When planning a home, people often think in terms of the finished product. But really, what you’re trying to achieve is something much simpler — an authentic American feel to your abode. Too many flats in London or too many Ikeas in Berlin can look rather bland; they’re missing the authentic American charm that comes from personalization and details. To put it simply, a home is a reflection of its owner. So how can you create the perfect home atmosphere based on your personality? Get creative! Here are some creative ways you can make your abode look like an American hotel:
Turn off the TV and enjoy the view.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to aculief keep to themselves and isn’t the best company when surrounded by TV shows and movies, you could always turn off the TV and enjoy the view. If you’re like many people who avoid the digital age, you might have a difficult time imagining waking up without the 24/7 news cycle. But for those who want to experience life differently, this is a really easy way to make your home feel more like a vacation destination. And who knows — your family might even enjoy the serenity! If you’re thinking about adding TV to the list of things that don’t belong in your home, there are plenty of ways to go about this.
Go retro with knickknacks and décor.
If you’re looking for a way to add that classic American look to your abode, look no further. There are plenty of websites and online stores that sell authentic American antiques, collectibles, and furniture. If you’re really on a budget, you could always put a few in your home office; they’re perfect for a charmingly retro feel. This will add that extra “Americana” feel that you’re trying to achieve.
Have an American bar in your home.
If you’re looking for a place to host backyard barbeques or poolside parties, a pool bar is a great idea. This type of setup allows you to have a pool table and a couple of pool chairs either inside or out. If you want to go the extra mile, a pool bar will also have a snack menu, drink and dessert menu, hostess specials and an entertainment schedule. If you have a pool, this is the perfect setup!
Southern hospitality with service.
If you’re from the south, you might remember service like this: “How you do, Here at The South Terrace in Berlin, we have southern hospitality written all over us. We make every effort to ensure that our guests feel welcome in Berlin and are always available for help and assistance. To top it all off, our southern hospitality comes with authentic southern recipes (think fried chicken, collard greens and even a johnnycake). You can check out our recipe book for more food ideas or try some johnnycake at home!
Turn on the candles and make a special dinner for your guests.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to host a party, you could always light candles at night when you’re home alone. This will give your living space a cozy, warm feel — creating the perfect ambiance for a lonely night in. If you don’t like to keep company while you prepare dinner, this is also a great way to make your evening more social. You could also assign a task to your guest(s) and have them light some candles as well; this will add that extra “home” feel to the evening.
While some might suggest that you need a ton of space to host an authentic American meal, that’s not the case in Berlin. You only need a room the size of a bagel for everything from a giant stack of pancakes to an authentic southern dinner. Whether you choose to turn your living room into a homey dining room or an air-conditioned bar, the most important thing is to make your house feel like home.