This is one of my very favorite things to do even now! But, as a single person - there is no reason you cannot begin creating a haven even for yourself!
My apartment was such a cozy nest, such a haven for me during my single days. It was a refuge from the 40-hr. work week and busy life. It was a place of peace and rest! And, a place I loved to be.
I started out with lots of hand-me-down, free or garage sale furniture. Then, as I moved and moved roommates something would come up that I'd need - so anytime I made a purchase I tried to make sure it would contribute something to my home one day.
I think one of my favorite finds during these days was my dining room table. The table and six chairs were in the "Bargain Dinette" section at a used furniture store. The stain (finish) was all kinds of water stained and everything in the section was 20% off. But, it had great character and potential and I bought it for less than $200.
During the next few summers - I worked on refinishing the table and chairs and I had two extra leaves made for it since it did not come with any. It now serves our family very well and has been such a great investment in my home. If I would have found that table now I would not have had the time to invest in refinishing it myself!
Food also contributes to our homes! I cooked and baked from scratch for myself. I'd make muffins about once a week and eat on those for my breakfast! Even if it is just you - you are worth good homemade food and why not eat the way you'd like to eat if you did have a family?
Placing candles on a wide windowsill, decorating for holidays, creating delicious smells and ambiance.
Even though we don't have someone to welcome us home yet - we can create a haven that welcomes us with its coziness and inviting spirit!