This post is related to The Positive Homekeeping Weekly Challenge week 16.
What makes a home homey? What is my idea of home? Some things that immediately came to mind without any effort at all:
*Whenever I think of the ideal home I always see red. Not bright or hot, just warm. It always includes red gingham! I don’t know how much I would really want gingham in my home (I do like it but –how much?) but it’s always there!
*Wood, also. Wood floors, wood furniture. Can a home not have wood and still feel homey? Not to me! I’m sure I could adapt if necessary.
* A fireside, even if the fire is contained in a stove (although I do like the idea of a fireplace–but they aren’t as practical). It is not so much the fire but the good old-fashioned fireside. It is sad that the fireside has been largely replaced with the television-side. Of course, even in homes without a fireplace or wood stove the television need not become the central focus. It just does naturally. I think a fireside would tend to help prevent that though, which is something to think about if you’re buying or building a house!
*Baked goods ~ mostly breads and crackers, not sweets. Yum. And can’t you smell them?
*Lots of sunshine, both literal and figurative.
*Fresh air and fresh, clean laundry!
*Quality, nice clothing and linens, though not necessarily fancy or fashionable. Just give me a touch of lace, a few ruffles, and some vintage charm, and I’ll be happy!
Do you always see certain colors or patterns or materials when you think of “home”? Which rooms of the house come to mind first? What are they like?
How does home smell?
When I reflected on this, I thought of the smell of cooking mustard greens and the smell of cooking turnips with lemon juice! lol Seriously, I love those smells! Other than food smells, I generally prefer the house not to smell at all.
What do you like?
How does home make me feel?
Relaxed, safe, comfortable, confident, capable, efficient, valuable, important, secure, at peace, cheerful.
How does it make you feel?
What makes a home un-homey?
- Arguing (unless it’s a peaceful, edifying discussion)
- Sharp words
- Dirt and dust
- Stinky stuff
- Unwillingness to help one another
- Keeping score
What words describe home (i.e. loving, joyful, peaceful, clean . . .)?
Probably, I could go on and on!
What about you?
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