5 Things That Make a House a Home

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A welcoming front door
A welcoming front door (betweennapsontheporch.net)

What does home mean to you?  Single family house, townhouse, apartment or even boat, home is a place where you should feel most comfortable.  It is the sanctuary at the end of a hectic day.  Home is the place where you can be yourself and perhaps even find yourself.  There are many things that make a house a home and it is different for everyone.

Here are 5 things that may be on your list of those that make a house a home.

Make your house a home with a welcoming landscape
Make your house a home with a welcoming landscape (twittercolorchat)
Decorate with what you love and make room for family and friends
Decorate with what you love and make room for family and friends (Houzz)
Create special spots in your home and find a favorite chair to relax
Create special spots in your home and find a favorite chair to relax (decorhomeideas)

1. A comfortable room for friends and family to gather

This is the spot with the comfortable sofa and plenty of space for friends and family to share conversation and good times.  A house becomes a home when memories are made.

A great area for entertaining
A great area for entertaining (Houzz)
Open living for entertaining
Open living for entertaining (room-decorating-ideas)
Comfortable seating and small tables for entertaining
Comfortable seating and small tables for entertaining (acadianhouseplans)
Warm and inviting space for entertaining
Warm and inviting space for entertaining (themaisonette.net)

2. A comfortable bed with a cozy blanket. 

There’s just something so homey about the bed that you can snuggle up in and dream.  Decked out with soft linens and a favorite blanket, this spot is home.

A cozy bed to make you feel right at home
A cozy bed to make you feel right at home (homebunch)
A well-made bed for comfort and luxury
A well-made bed for comfort and luxury (wedding-journey)

3. A favorite chair

 

There’s no denying the pull of a favorite chair.  Whether you enjoy reading in a corner or relaxing while enjoying television, a comfortable chair that envelopes you is home.

Every home needs a comfy chair
Every home needs a comfy chair (bilvil)
A favorite chair makes a house a home
A favorite chair makes a house a home (Pinterest)
A stylish chair quickly becomes a favorite
A stylish chair quickly becomes a favorite (Pinterest)

4. A personal touch

A personal touch, whether that be a family heirloom, a piece of artwork or a souvenir from your travels.  Personal items make the house a home.  Whether you are a world traveler, a collector or just have a few personal favorites, these are the items that make you feel at home.

Mixing family heirlooms or special pieces that carry a memory make a house a home
Mixing family heirlooms or special pieces that carry a memory make a house a home (luxhomedecor)
A favorite piece of artwork adds that personal touch that makes a house a home
A favorite piece of artwork adds that personal touch that makes a house a home (ecochic)
Family heirlooms or special pieces add character and make a house a home
Family heirlooms or special pieces add character and make a house a home (freshome)
Vintage pieces can mix with modern décor for a special touch
Vintage pieces can mix with modern décor for a special touch (Stockholm-vitt.blogspot)

5. Live in the home

Live in the home.  This means leave an imprint and impart your history on the home.  Utilize every room in the house.  Plan at least one dinner a week in the formal dining room.  Read in the formal living room that is neglected.  Invite friends to stay in the extra bedroom.  Transform a spare bedroom into a home office.

Use the dining room and bring out special pieces to make a house a home
Use the dining room and bring out special pieces to make a house a home (globalrant)
Plan at least one night in the week to eat in the formal dining room
Plan at least one night in the week to eat in the formal dining room (trendecoration)
Utilize the space in your home
Utilize the space in your home (Houzz)
Don't be afraid to really live in your home
Don’t be afraid to really live in your home (decoist)

Truly living in your home means planning parties, watching movies, reading, playing games and sleeping.  Hang up your coat on the coatrack and leave your mail on the table in the foyer.  Spread out and take advantage of the space you have or cuddle up and appreciate the coziness of a smaller home.  Surround yourself with the things and the people you love.  Make your house a home.

 

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