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What Makes Your House Feel?

As a sequential tenant, I am always struggling with how to customize each cookie cutter apartment I land in. They all come with the exact same bland palette — white (or beige) walls, white (or beige) cabinets, white (or beige) carpeting — so finding a way to snug them up takes an exhausting quantity of creativity.

My current location has a little more pizzazz (plus a great deal less carpeting), but that I still struggle with making it feel like home. The house I grew up in was warm and familiar, full of oversize sofas, family photo collages and primo rest spots. Now that I am out on my own, attempting to replicate that’s been more challenging than I thought. I’ve filled my house with photos, an abundance of blankets and vivid colour schemes, but I just can’t seem to find that one thing which gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Over the years, what is the 1 thing which has made your house feel like home? Is there a piece of artwork, a family heirloom or even a favorite recliner which cheerfully welcomes you daily? Please discuss details and — very important — a photo in the Remarks section at the end.

Urban Rustic Living

Family photos are a great way to create a house feel like home. Have you got a smart way to show your favorite snapshots?

Karen Joy Interiors

This small reading nook is filled with hot, personal touches. Have you got a favorite spot where you feel surrounded by the things you love?

Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLC

Is there a piece of furniture that is an important part of your house? Snap a photo and discuss it in the Remarks section.

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