Spending Time Together

Recently I was working on an article about making our homes more welcoming for guests, and I shared some of the things that I have done to make our new home welcoming for friends. I wanted to share more of that experience with you, to “open my home” to you- so to speak- and share what I do to bring friends and family together.

With any new adventure such as a new home or just a change of season like FALL it reminds me that it’s time to come inside and make our home ready for the winter months ahead and guests! And we are fortunate enough to have had several grace our home, from traveling college students to siblings it’s been a fun summer of welcoming folks into our home. So, what makes my home that special place for our family and friends to gather? Is it the warm people that greet them at the door, the wow factor as they walk into your kitchen greeted by the scent of fresh baked goods, or is it the little touches that say- ‘Home is important to us and we are glad to share it with you’. I’d like to think it is all of it that makes our guests remember their time spent with us- well, there won’t be baked good necessarily, but there will be good food.

Here are a few more fresh ideas that I have implemented into making our home ‘guest ready’-

Nothing says ‘Welcome’ like a Fresh set of new bed linens and towels. Simple right. Moving makes it easy to look at your linens and decide ‘is that tattered towel worth spending money to move’? Even if you aren’t moving, Fall is the perfect time to spruce up the linen closet with a fresh eye and purge your old, worn out linens. If you missed our linen event at the store this Spring, you don’t know the benefits of investing in good natural quality fabrics and the long-term savings they allow…but we can share that information with you in store.

A new home also makes it easy to re-think how you ‘live’ in a kitchen. I planned my kitchen around someone else’s design so I really had to work through the layout as it wasn’t how I would have designed it. My challenge, as with any kitchen layout design, is to process how you live in your home. I wanted to make my kitchen work well for not just us, but guests as well. Making sure coffee mugs are where they should be is a VERY welcoming touch for guests. Again, it’s FALL and that makes it the perfect time to re-think your kitchen layout, and the accessories that make it functional and fashionable.

Lastly, welcoming guests means have comfy places for them to ‘sit a spell’ and visit! Whether that is a comfortable counter stool, a quiet chair for reading or a rooftop deck, each of those spaces needs to have a few key elements to make your guests ready to kick back and enjoy your company. I like to have a drink table (for both coffee and wine) easily accessible in any sitting area, as well as a comfortable stool for hanging in the kitchen. I recently had to replace my stools and found some great new styles and designs. Lighting is hugely important in any space, and guest spaces are no different. Lamps for reading in bed or in a chair, overhead lighting for tasks, ambient lighting for gathering areas help make a house feel welcoming for your guests.

When our guests come walking through our doors, we see our homes through their eyes and sometimes I don’t like what I see! So, let’s make this our reminder to start our preparations early, so when everyone starts to arrive, we get to do what really is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of any visit. Spending Time Together.