What makes a home inviting?
I have been thinking about our little home and so far we have been making updates as needed, usually when something breaks. We don't have a lot of money right now (just bought the house about a year and a half ago) and after talking with the Gardenweb Kitchen crowd, they have pretty much convinced me that the infrastructure updates and upgrades should come first, but I should do what I can with paint for now and plan for the bigger design scheme down the line when we can afford it. So, I am tossing around the idea of creating a future whole-house decorating plan, complete with bathrooms and kitchen. Just enjoy what is here now and spend the next few years just saving as much as we possibly can. Right now the house design looks jumbled because we redecorate in bursts. Eventually, I want the whole house to have a more cohesive look.
So I want to know... what makes a home inviting to you? I know there have been houses where I have walked through the door and I don't feel much of anything, and then others where I am instantly hit with this feeling of being "home." What is that?? What is that X factor?
Maybe it's different for everyone... but I would love to know. Do you have a friend who has the coziest place you know? Is it your Grandmother's old house? What details make the home feel welcoming to you? Is it fresh flowers? The smell of cookies? The colors on the walls? The people who live there? And if it's the people who live there... what is it about their personality that makes you feel that way?
A couple years ago, if someone would have asked me what I wanted my home to feel like, I would have said "beautiful" and "fasionable." But now after having lived in this house for a while, I realize that what I really want is a house where people feel welcomed, loved, comfortable, and safe. I want a house that is both aesthetically beautiful, but also warm and inviting and very non-stuffy. I want people to instantly feel like it's okay for them to sit on my couch and put their feet up. I want people to feel like they can leave their troubles at my front steps. I want people to know how much I care about them and how happy I am to have them in my home and that they can come back any time!
Please tell me about your favorite, inviting homes! Design, details and the people who live there! :)