Does a house become a home when there are people living in it? Does it matter if the people living in it are family or friends?
Does a house become a home when it is decorated 'just so'?
Does a house become a home when food is cooked in it? When parties are held? When company is over?
Does a house become a home when it is landscaped? When it has a garden, a deck, a yard, or view?
When does a house become a home?
While house hunting the past few months I have found myself pondering this very subject.
What truly makes a house a home?
When I get a house what do I want to do with it?
What are the goals, what is the 'feeling' I'd like our house to convey to us and for others visiting.
What will we use our house for?
Here are some of my thoughts on what I hope to do to turn our future house into a home!
I want our home to be a refuge from the world. A vacation of sorts and a place in which we can unwind and enjoy to be in. A place when company comes, they wish they didn't have to leave because of the peace experienced away from the hectic world.
I want our home to be a safe place, where our family and friends can be open and not judged. Where we can just be ourselves without having that pressure to be someone or something we are not.
I want to use our home to grow and edify our marriage, our children and friendships with others.
I want to use our home to teach our children to experience life slowly, enjoy life and enjoy our surroundings; to live simply and savor simplicity.
I think our future house will become a home when we move in an start using it with these hopes and goals in mind.
It doesn't matter if I don't get it all decorated up 'perfectly' right away. Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination! (One of the things I'd love for my children to learn!)
It doesn't matter if I get a huge kitchen garden right away, even one tomato plant is better than nothing! A few herbs in pots in the window will do just fine too. These things don't make a house a home any more than a few strands of pearls would make a swine a fashionista.
A house, of any sort, becomes a home when you make it a home!