Rule #4: Don’t forget the other senses

One of my favourite images from Country Living

I’m writing about my “House Rules” this week - a few things I want to keep in mind when it comes to creating our future home.

 Some of my fondest memories of the house I grew up in are not visual at all.  My mom was very good at creating a visually attractive home, but there was so much more than that.  It was the cool smell of fresh air in the morning.  It was the sound of Christmas music ringing through the house.  It was the warmth of sitting on the carpet in front of the radiator snuggled in a soft blanket.

I really want to pay attention to the other senses when creating my home: open windows for fresh, cool air and the sounds of rustling leaves and singing birds.  lit candles that fill the room with warm scents.  scents of yummy baking and cooking to greet those who come in the door.  music played to dance to, clean to, relax to.  quiet times.  warm soft blankets at arm’s reach.  each bed kept with crisply cleaned sheets that smell like fresh laundry.  warm fragrant drinks offered to talk over.  bare windows to bring in sunbeams to snuggle up in.  fresh flowers or evergreen boughs to leave a fresh scent lingering whenever possible.

Design by Brad & Kendra via Apartment Therapy 

Design by Brad & Kendra via Apartment Therapy 

Image from Period Living

Image from Period Living

Image from Benjamin Moore (Paint colour, Alaskan Husky)

Image from Benjamin Moore (Paint colour, Alaskan Husky)