Over the years I have enjoyed reading books written by Emilie Barnes. The book "More Hours in My Day" series features organizational skills and tips for homemaking ease. And her book, "If Teacups Could Talk", has been credited with reviving the art of afternoon tea. She has also written several books on the subject of decorating, and while recently browsing through one of them, I came across this quote that really helps focus on the essence of home and it's ambiance.
"Your overall decorating goals should include creating an ambiance that pleases all the senses."
"A home is a place where we know we are protected and loved. It is a 'trauma center' where hurt people can get well. It is a place where freedom rings. The occupants don't have to be shaped with the same cookie cutter. Each person is encouraged to grow in his or her own direction for life. In this place called home, we can cry when we are sad and laugh with shouts of joy when we have victories."
"Soothing sounds, intoxicating aromas, sumptuous textures - all these add immeasurably to the overall sense of a beautifully decorated home. A comfortable home wants a person to say, 'I'm so glad to be home. This is where I can relax, recreate and recharge my battery for tomorrow.'"
Designing Your Home on a Budget
by Emilie Barnes and Yoli Brogger