A long time ago I was looking at plans with Hubby and a builder deciding on the size of our lounge room. Based around the kitchen with wide island bench, I wanted a big space that was versatile, had high ceilings and would be the centre of our home. And 5 years ago {I think it was 5} we moved in. Last year we finally got a bit more settled in. I hit Ikea and our space started to feel a bit ours.

Way back then I promised to share some photos of how everything went in. I thought I’d wait until we had a new couch. It turns out, this has been put on the back burner yet again. So I grabbed some photo, around the other day and decided to share them. This isn’t a how to guide about making your house fabulous. this is a lived in, loved up house. It’s also very colour coordinated. I might have to let that go a little. Haha.

So, no time like the present, here’s the centre of our universe.

Photos of the people I love make my home home.

What makes your home home?


  • Kim

    Lovely. And a love that photo of everyone in the car. Such a great shot. I love having pieces that my family have given me – like my great grandmother’s flour sifter and things my Dad’s made over the years and my auntie’s side board. Things that tell a story. I love those things. And my boy, of course:)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Me too. It’s one of my favourite photos ever.

      These items sound so personal and packed with history, love that.

  • I love your tiled floors! I’ve always wanted tiled floors…
    What makes my home mine is having all my comfortable old things that I love all around me. The quilt cover that I’ve had for 17 years, the books that I’ve had forever and new ones too, my curtains that I’ve had for 10 years, the plates that my daughter gave me one year for Christmas baout 14 years ago. Photos of family smiling all around me.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you. Tiles work for us and the climate here, for sure.

      Yes! I love houses full of memories. Personal things. Just wonderful.

  • whiningattheworld

    It’s gorgeous! Like Kim I love that photo with everyone in the car.

    We have some of our wedding photos up and us as a family. They help to make home, home for me. Really if I have my family and the animals and some books, I think I would consider it a home.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you!

      It really doesn’t take much when you look does it. Family and a few photos. Perfection.

  • What a gorgeous home, full of love & light, just like you & Kel!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Lisa. That’s lovely. 🙂

  • My Vintage Vow

    I love the pic too with everyone in the car.
    But something else has caught my eye, that white couch…..is it old, is it vintage, is it old school?
    It reminds me of something similar my parents had when I was growing up.
    I love it.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Yes it is! I spotted it at a house I was showing one day, it was outside under a carport. I asked what they were doing with it and they said dumping it. So my brother and I rescued it {with their permission} and Kel had a new cushion made for it. It’s huge, I can lay on it stretched out flat and not touch the ends.