3. Hanging Decorations
5. Be aware of the clutter!
Lighting - one of the biggest changes we noticed was when we went from dark brown in the entire boat (including the ceiling) to an off white. We had to replace some side paneling, and when we replaced them we also painted them an off white to add some light to the boat. The headliner we put in was PVC and that was painted the same color. Instantly, the top half of the boat was white and therefore lighter.
As far as physical lighting goes, Chuck and I really prefer a warm light. (This was something we discovered when his mom came to help me decorate our first home in Manitou Springs, CO. We had to buy new lamps, and it made such a huge difference for us.) For us to create an even softer light on the boat, we recently purchased new lamp shades and man WHAT A DIFFERENCE. I am almost annoyed at what an impact a $13 lamp shade from Defender Industries is making!
Smells - Scent is tied to memories, therefore we try to "burn" some of our favorite memories. One of our favorite things is to burn incense, both for the scent and for the spiritual benefits. I recently purchased sage smudges for Chuck, which historically were used to send bad spirits away. I like to think it sends some of his work stress out from the boat before I get home, so I have a relaxing environment when I get home. Chuck's mother gave us a smudge spray to use as well for Christmas.
We have large dogs. They smell. We have beds for our large dogs. They smell. Hmm... We had to invest in a fabric cleaner to help with some of this because we are in much smaller quarters and during the winter we are not able to spray the dogs off with the hose or throw the beds out to air out. Very soon I will be trying different doTerra oils that are meant to do the same thing, but are obviously much more natural. I will keep you updated!
Hanging Decorations - While wall space is limited, and taking up too much space will make the space seem smaller, a few well placed pieces make a big difference. We have a couple frames hanging with family pictures and have some art we bought together at an Art Festival in Manitou Springs, CO. Lastly, I somewhat took over the aft head and added some of my daily affirmations and inspirations while I get ready. We lovingly call this Cookie's Corner :)
|Part of Cookie's Corner|
Clutter - I know Chuck would agree with me when I say he has spent the majority of his life NOT putting things away. This obviously does not work on a boat. In my opinion, tenalach is like a really big, 3-D puzzle. We are still making changes as we add different things to the boat (composting head, dehumidifier, heater), and after getting new collapsible kitchen gear for Christmas. But clutter very quickly takes away from this amazing little home we can have. We both had temper tantrums at one point or another because something didn't fit right, or we still had too much stuff. We are slowly getting there, and realizing that if we just pick up after ourselves right away, this makes for a much happier boat and couple. Plus the dogs can't eat it or slobber on it if we pick it up!
I would love to know how you made your boat your home! I am always looking for tips!
~ Cookie, and Enzo my lapdog :)