I have found 7 simple tips for making my house feel like a home.
1. Create a Warm and Cozy Atmosphere
I adore the soft flickering of tea light candles and the warm heat from the flames in a fireplace. Flames from candles, or the fireplace, bring a sense of warmth and peace that are not easily matched. Place candles on the mantle or light candles when sitting down to supper. Figuratively and literally, keep the home fires burning by lighting a candle on your kitchen counter. I often use my candles as a reminder to say a prayer when I notice it, or to remember a loved one.
2. Create a Family Library
The shelves are also filled with books, inviting people to pick them up and get lost in a good story. When I was a child, I created a library around the walls of the attic of our home. I felt pride and satisfaction in my collection of books. I still enjoy having stacks or shelves of books and sharing throughout my home. I love watching my children get swallowed up in a novel and filling their minds with knowledge and adventures.
3. Keep Blankets and Pillows Throughout the Home
Throw pillows and blankets are placed throughout the house, within easy reach to snuggle in for watching t.v. or reading. Throws, blankets, wraps, and quilts stacked or draped make a home feel inviting. Extra pillows are ready to pile up and lean on, or even lean against to soothe an achy back. They add a little touch of whimsy with a mixture of patterns, textures, colors, and designs.
4. Be Liberal with Color in Your Space
Every room is filled with color…bright cranberry reds, and soft teals, burnt and bright oranges, and sage greens. My shelves are filled with colorful pottery. They are simple and decorative, and as easy on the eyes as they are utilitarian. There are so many different ways to bring color into the home. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a great way to brighten any room with color!
5. Share Memories
The hallway is filled with photographs of my children growing up. It makes me smile to think back and remember all those special moments. Get pictures out of the box and into view! Memories are meant to be shared and enjoyed, not keep tucked away forgotten.
6. Bring More Life into Every Room
Houseplants bring a little bit of life into nearly every room in the house. They can be as small as an African Violet, or even a tall and majestic tropical plant, filling a whole corner…but adding something living into every room of the house makes the space feel welcoming and renews the spirit.
7. Soothe the Soul with Music
Music is uplifting and creates a sense of calm and serenity that is so welcoming. I really enjoy country music and gospel music…both remind me of my mama! My favorite sounds fill the room with the beautiful and enchanting cello or soft melodies from a piano.
Often, though, the living room is filled with the sounds of Mickey Mouse and the Disney channel to keep our puppy Georgia entertained while I work.
In my home, a very favorite album that we play often is Porcelain by Helen Jane Long. It is so relaxing and the sounds wash the stress of the day away. I could listen to this on repeat all day, every day…but then again, I am a big fan of routine and predictability…but still, I highly recommend this album if you want to hear some beautiful compositions. We even leave this on for the puppy (when she isn’t watching Disney channel) and we are not home.
Certainly, I have a ways to go for sprucing things up and organizing the space, but our home is a welcoming place that I love to share with our family and friends. The sights and sounds within my home are intimate, relaxing, and inviting. Even among the noisy dog and video games, and despite a sink with dishes from breakfast, it is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation.
What makes you feel comfortable at home? Do you have a favorite album that is the soundtrack for your home?