June 25, 2018
Make your Space a Reflection of Your Love
Written by Rachel Eddins
After marriage, you go from leading somewhat separate lives, to coming together in a true union. Whether you already live together or will be moving in together for the first time, one way you will come together is through building a life in a new space. There are so many ways to personalize your space to reflect this new season of your relationship. Here are some ways to make your space a reflection of both you and your partner.
Decide What to Keep and What to Toss
When you come together in one space, you may realize you have multiple sets of items that you don’t need. You’ll have to decide whose items you’re going to keep, and whose you’re going to toss. Open your mind and be sensitive to the items your partner has. To keep this process running smoothly, keep a spreadsheet or running list of things that you need and a separate list of things you already have. This will keep an open dialogue between you and your partner. It will also help you to budget for what appliances, furnishings, and home decor you might need to invest in.
Make Your Space an Investment
You also shouldn’t be afraid to upgrade your appliances if both of you are using outdated products. The same should go for your furnishings. You can find great items on second-hand sites like Craigslist or Facebook, but don’t be afraid to invest in higher quality items, like a nicer dining room set that will last a long time. For these items, you can utilize your registry as well. Be honest with your guests so that you receive items that you will use regularly, and that satisfy your list of needs.
Cover the Walls with Memories
If you aren’t sure where to start when decorating, turn to the photos and memories that you have made with your partner. Your new home is a reflection of your time spent together and the commitment that you have made to each other. There is no better way to celebrate your journey than with pictures of your friends and family on the wall. Art pieces and photos that remind you of where you met, the place you both went to school or mementos from places you’ve traveled are also great options. For inspiration on how to create the perfect collage or display, check out Pinterest for design inspiration. Or you could use websites like Shutterfly to create a personalized collage or photo book for your coffee table. It will make your space feel more like your home.
Enlist a Professional
When you move into your new space, you might be overwhelmed by the blank canvas. You might find yourself stumped on how you can make your home feel refreshed without making costly structural changes. If you are struggling for inspiration, it might be worth your time to get a professional’s point of view. Interior designers can be a great resource when you know what styles you like but aren’t quite sure how to envision your dream space. Many furniture stores also have interior design services on hand for no extra cost. You can also use online interior design services like Havenly, that give you a design quiz to find out your tastes and connect you with interior designers who are best suited for your needs. Interior designers can save you time and sanity while making your home look professional.
Build a Solid Foundation with Therapy
Making your space a reflection of the love you share is just one part of a successful marriage. Eddins Counseling Group, located in Houston,TX, has qualified therapists that specialize in marriage counseling. A marriage counselor can be your guide to help you both explore what is important to you and what you need to build a connection with one another while learning practical skills on how to make it happen in a loving way. Contact us at 832-559-2622 or book an appointment online.
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