“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”
― Jane Austen
There is more to making a house into a home than picking pretty and co-ordinating decor items. I was having a conversation on this topic with a good friend and fellow designer today, after we looked at the Architectural digest. One can create a magazine worthy space, but if it does not reflect those who live in it, it will read cold and sterile. More over, creating a place you go to, to find comfort and escape the chaos of concrete jungle, it is more about an atmosphere than objects. While we need functional items to live comfortably, and some of these tangible objects may have emotional associations, there needs to be more. A successful space; in my opinion; to soak in life, will stimulate all senses. It will be filled with sights that conger up comforting memories, familiar smells, soothing sounds, engaging textures, and when it comes to food, I say turn off the TV, pull out the fine china, use the dining table, invite the company of loved ones and really participate in the culinary experience. Food prepared by your own hands should be celebrated and appreciated. No I am not suggesting you do this every day, but make it a regular occasion. Macaroni and cheese takes on a whole new meaning when eating it out of fine dishes. There is no reason you can't dine in luxury by yourself either.
After a long day there is nothing more soothing than simmering a pot of cinnamon or vanilla, adjusting the lighting to suit the mood; be it add more or dim them and light a collection of candles; and pulling up my favourite online 'Groove Shark' playlist. Home then becomes the most comforting place in the world.
A few of my favourite uplifting songs...
(for whatever reason, once you click on these links, it closes my website)
The Way I am, Ingred Michaelson
Banana Pancakes, Jack Johnson
Wiadom, Ion Storm
Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
When Your'e Smiling, Louis Armstrong
Padam, Edith Piaf
Two of my favourite comfort foods...
Home made soup and biscuits. The smell permeates the air and takes me back to a moment in time that I shared with my grandmother, Helen.
Also I love roast beef and gravy with mashed potatoes. Of course my moms is the best. Yum, I'm getting hungry!
I'd love to hear what makes your house a home!
What are your comfort foods and songs?