Designing The Perfect Home Away From Home

Expat homes are temporary but who said they cannot be equally loved?

 

The first thing I did when I moved to a new house, in a new country was to make it feel home away from home. The truth is IKEA was the best and quickest  solution to creating a home, but in terms of capturing the “homey” feeling without replicating the typical Scandinavian decor, I almost fell in the trap of having the exact same home with my next door neighbor; same couches, same coffee tables, same bedroom etc.

So,  I started going out in search of young artists that would add some extra personality on my empty walls. I also painted some of my IKEA furniture with chalk paint creating a vintage pop twist. Adding some decorative folk items purchased from the local markets of the different countries I had visited, helped me create this feeling of international blended identity. At the same time, it kept on reminding me one of the scopes of our expat joiurney which was the collection of wonderful memories.

 

So how can we create a cozy home without spending too much money. It is not an easy task but it is definitely achievable.

 

Actually,  there are so many resources to get inspiration from that NOT being able to create your perfect home is just an excuse.

First of all www.Pinterest.com and www.houzz.com can help you navigate through your favorite style and create the best interior deco. From Minimal  to Art Deco you can start scrolling and saving your favorite photos in your personal board.

And if you thought that TikTok is only for making videos that go viral, in 8 TikTok Trends That Will Shape DIY and Home Decor in 2023  you will find out that this China based platform has become the trendiest interior deco tool for 2023.

Recycling is the absolute trend for 2023

 

It is universally accepted that repurposing furniture ( in other words recycling) is the absolute must in home decor since it prevents from throwing away millions of furniture. A tip for the wannabe “home away from home” interior decorators: visit your nearest flea market, buy a crazy chalk paint that doesn’t even require sanding and do your miracle. Unless you are bringing your old furniture with you! Then you are all set! And don’t forget to mix and match! A minimal couch goes perfect with your grandma’s vintage floor lamp. Remember the FRIENDS series?Decorate just like them!

 The Hygge frenzy

We are all in search of happiness and the Danes, according to a UN report,  seem to know all the secrets which are  being shared with us so we can include them in our own world.

Hygge means via www.visitdenmark.com “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things on life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family- that’s hygge too” By the way it is pronounced “hue-gah”.

If you’d like to add some hygge deco to your home, try this

  • Burning candles

  • Having fresh flowers in your home

  • Introducing textures to a room with cushions, throws and rugs

  • Family pictures are a huge must

If you like the sound of hygge you can find more here

     

For some more ideas here

 

My favorite affordable online stores in Greece with beautiful decorative items

 

www.sinsay.com

www.2hm.com

www.inart.com

 

 

 

 

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