After years of searching, you have finally met the man of your dreams and tied the knot. Now it’s time to start focusing on building the life the two of you want to have. What better place to start than with your home? After all, you and your beau are going to be spending more time together in your house than anywhere else. Here are some great tips on how to create the perfect home for you and your new husband.
A SPACE FOR YOU & A SPACE FOR HIM
When you first get married, it might be hard to imagine that there are going to be times when you aren’t going to get along with your new husband. It’s not a bad idea to have designated areas in the house for both of you. It might not sound terribly romantic, but doing this can save a marriage in the long run. Let him have his man cave to watch football or play video games with the boys. You need your own space too, so designate a room or space in the dining room for something you love to do.
Chances are your new husband isn’t going to care too much when it comes to decorating the bedroom. But do your best to hold back and don’t make it too girly. An overall color scheme of white or darker tones of blue or grey are always nice and won’t tip the gender scales too hard one way or another.
When buying a mattress, you might not have the same needs in terms of firmness. Fortunately, they make mattresses that are adjustable in firmness; with the push of a button, you can adjust the tilt of his side of the bed, which is especially important if your husband snores like a grizzly bear in hibernation.
When buying bedding and sheets try to stick to solid, gender neutral color tones. Choose quality sheets made from fabrics that won’t irritate your skin. Make purchases that will last, and try to think long term.
Comforters are going to depend on your climate. If you live somewhere cold get a goose down comforter and complement it with a matelassé coverlet. If you live somewhere warm, skip the comforter and get a thin blanket with a beautiful design.
THE LIVING ROOM
At the center of most every living room is a great TV and sound system. More than likely, the man of the house is going to be a control freak with the living room electronics. It’s best to let him have it and make\sure you get the final say on the couches and living room décor. He won’t even know that you played
him like a fiddle.
Are you going to be hosting super bowl parties? Family Christmases? These are questions you might want to be asking yourself as you put together your ideal living room. How many
people you want your living room to seat is a great starting point. From there you can decide on the style and aesthetic you want. Target is a great place to pick up finishing touches like coasters, lamps, and candles.
Many women can relate to the struggle of loving a man who doesn’t know the first thing about cooking.
Hopefully, this won’t be the case with your new husband, but if it is, start picking up everything he might need to start grilling before you train him in the culinary arts. Try to fill your kitchen with quality porcelain dining ware. It’s always better to buy sets of expensive dishes and kitchenware rather than cheap temporary sets that you will just end up spending more money on when you replace them. Build your kitchen over time. Don’t buy that bread maker right off the bat; try to feel things out as you go. You will have that kitchen you always dreamed of in no time.
GARDEN & LAWN
A garden in the front or backyard can be a fantastic way to bring the whole home together. Some roses in the front yard are sure to make the neighbors jealous and give you a fun hobby on the weekends.
Have your husband plant some fruit trees and vegetables in the back so you have fresh produce year round that the two of you grew together.
It’s such a fun and exciting new time in your life, but don’t forget to slow down and enjoy every step of it.