Back ♥ Home = happy place (physically & mentally)
Bridges = help us get there
Today’s post is about Home: the noun!
Some of us have been thinking about our “Dream House” since childhood.
Would it be a chic penthouse in a bustling city, a cozy cottage in the woods, a log cabin nestled slope-side in ski country, an oceanfront gem or a McMansion??
My sister’s dream house was always either a sleek 1950’s sprawling ranch or a clone of the Brady Bunch House.
And she’d decorate it ultra-modern, like something you’d see in Architectural Digest.
My dream house ♥ was a cozy country cottage and it had to be near water…. a river, pond, lake, or ocean. The walls painted a soft butter yellow, smooth hardwood floors buff-shined to a warm golden glow and plenty of BIG windows framed with gauzy white cotton curtains.
We all have our dream-house-dreams and in the meantime we need someplace to live.
So, how do we make wherever we are living now, (at this moment in our journey) the most comfortable, inviting, coziest Home we can?
As they say, life’s not about the destination… it’s about the journey.
So, I believe… even if you’re living in a Van Down By The River… make it WONDERFUL!!
Here are some Bridges to help make your Home wonderful.
Begin with your 4 senses: SIGHT, TOUCH, SOUND & SMELL
What’s your favorite color? Surround yourself with your favorite colors when picking out paint color, flooring, fabric….etc
What do you like to look at? This will help you to choose wall art and even furniture styles. Do you like to look at framed family photos or photo albums? Find ways to display these things in your home.
What fabrics do you like to touch? This will help when you’re choosing bedding, towels, upholstery for your furniture, and flooring.
What things do you like to touch? This may help when you’re adding accent decorations to your home. I like the smooth feel of chestnuts, acorns, seashells and sand. So, I keep collections of these things all around my house in baskets, glass decanters or wooden bowls.
Do you like blankets & quilts? (I can’t have enough!!) Keep baskets of them within reach of your sofa or comfortable chair.
Music makes the World-Go-Round. Check out one of the coolest systems that is now available called SONOS. If you can’t afford a Sonos or an expensive stereo system, then get a radio or portable CD player.
Open your windows if you can, and listen to Nature or the sounds of the city!!
Sing! (although, my family wishes I wouldn’t)
What do you like to smell?
Fresh flowers… put some in a vase, even if you can only afford one!
Candles are a wonderful way of bringing the scents you love into your home that may not be easily accessible where you’re living: pine woods, ocean breeze, orange orchard, the choices are endless.
Cooking is a wonderful way to bring comforting smells into your home. Saute some garlic for a delicious recipe or bake a batch of cookies!! Your house will surely smell wonderful.
Open up your windows and let in the fresh air.