What Makes a House a Home

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Did you ever wonder why the saying “Home Sweet Home” isn’t “House Sweet House?” The word “home” has a much deeper meaning.    

A house is just four walls and a roof, but a home is made up of everything else inside. A house may be decorated from floor to ceiling with the finest furnishings money can buy.  But that will never ever make it a home.  A home is a sanctuary.  Home is comfort.  Home is inviting.  Home is a refuge from the world. 

Here are some of our favorite things about home.

Home is cozy.  

Home is lived In.  

Home is a pair of shoes in the corner, a blanket on the sofa, books and magazines strewn about, and jackets and scarves on the hooks. 

Home is where you wear your coziest clothing with only comfort and never fashion in mind. 
 
Home is where there are kids’ fingerprints on the windows.

And pet chew toys under the couch.

And pets who sneak up on the couch. 

Home is where there is a junk drawer that needs organizing. 

And laundry piling up. 

Home is where you celebrate that there are messy piles everywhere.

Because those messy piles mean you have loved ones among you. 

Home is filled with your favorite smells.

Like freshly baked cookies.   

Or your dad’s BBQ. 
 
Home is time spent slowing down. A place where you might steal a Sunday afternoon nap.

Home is where you begin your morning, and where you meet your loved ones at day’s end.

What is it that makes your house your home? Email me and let me know.