Learning to Enjoy Your Home in a New Way



Letting go of the little things and considering the intangible parts of your home, like the feeling you get when you’re sitting on the porch on a warm night, can help you love your home more. Learning to appreciate the small joys your house offers can be more effective and longer lasting than the satisfaction that comes with buying a new rug or sofa.

Get Personal

Douglas Calhoun

Whether you live in a custom-built home, an older house or a rental, you can make it feel like you. Honoring your tastes — in color, art, heirlooms and accessories — will help you stay true to yourself and make your home beautiful, too.

Create a Calm Place 

What makes a home peaceful? We know as soon as we see or feel it, but creating it in our own homes can be difficult. Most peaceful spaces share certain things in common: serene color palettes, filtered light and plenty of easy-to-implement tidiness tricks. Try integrating some of these strategies into your own home for a simply calming space.

Feed Your Creativity

Design Sponge

At the end of a long day, you may be more inclined to hole up on the couch with a glass of wine than to whip out a paintbrush and palette. When you feel the need to jump-start your artistic self, find a corner to call your own, eliminate distractions, make it easy to access your materials and add a dose of humor to keep your mind fresh and the ideas coming.

Pare Down


Simplifying your life can give you more time, space and happiness. Now, this doesn’t mean giving up all of your favorite furniture — it’s about embracing what you really love and learning to let go of the rest. Check out our ideas for creating simple systems that work for you and your house — and how to stick with them.

Follow Your Heart

Home Talk

When it comes to being happier in your home, sometimes it’s the big decisions that matter most — like learning to follow your heart. But sometimes it’s the little things — like putting new soap in your bathroom, painting your front door or simply setting the table — that make the biggest difference.

Article courtesy of Houzz