by Katie Bennett, of Embracing a Simpler Life
I recently redecorated my house. Actually I decorated it for the first time. Since buying our house five years ago, decorating had not been a priority financially.
That time was a great exercise in patience and contentment for me.
But I also ultimately wanted a well-presented home. Not fancy, but well thought-out and welcoming. In keeping with the simplistic mentality, I chose what I called a “clean, yet homey” decorating style.
I wanted the modern, uncluttered look. However, maintaining a warm, homey feeling was also a priority. But what exactly is homey? How is this feeling achieved? That’s the question I asked myself, and here’s what I came up with.
Image by F.D. Richards
Through introspection, I realized there are certain elements in a home that make me feel “at home.” For me, these are things like:
- Accent lamps: These add a pleasant, welcoming low-light, especially when left on for someone returning after dark.
- Decorate with plates: This can certainly be done with a funky or modern twist, but not much says “home” like plates on the wall or counter top. This feels down-to-earth and has an atmosphere of tradition.
- House plants: Green, alive, and oxygenating, house plants add vibrance and warmth to an environment. There is an air of care and nurture conveyed when a houseplant is thriving.
- Textiles: Fabric adds softness and texture to hard surfaces. Pillows, drapes, and table runners can make a house feel comfortable and inviting.
- Family photos: What makes a house a home more than the people living in it? Take your space from mere walls and fixtures to a representation of the lives lived within them by adding your favorite, well-placed photographs.
- A wreath on the door: Wreathes make me happy. They are truly beautiful and welcoming, cheerful and pleasant. They are that extra touch that shows the care of the one who lives within.
Note from Erin:
The author of this post, Katie Bennett, is also the author of a fantastic devotional for moms–Heavenly-Minded Mom: A 90-Day Journey to Embracing What Matters Most. Check out her devotional here.
Image by Frank Tellez
While the tangible homey touches are fun, they are absolutely no match for the intangible ones. If you want to truly add warmth and welcome to your home, try adding:
- A warm greeting: There’s nothing quite like coming through a door where you feel wanted. A warm greeting is a beautiful way to welcome anyone and everyone through your doors.
- Enjoyment of one another’s company: This might be my favorite “homey touch.” I say that because, growing up, my family did this so well. My parents delighted in us kids. They thought we were funny, and we knew it. They thought we were smart and engaging. They loved talking with us and being with us. This may be the most over-looked element of “home,” and one I take to heart very much.
- An atmosphere of grace: Ultimately, that cozy, homey feeling will be present only if and when a sense of unconditional love, safety, and grace are also present. No amount of “cutesy accents” can substitute for the pure love for one another that comes only from God.
Add warmth and welcome to your home. Consider using one of these simple touches today to cultivate that homey atmosphere.
How will you work to create a sense of sanctuary in your home this week? In which of these areas do you most need to grow?
Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a stay-at-home mom of four, and I live a life devoted to Jesus. I love to write, and I focus my energy on living simply and well. You may enjoy my devotional, Heavenly-Minded Mom: A 90-Day Journey to Embrace What Matters Most. I’m fairly new to the blogging world, recently launching a blog called Embracing a Simpler Life where I write about eternal perspective, being a wife and mama for the glory of God, and simple, intentional living. Come check it out!