Monday, February 13, 2017

Bringing Loveliness Into Your Home!!




With all the high speed technology in the world today I think we often forget about the gentleness we all need in life.



I was just reminded by reading my friend Melissa Michael's blog, The Inspired Room about having a lovely home. She is going to do post all week about this subject so be sure to go and visit her blog. I am looking forward to reading what she has to say. She always inspires me.





The simple yet lovely elements that make us feel content inside, are never costly items, just simple little touches that any of us can do.

Having a lovely home is more than a home that is well designed. A lovely home is a feast for all the senses.


I think we often forget the little things we can do to bring back the LOVELY to our homes.


Today I thought I would share some of the things I try to do in my own home to make it lovely not only for my guest, but for me!




These are simple ideas that cost very little, or in many cases cost nothing, like this first idea……….

BRINGING IN NATURE


My bottle is empty as well.:


Go out in your back yard and cut some greenery, or a single blossom and put it on your desk or guest bathroom sink, or on your dining table tonight for dinner.



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Add a little sparkle to your water with sequins. Just think about how this would glimmer next to a flickering flame of a votive candle.

 ferns, recycled glass bottles:
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Even a sprig of fern can look lovely in a simple glass bottle.

greenery:



Often we tend to think we have to have company to do these special little touches. 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

I think it is important to do add loveliness to our homes on a daily basis.

 music:

Every morning I wake up and open my blinds and turn on my stereo. I always have soft ambient music playing in the background.

 music:
You would be surprised at how it can lift your spirits, just to have the soft sound of beautiful music playing. Another no cost way to add a special feel to your home.

AMBIENT LIGHTING  
LIGHTING
candles:

Candles are always an extra added bonus in a room. Whether they add a scent or just the beautiful light that glimmers in a room.

 CANDLES:
Often times we think it has to be dark, or a candlelight dinner to have a candle lit. I light my candles even during the day. I have one on my desk that I love to light when I first wake up in the mornings.

 PRETTY REFRESHMENTS
Throughout the day we will all be drinking, coffee, tea or just plain water. Why not make it a little more special by drinking out of a special cup or glass, adding lemon, or ice cubes with fruit in them. Simple and very little cost to do this.

Lemon Water, or with lime. Anyway to get my 8 glasses of water a day:
 Add lemon slices to your water, and make it a little more special not only in taste, but visually.


 Fill glass with pink cotton candy and slowly pour Lime Perrier over it. Pretty and non-alcoholic! Perfect for friends who don't drink (or are preggers), so they don't feel left out from all the fancy party cocktails! My kids would LOVE this and think it was really cool! Maybe for New Year's Eve or some other special event/party.:  








FRESH AIR AND LIGHT 
  




If the weather allows, open up those windows and let fresh air flow through your home….

 Open windows:

 FRESH SHEETS

Fresh sheets on the bed sprayed with your favorite linen spray or fragrance.

Sometimes I just spray my fragrance on my pillow case because it is such a pleasure to lay my head down at night.
You already have the perfume, why not use it. Just think about how your spouse will be surprised when they lay their head down at bedtime….

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Another thing I do is to take a dryer sheet and rub it on the edge of the sheet that I fold over and on my pillow case.

Don’t forget you can also change your pillow case every night if you love the freshness of just laundered bedding.  You don't have to wait until you change all the sheets.
All of these things are no cost, yet they add loveliness to your day!

FRESH PRODUCE


If you have fresh fruit and/or veggies in your refrigerator bring them out, and put them in a colorful bowl for a pop of color on your counter.

 fresh produce summer goodness, just as pretty as flowers:

These are things you already have so why not utilize them in a lovely manner.

 produce on kitchen counters can be just as pretty as fresh flowers,  Goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com:


None of the above ideas are costly and they are so simple to do in your own home today!!


 ASSIGNMENT FOR TONIGHT


Tonight when you have dinner, light a candle, put a little vase of greenery next to it. Pull out your cloth napkins instead of paper. Use a tablecloth! Have music playing in the background, and have a LOVELY dinner!!
 
 
 

9 comments:

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You have just touched upon creating the beautiful soul of your home. My family says that my home is my canvas. I believe each one of us can paint our masterpiece by doing the simple things that you have mentioned. I think the key is doing things in your home that make you smile and feel embraced like a warm blanket.

Melissa Hebbard said...

Some lovely and easy ideas. Thanks Kathysue.
I like to fill a large glass jug with water every morning for my drinking water for the day. One of my favourite additions is a sprig of mint and 2 strawberries sliced into the water.
It makes it so easy to drink my 6 - 8 glasses of water each day and looks so pretty.

Debra Phillips said...

what loveliness to wake up to kathysue! the sun is out in chicagoland but the house is still all snug, cannot wait to open windows!
have a bright & fresh day
xx
debra

Maureen said...

Love this post Kathy Sue! Wonderful ideas and good reminders.
Do you have any suggestions for music? I need help choosing !
Happy Valentine's Day! 💕

Lady of the Manor said...

This was a lovely post, KathySue! Thanks for the wonderful ideas to make our homes loudly every day.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I always try to make our home feel warm, comfy and inviting. Not just for guests but for us everyday as well. You have given me some new ideas too. Happy Valentine's day to you and your hubby!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thank you, Kathysue! So many ways to bring loveliness to our life and home, thank you for sharing your ideas! And thanks for the shoutout, too :).

Happy Valentine's Day!

Mary said...

All great ideas. I do them as well. I remember my mother spraying lavender on my sheets when I was young. It made me feel special.

michele said...

beautiful lovely ideas to increase calm and so in harmony with the objective at hello lovely--to create more peace at home. and since it begins from the inside out, being gentle with yourself is the best way to begin the lovely transformation. xox