Creating a cozy, welcoming home is such an art and this is an area I am always striving to grow in. My hope is that when friends, family or strangers step into our front door, they feel so much love and peace.
That is why I have been so excited to finally be able to share some of my sweet friends and their beautiful homes. Not only do you get a little taste of their loves spaces, but they are sharing several of their best tips for making your homes welcoming and cozy for the ones you love
Also be sure to check out their blogs and Instagram feeds. You will be blown away and inspired by all the beauty and love!
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We love gathering nature to bring inside our home, whether it be plants and trees from our local nursery, pretty blooms from the farmer's market, or seasonal beauty we've found growing outside. I love the warmth and coziness these natural elements give our simple aesthetic. To keep things welcoming and kid-friendly we have sprinkled woven baskets, both big and small, all over our home. You can find them in every room, housing things from Theodore's little wooden blocks, to knit blankets, to stella's crayons at our art station. Using storage like this evokes the message that everything is accessible in our home. It is also a quick way to tidy up at the end of the day!"
- - -Tatiana // Flora and Fauna Blog // Instagram
1) I think there's just about nothing better than some fresh flowers. They instantly put a smile on anyone's face and it is such a welcoming sight in a guest room. In addition to flowers I like to have some magazines available for when my guests would like to kick back and relax in their room. Having a local magazine on hand is extra thoughtful so they can pick out exactly what parts of the city they may be interested in exploring or what restaurant sounds the most appealing to them.
2) We've all forgotten stuff when traveling so it's good to have a few of the essentials on hand for your guests. Whenever I don't forget myself at a hotel I'll make sure to pack away some of their samples for our future guests. Also, I have a little secret - I always search for the cheapest but fluffiest towels at Target so that I can replace them when they're not perfectly white anymore. I mean who doesn't love a fluffy towel? And conversely there's nothing worse than an scratchy and musky towel.
3) Most people I know travel with laptops. Additionally those laptops have DVD drives. On account of that I keep a collection of funny, feel-good movies in the guest room for their enjoyment on evenings when they feel like staying up and having a laugh. "It's Complicated" is always a huge hit!
My goal with having guests over is that when they leave they leave feeling loved, happy, special and cared for. Flowers, fluffy towels, movies packed with laughs and thoughtful magazines are my way of doing that. In addition to a home cooked meal!
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Clarita // Skies of Parchment Blog // Instagram
Making a home welcoming for guests is about creating an atmosphere of warmth and welcome, even more than actual things we do. What speaks life and warmth to me is happiness and joy and peace, and so it is really more about BEING the atmosphere than making or doing things in a house. We enjoy having guests that are local and we've also hosted a lot of out-of-state guests, so while I've had some practice, I still feel like I'm learning. :) As our family grows and we now have three little children, I need to do things differently than when I was a newly-wed in order for things to go smoothly.
So for me that means doing preparations ahead of time if possible - like shopping for food several days in advance, and beginning the food prep early enough in the day to where I don't feel pressured because I'm running out of time. Or cleaning the house a day or two before so I don't feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done in one day.
And then it's fun to add a few thoughtful touches as guests arrive - chocolates on the bed for overnight guests, fluffy white towels set up on the counter in the restrooms, a little flower bouquet (even if it's greens from the shrubbery around the house). And for local guests that come for a meal, it's fun to light some candles, play a little background music, and quickly spray a little perfume on myself before they arrive. You know, in the event that I wasn't as organized as I hoped to be or if something unexpected came up with the kids and I somehow didn't have time for a shower. :) But far above having everything perfect in the house, having guests is simply about enjoying them, delighting in their presence and in the gift of sharing friendship with them. With that kind of mentality, even having take-out pizza on the table can be a wonderful dining experience!
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