colour, it’s generally better to keep walls light and bright and add colour via accessories. It’s easier then every few years to change cushions and rugs for a different colour theme at minimal cost.
This room is one of the most untidy, leaving clothes slung over the backs of chairs or even worse in a pile on the floor. Hangers are left around on wardrobe doors, shoes in a corner and make up bags on dressing tables. Its not rocket science just put it all away; dirty clothes can go in the laundry basket, hang the hangers back up inside the wardrobe and make up in draws. This room is your haven so keep it tidy; nobody wants to feel agitated by the mess when you go to bed.
Put dirty towels inside the laundry basket if it’s kept in the bathroom. Add cupboards and vanity units for all your toiletries if the space allows. Hang up used towels its what towel rails are for! Keep it smelling fresh and clean and keep a window open if possible.
It’s important to understand the mood; lighting can bring to a home, use soft lighting where possible and add strings of fairy lights to a glass bowl or near windows. On the outside balcony or terrace a pretty addition are solar lights wrapped around railings which make al fresco dining or just enjoying a drink in the evenings quite romantic. Tea lights are also perfect on balconies in beautiful holders on balmy summer evenings.
They not only add a splash of colour and look pretty they smell lovely and are a welcoming sight anywhere in the home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money and wild flowers are just as lovely. To make them look ultra attractive, tie together the stems with some lace or matching ribbon for the chic look.
Opt for a warm, inviting feel for your home; problem is everyone will want to visit!