I pulled into the driveway, turned the car off and sat for a minute with the keys in my hand. These weren’t just any set of keys. For my husband and I, they meant opportunity, love and new beginnings.
We were newlyweds, and the keys resting in the palm of my hand, were about to unlock the front door to our very first home together. As I stepped out of the car, I skipped up the walkway like the optimistic, giddy and slightly awkward newlywed that I was.
I opened the door.
What happened next took my breath away: There was white everywhere. White walls. Eggshell carpet. White doors. Cream cabinets. White. White. White.
The house was empty, and in many ways, it felt lonely. Walking into our first house together, I expected a plethora of happy feelings, and what I received felt more like a sterile white box.
Each time you move to a new duty station, you may experience this same scenario. Off-base rentals maintain a very neutral color palette, and that is putting it kindly.
Here’s the good news.
There are several secrets I use to make a house feel like a home each time our family arrives at a new duty station. I have no doubt these tips can help your military family create a home that welcomes you. Read my full post here.