Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Homekeeper's Journal: Nesting

This week’s Homekeeper’s Journal is all about Nesting …….

Let’s define our terms ….

Nest - a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.
Nesting - to build or have a nest
In my neck of the woods its getting cooler and Autumn isn’t far away. Its time to start nesting and get my home cozy and comfortable for the cooler days ahead.  I want to create a retreat from the world, a resting place, home.
Get your thinking caps on and lets talk about how we can arrange, order, decorate and change our homes so that they are a warm wonderful retreat for our families this Autumn and Winter.

My kitchen would be more inviting if …………. I had room for at least a small kitchen table or island so that someone would come in and talk to me while I was cooking. Sometimes I get lonely with no one to talk to. Other times I get nervous because the kids--having nowhere else to be--are underfoot while I'm trying to get a meal on the table.

My best tip for making a home seem more welcoming….cut the clutter! I know, easier said than done. I feel much more relaxed and welcome in my own home when everything has a place and everything is in its place.

To give the feeling of warmth in my home I often….use throws and lower the lights. It seems like warm, soft light helps everyone feel warmer whether it actually varies the temperature or not.

In the cooler months, it is essential for me to ….. have plenty of the afore-mentioned throws in the living room. Our older home is quite drafty and not well insulated so we just wrap up when we sit around the living room.

Some favorite Autumn/Winter recipes are …..all kinds of soups, apple pie and warm comfort foods. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, pumpkin cheesecake and cranberry salad are essential to a good holiday.

A Quick Tip for making your house more inviting ……candles, soft light and everything put away. I know I already mentioned those things, but those are the things that come to mind first. I think a nice fresh tablecloth and centerpiece on the table spruce things up quite a bit. Quiet, in-the-background music. Good conversation.

This post is linked to and Raising Homemakers.

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog and answers to the meme. I understand, I wish I had a place where others come come and talk to me as I cook.