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Making Your House A Home – Home Improvement Thursday

Making Your House A Home – Home Improvement Thursday

I had a post planned for today. I’ve had to draft it, I have a more important message to share. On Tuesday night, my great friend Bec The Plumbette and I caught up to see a movie. Bec had won tickets to the preview of the new film Room. I agreed to go without knowing a thing about the film, just because my friend and I were long overdue for a catch up. Late on Tuesday afternoon I googled the trailer to Room, and knew instantly this would be my kind of movie. Little did I know the strength of the messages I would take home.


Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star in "Room." (Ruth Hurl/Element Pictures)
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star in “Room.” (Ruth Hurl/Element Pictures)


I’ve been up all night thinking about this film, it was harrowing to watch, it saw me sobbing at one point and I am sure I was not alone. It’s a gutsy and gritty tale about a 17 year old girl who is kidnapped and held hostage in a Room, who goes on to have her captures child, who she loves with all her might. This film is written with such strength and integrity, shot with honesty and the acting was out of this world! Without giving too much away, it is a twisted and dark tale of true determination, a mothers love, and resilience.

So why am I telling you about this movie on a home and building blog? Well one of the most important message I took from this movie, was that home was where you heart is. In the case of the movie, the little boy thought of the Room as home, even when finally escaping, it was still his home. This space of horror and filth was where the boys heart was. It was still his safe space.

Creating a home is not about decorating, though it certainly helps to have a lovely space, home is about the feeling. The greatest compliments I ever receive about my home, are that it feels like me, our that its like a big warm hug. That to me is the definition of home.

We focus here on the structure of your home, about the decorating of the space, about aspect and design, but what no-one can tell you is how to put your soul into your house to make it a home. That is something we hopefully all find in time. It can come with the smell, the security, the little photos you have lying around, that dish you use on Sundays only, it’s all about the comfort found in the everyday.

Are you living in a home? Can you remember visiting your Grandmothers home as a child, how did it feel and smell? Good memories or bad?


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Anyone can join in, no matter the niche of your blog, just as long as your linked post follows the few simple rules.
HIT Rules
1. Linkable posts, must centre around the topics of DIY, Renovations, Home Organisation, Home Improvement, Home Makeovers, Home Styling, or Home Maintenance.
2. You can share 1 post each week. Please make sure they are new to the “Home Improvement Thursday” party.
3. Linking is simple, find the little blue button at the end of the post that says, Add Your Link, and then pop in your URL, and follow the prompts. Your link only needs to be added once and it will automatically show up on both of our blogs… it’s that easy!
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  1. LOVE THIS POST! It captured exactly what I felt too. The other take away from the movie for me was our strength as mothers to create a warm space even when there are adult issues going on. That our environment can’t limit our imagination and determination to shelter our children from the pressing issues of adult life.

  2. Yes I feel this too – home is where the heart is and your loved ones.
    You prompted me to think of my Grandparents home, the smells and feel. Whenever I get a wiff of softly fabric softener I think of my grandma, it was such a strong smell in her home!

    1. Snap! Jasmine for me. I feel like I am getting a big warm hug whenever I smell it. Thanks for dropping by xx

  3. […] spoke yesterday about making a house a home, and that is exactly what I get from Amy’s bedroom, home. Such personal touches are so sweet […]

  4. My Nana and Papa’s house has always been a favourite of mine. I used to visit them every school holiday. Their home had a warm, loving feeling every time I went there. However, now they are no longer with us…the house is not the same as what it used to be. I still love it and wish I could make it what it used to be, in fact I often dream about it. The memory will always be there.

    As for my own home – I love it…it’s HOME, and it feels like HOME too.

  5. […] were so many take home messages from the movie. I loved Nicole’s post about Making your House a Home. I definitely got the same message after viewing the […]

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