When it comes to making a house a home, we as women just have a certain knack that can not be underestimated. This became so clear to me on a recent outing to check out some open houses. We specifically went to see house because the pictures of it on the computer caught our eye. It was tastefully decorated and homey. Once inside, however, it was a different story. The owners had moved out, leaving nothing behind--except a substantial amount of repairs. Everywhere you looked there was something broken or damaged. It did not look well cared for, as the pictures led us to believe. It looked like it had been destroyed.
When we got home, my husband looked at the brochure from that house (showing it when the family still lived there). He said, "Now, what about this one? We didn't see this house." I reminded him that we had just come from that house.
How interesting it is that when a home is turned into a home, the eye is drawn to everything that is appealing and drawn away from that which needs repair. The house was the same house in the pictures that it was when we looked at it. The difference was the woman's touch (which lent it such an appealing air in the photos) was now missing.
Making home an inviting place to be doesn't have to cost a lot of money, or any additional money at all. There are simple things we can all do to kick the cozy welcome factor up a notch or two. We can clear clutter, we can add a few plants or pick some flowers from the garden and put them in a pretty vase, we can arrange (or rearrange) decorations we already own in an attractive way. Every home is different, and every decorating style is different. The goal is to figure out what ours is individually and use it to bless our families. And let's not forget the power of our attitude and words to affect the atmosphere of our homes as well.
So what can we do today to display the unspoken power of a woman's touch at home?
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