I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Isaiah 48:17
A Home means there are people in it, and there is love, security and memories created within that structure. A House transforms into a Home when layers are added.
When I walk through our Home, I add layers by what I do. As I grow older, I am more purposeful in my actions. There is no right from wrong, too much, too little, because our Lord made each of us uniquely. There should never be guilt associated either. However you choose to layer your Home will be perfect if it’s done with a pure heart.
Many of the layers I add to my Home are done simply because I like them. It’s what I’m drawn to and fits my personality. Other layers are added as I watch my family; their reactions and desires. Layers for a Home can be found in sight, sense, smell, touch, etc.
I light candles because I love the scent and the warm flicker.
I use lamps as indirect lighting because it creates a peaceful, calm atmosphere.
I open curtains to start our day, and then close them at dusk to signal rest for our Home.
I have either flowers, a plant, leaves and acorns or something”alive” from outside in the Home to bring nature in.
I bake in our Home so the smells of yumminess drift through the rooms.
I lay books, journals, newspapers and magazines on table tops to encourage the refreshment of reading, writing and stillness.
I place pictures of special moments in sight so they can enrich our memories.
I set a basket of soft blankets in our living room so that everyone can snuggle and stay longer.
These are not amazing things that I have discovered. I never even thought about any of them until recently. But once I put some thought to them, it brought joy to my heart. Layering your Home isn’t about how long the checklist can be. You already have layers in your Home just by being you.
Layer for you; how God designed you. Then Layer for family; each one unique. This will create a Home that is rich and full of Life.
As our blog shares more about the layers we love, please note: some will speak to your heart more than others. And some will be that tug from our Lord, nudging you to try them for yourself. A few will be for remembrance of childhood or loved ones. And absolutely none of them are to make any of us feel inadequate. Layers are used to enrich our Homes; a few, or many, depends entirely on the family and God’s design.