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11 Brilliant Updates That Will Make Your House a Home

You just purchased your dream house and now you need to work on making it yours. Or maybe your new apartment needs a little decorating to make it feel like home. No matter where you live, here are 11 brilliant updates that will help make your house a home.

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Hang a Gallery Wall

Go through all your photos and choose some favorites, whether they are photos of family or from favorite vacations. Different sizes of photos work great for a gallery wall. Choose some frames, whether they are all the same color or different styles and create a display that will bring a smile to your face each time you see it. This is the easiest way to hang a gallery wall.

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Add Some Greenery

Adding some plants to your home is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to make your home feel more lived-in. If you don’t have a green thumb, try a terrarium or a plant that requires little maintenance. Here are 10 indoor plants you probably can’t kill.

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Hang a Floating Shelf

A floating shelf is an easy DIY project that will allow you to display some of your favorite items. Add a pretty vase, a memento from a favorite vacation or some candles. Try these DIY plans for a floating shelf.

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Add a Bookshelf

Bookshelves are an easy way to customize a room. A bookshelf will not only allow you to store and display your favorite books, but you can add photos and small potted plants like succulents to the shelves. Build a suspended bookshelf for your living room or bedroom.

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Grow Herbs in Your Kitchen

Decorate and add some function to your kitchen at the same time by growing some herbs. Whether you just grow basil or a collection of your favorite herbs, a kitchen herb garden will allow you to enjoy fresh herbs throughout the year. Build a hanging herb garden with these simple plans.

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Make Cozy a Priority

Add blankets and throw pillows to your living areas to set the scene for comfort. Add a rug to your living room and some candles and the space will become a cozy spot you’ll look forward to coming home to. These 10 instant tricks will make your home cozy.

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Add Glass to Cabinet Doors

Show off some of your favorite dishes by installing glass in your cabinet doors. Whether you have a favorite mug collection, your grandmother’s china collection or a favorite platter purchased on a vacation, glass doors allow you to showcase your favorite items. Convert wood cabinet doors to glass with these DIY tips.

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Welcome Guests

Add some personal touches to your home’s entryway to welcome guests. Try flower pots, a favorite piece of artwork or a sign and a place to hang jackets or put shoes. Consider these 15 awesome ideas for home entryways.

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Set Up a Music Station

Music can set the mood for just about any event, so set up a music station in your home. Whether you play records, mp3 files or CDs, designate a space where you keep all your music. Install a whole-house audio system with these tips.

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Add a Chalkboard Wall

Grab some chalkboard paint and create a spot for fun in your home. Use the space to leave notes to family members and have guests draw or write fun messages. Planning a paint project? Check out these high-tech paints.

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Add Personality

Don’t be afraid to add some personality to every room of your house. Try painting rooms various colors to make your house feel more like home and add furniture in bold colors, too. These are the top paint colors for 2018.

Rachel Brougham
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