Sometimes, you enter a house, and everything is clinically clean, everything is in its place. Do you get the feeling that you are in a waiting room or a show home, not able to relax? You perch on the pristine white lounge suite, as you uncomfortably make conversation and can’t wait to leave.

On the other hand some homes, and I like to think my home too, are different. You breathe a sigh of relief as you enter the door. Kick off your shoes and sink into the comfortable lounge.

What makes one house homely and welcoming and the other house not so much?


A lovely smell of baking. Maybe delicious cake, biscuits or bread smells wafting from the oven.

The mouth-watering smell of a roast coming from the kitchen.

The beautiful smell of flowers coming from a vase on the table.

The smell of freshly washed linen or freshly ironed clothes.

A candle’s wonderful aroma drifting around the house.


A well-stocked farmhouse kitchen.

A large, overstuffed sofa that looks so inviting and comfy.

A cat curled up asleep on the chair.

A dog stretched out underneath the table.

Positive sayings and quotes in noticeable places around the home.

A knitting or crochet basket crammed with wool, needles and patterns, overflowing on the floor.


Ticking of a clock somewhere in the house.

The laughter of children playing in the yard.

I like to think my home is welcoming, warm, a safe haven from the world outside.  Somewhere you can make yourself at home and really relax.

I think that, especially if you have children, that is the best home to have. Do you agree?

Is your house a home?

  • Pretty sure this house is a home. It’s not clinically clean and a lot if things aren’t always in their place


  • I agree completely! I love the idea of hanging positive quotes around the house!


  • I try to keep our apartment clean but my 1 year old prefers to have his toys strewn across the floor.


  • My home is clean but cluttered, that means it’s lived in and is our home, I think so anyway


  • My house is definitely a home although I have a friend whose house is like a showroom she has two boys and it boggles my mind how she keeps it that way too scared to use a cup last for a coffee when I’m there


  • I’m always baking so the smell of bread or vanilla does linger :) reminding me I’m home.


  • Love the smell of baking or candles in lieu of baking =)


  • Great article, I totally agree with this.


  • yeah also my children and their toys, drawings,love and laughter make my home. i am also so fortunate that i get this with my soul mate and best friend who i also got to marry


  • Thanks again for sharing this article and ideas. Have been trying lots of candles and melts and love the smell of them.


  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article and lists; I love the smell of coffee and baking and my house always smells of both!


  • this is a great list!! it’s amazing how all the little things make a difference
    thanks for sharing with the mums


  • I cant wait to have my own home!


  • I love a tidy home, I just wish I liked cleaning it LOL


  • I believe colours, scents and personal treasured knick knacks make a house your comfortable home.


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