Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be the place you want to go in order to unwind and relax after a stressful day. A home is much more than a roof and four walls, but it takes work in order for that transition to take place. When done successfully, the care that goes into changing it can mean the difference between a “house” and a “home”. 

The outside of a home can be almost as important as the inside. Dress up the front stoop or entryway with welcoming, inviting symbols such as potted plants or flowers. Making your guests feel welcome is just as important as treating yourself each day.

Feng Shui is a very popular methodology when it comes to design. There is a long list of celebrities and millionaires who have adopted it into their lifestyles. Feng means “wind” in English and Shui means “water”. The philosophy behind it lies in the idea that we should become more harmonious with our natural surroundings and the elements of the Earth. We do so by arranging components within our homes to help with the flow of energy and to feel more at ease in every square inch of a room by inhabiting the enclosed space with all of the other elements. 

The kitchen is the number one place people gather. Making it warm and cozy depends on each individual, whatever that may mean for you personally. Some people feel at ease with a lot of clean surfaces. Other people like to have easy access to the items they use most frequently, such as baking ingredients. Whatever brings you joy when you look at it is the correct answer for you. 

Perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective change to make to a house is to paint it. Interior paint can change an entire room’s personality. Choose colors that are relaxing to you. Don’t shy away from using bold segments to make certain parts of a room stand out. In addition to paint, there are other ways to help windows and plain walls. You can easily help walls stand out with artwork or photographs that mean something to you. Windows can get an easy window treatment with a simple rod and hanging fabric of your choice.

Wherever possible, make furniture seem inviting by adding a touch of comfort. Having throw pillows and soft blankets around will instantly make someone feel comfortable, as will a soft throw rug. Invest in soft but easily cleanable surfaces, like microfiber, so you can effortlessly clean furniture sets.