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Old 11-14-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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How To Turn Any House Into a Home (5 Tips) | Design*Sponge

I found this article today, and I think there is food for thought in it. I was surprised that the first "tip" was floors, but honestly this list is probably as good as any other list. At any rate, it has some good stuff in it. Enjoy!
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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My #1 would be comfortable furniture. If you can't relax on your furniture than it will never feel like home
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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You thread reminded me of an old design show back in the 90's Christopher Lowell and his 7 layers of design theory. I will post the link for those interested.
Decorating Ideas, Craft Projects, DIY - Seven Layers of Design
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:43 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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You thread reminded me of an old design show back in the 90's Christopher Lowell and his 7 layers of design theory. I will post the link for those interested.
Decorating Ideas, Craft Projects, DIY - Seven Layers of Design

sure miss Christopher Lowell on tv
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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A home means that you can feel safe, you and your loved ones. So whatever do the trick.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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To me, regardless of a person's sense of style, the following elements need to be in place for a house to feel like a home:

1. A sense of calm and peace - to me, home is where we relax, recharge, regroup. So for me, a sense of calm and peace includes a good floor plan, furniture placement that is conducive to ease of living, adequate storage, placement of rooms, furniture, and personal items that's convenient rather than frustrating. Also, clutter frustrates me personally.

2. Closely related is COMFORT - comfortable furniture, comfortable textiles, comfortable temperatures, a sense of safety and protection from the elements and from negatives from the outside world. It can also mean protection from the little unpleasant things - harsh lighting - or poor lighting, drafty areas, that sort of thing.

3. A step beyond comfort is PLEASURE - a home needs to smell good, feel good, look good, etc. Sensory pleasure in other words. This can mean different things to different people. But art work, candles or incense, plants, collections, pillows or upholstery, linens, fluffy towels, a ready coffee maker or tea pot or bottle of wine - all those things can bring pleasure for the home owner or guests.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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To me, regardless of a person's sense of style, the following elements need to be in place for a house to feel like a home:

1. A sense of calm and peace - to me, home is where we relax, recharge, regroup. So for me, a sense of calm and peace includes a good floor plan, furniture placement that is conducive to ease of living, adequate storage, placement of rooms, furniture, and personal items that's convenient rather than frustrating. Also, clutter frustrates me personally.

2. Closely related is COMFORT - comfortable furniture, comfortable textiles, comfortable temperatures, a sense of safety and protection from the elements and from negatives from the outside world. It can also mean protection from the little unpleasant things - harsh lighting - or poor lighting, drafty areas, that sort of thing.

3. A step beyond comfort is PLEASURE - a home needs to smell good, feel good, look good, etc. Sensory pleasure in other words. This can mean different things to different people. But art work, candles or incense, plants, collections, pillows or upholstery, linens, fluffy towels, a ready coffee maker or tea pot or bottle of wine - all those things can bring pleasure for the home owner or guests.

Funny you should say that now. My community has a social event called a travelling cocktail party and two weeks ago, I had just shy of 50 here. On the stove was a simmering pot of mulling spices in water. You can't imagine the number of compliments for that little bit of ambiance. Although one person did ask why I did have wine on the stove with the spices!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Totally agree with Kathryn! I long for the day I can enjoy crystal and candles, Battenberg lace and Beethoven on the Bose. But for now, it's muddy boots, chainsaw noise, and "special projects" in the living room.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Totally agree with Kathryn! I long for the day I can enjoy crystal and candles, Battenberg lace and Beethoven on the Bose. But for now, it's muddy boots, chainsaw noise, and "special projects" in the living room.
And that can be great - because it all represents what you are loving in your life right now!
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Totally agree with Kathryn! I long for the day I can enjoy crystal and candles, Battenberg lace and Beethoven on the Bose. But for now, it's muddy boots, chainsaw noise, and "special projects" in the living room.
Plus, it will make you appreciate the crystal and lace that much more!!!!!!
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