Post # 1
My husband and I just bought a new house and we’re looking into re-furnishing and decorating the entire house with new items. Just wondering how long it took you to fully furnish / decorate your entire house to the point that it finally felt like ‘home’ to you? Thanks x.
Post # 3
westafricanlove : we’ve been here 3.5 years and I still don’t feel like it’s done! But what is done is perfect and 100% us. It feels more homey to me to take my time and make sure everything is perfect rather than running out and buying an entire catalogue home at once.
Post # 4
We’ve been in our home 3 years and it’s always a work in progress. For us, though, we collect decor and items from our travels and such. We’re slowly replacing the emergency/cheap items from Craigslist with things that have more meaning to us. I think because we try to keep to that, it pretty quickly felt like ‘home’ even though it wasn’t necessarily well-stocked with everything the average home has or needs. I’ve had apartments full of new stuff and it always just felt like ‘stuff’ or like living in a hotel.
In short: for us, the “home” feeling comes from items that have meaning or memories attached to them.
Post # 5
We’ve been in our home almost a year. It’s a work in progress. It’s fully furnished, but there’s always something to be done. Always has felt like home though.
Post # 6
I feel like this is always such a long process. I am the type that moves in and wants everything to be done immediately, but it never works that way. I actually read an article saying you shouldn’t instantly try to get everything decorated and perfect (which makes sense), but I am still so impatient it is hard to take the advice. At least now when we move (in the next few weeks), I already have a pretty large inventory of decor items that we already like. For my other places, I felt like it took a good year or two to really feel comfortable and complete. Congrats on the new house!
Post # 7
westafricanlove : I’ve lived in my house for almost 5 years and we’re constantly rearranging and buying new furniture.
Post # 8
I have been here 1.5 years and it feels like home now. But there is still lots I wants to do. Everything is painted though, and furnished, but I think it will always be a work in progess. Once I get it all done, I will need to start again, lol.
Post # 9
1 year for my living room.
2 years for my dining room to get furnished.
6 years for our second living area.
1 or 2 years for master bedroom.
the other 3 bedrooms are still completely unctouched.
Post # 10
Bought the house in July. Focused on furnishing rooms that we use the most. So new couch for living room, new master bed so we could have a guest bed. Other than that, we are still lacking on completing the office/den. and our walls are pretty bare. All in due time.
Post # 11
Thanks for the response bees! I’m exactly like compassrose, I want to get everything done quickly. I felt like i’m putting pressure on my husband to buy everything all at once and have everything done at once so that it’s perfect and feels like ‘home’. Seeing all your comments about how long it could potentially take, 3+ years is an eye opener to me. I was thinking along the lines of 3 months. Lol guess not!
Post # 12
Still interested in other comments and how long it took to furnish certain areas of the house. I would like to focus on the living room, and our masters first. We have about 4 bedrooms. What do I do with the remaining 3 bedrooms? Leave them empty?
Post # 13
We’ve been in our home for about 8 months. I was gathering items for our home for about 3 years before that (I had a clear vision about certain things so I made sure to acquire them as I found them since I prefer to shop used markets and estate sales). It already feels like home but there are definitely items that we still need and things we still have to do. I finally made a list of all of that and it’s not as long as it felt when I was holding it all in my head. Most of those items are organizational and functional living type things or decorative but there are also things like finding a couch with certain very specific qualities. I could go out and just buy one but I get more pleasure out of seeking and finding one that matches my vision- even if it takes a little longer that way!
ETA- In response to your question- you can absolutely leave rooms empty if you dont have a plan for them. Otherwise, you run the risk of just filling them to get them done. My mother bought a house and had nothing in the living room for almost two years until she found the perfect set to go in it. That’s not everyone’s preference, but I find so many good quality, gently used materials because of people buying things and then deciding that they don’t like that so they’re redoing a room all over again. Better to move slowly!
Post # 14
Ugh, been in my house for 3 years and things still aren’t “done”. Our problem is projects…we have so many projects that are in progress at the same time. The guest room (only ever had 1 person stay the night ever by the way…) and the unused office have become dumping grounds for things I buy to decorate the house with once the projects get finished, but those rooms really need to be decluttered and painted, so they’ll be started on once the basement is finished, which may take forever because my Boyfriend or Best Friend can’t figure out what kind of bar he wants to build, or if we should replace the floor before or after the bar is built, or if we should replace all the doors now or just freshen them up.
We are both horrible at starting new projects and then taking forever to finish them, all while coming up with new ideas as well. Somewhere in the past few months, we decided to get chickens, so we need to build a coop and run before May 8th as well.
Post # 15
westafricanlove : We’ve been in our house just over a year. We had a small apartment before (had just moved to a new city) and kept a lot of our wedding gifts boxed up until we had the house so we felt like there were a ton of new things from the start. It’s a lot of money and I’ve become a lot more particular about what we get, the style of it, etc. That’s added to the time.
We got a new bed for the master (went from queen to king) and our old bed became our guest bed. My mom wanted to give us something and got us a new dining room table. We still have the same couches, but got a new tv, tv stand and bookshelves. Got a hutch off craigslist and I refinished it. We actually just got a new dresser for our bedroom last month. Our 3rd bedroom is still empty (will soon become a nursery).
We didn’t get rid of much furniture. But we’ve repurposed where it is, how it’s used. I think if we got ALL new stuff it would actually make a new house feel less like home, and take longer for the adjustment. Within a month or two, it was home because we had pictures of ourselves, and it was our stuff. We had a lot of new things that made it fun too. We still have things we want, things we want to upgrade, but we also want to expand the patio, change out some light fixtures etc. We bought new construction so there wasn’t really any painting or repairs you might have if you’re looking at an older home. So we just spend time thinking about what we want and when we want it.