Now every one's idea of warm and inviting is different, depending on your personal style. But for me, I think it means that there are things that remind them that the house is a home. It's not always perfect - there are newspapers on the couch right now waiting for Alan to read them tonight. There is always some project I haven't finished - currently the guest bathroom. But there are always little touches that make things special.
One of the things that I try to do is display some of our family history. I'm not talking about a gallery of family photos, just little touches like this photo of Alan travelling through Europe after university. I also have a photo of the ship on which Alan's parents immigrated to Canada and a photo of my father as a young child with his father and grandfather - both sitting on side tables in the living room.
I try to make seasonal adjustments to the mantel and other areas in the home like the kitchen table and sideboard. I try not to make it look like a greeting card store. But rather add just enough to say "hey, it's spring". Recently I forced some magnolia branches and they are currently giving us a taste of what is to come.
When guests arrive, I want our home to smell wonderful. I usually attain this goal by baking something. To me, there is nothing more welcoming than something home cooked. So whether it's a pot of soup, some tea biscuits, a warm stew or an elaborate dessert, I want my guests to leave satisfied by the warm food offered.
|from top left: raspberry chocolate torte, turkey meatball soup, yogurt banana bread, |
salted caramel chocolate cake, cranberry orange tea biscuits, potatoes in ramekins
Add a bunch of grocery store tulips like the ones in the photo above for a flash of colour and you're ready to greet anyone.
How do you make your house a home?
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Home Sweet Home at Charm of Home