How to Create “Home”

mason jar with wildflowers

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home”-Confucius

You bought a new house. You chose carefully and logically based on quality, location, value, budget, layout, and finishes. It provides shelter for your family. It was a good investment. But we all know that it’s so much more than that. What makes your house a home? What is “home” anyways? The idea of “home” varies by culture and can be ambiguous, as it’s a very personal thing. But for most of us, home represents security. Comfort. Family. Sanctuary. It’s our home base – the place where we can let down and be real. It’s where we nurture life so we can go out and make a positive impact in the world.

What does “home” mean to you? How have you made your house a home instead of simply a good investment? Is it through the furnishings and decor that you love? Mementos from your travels and history? Have you surrounded yourself with the simple things that make you feel good and remind you of what’s most important to you? When friends enter your home, are they able to get a sense of who you are and what matters?

Perhaps your house doesn’t quite feel like home yet. Take heart! Making your house a home doesn’t require an expensive shopping trip to buy throw pillows and high-priced art. Creating a home can be as simple as a mason jar of flowers on the kitchen table. A lighted candle in your favorite scent. Your favorite family photos over the fireplace. A souvenir from a favorite trip on a side table. Music that represents a special time in your life on the stereo. Creating “home” happens over time – as life is lived, as memories are created, as trinkets are collected. It’s personal, not staged. It’s messy, not perfect. It reflects heart, not a decorating magazine. So go, consider what matters most to you. Make your home reflect that.

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