What Makes A House A Home

October 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Design Space

I often flip through the pages of design magazines to admire beautiful images of houses that are flawlessly decorated.  I envision surrounding myself in beautiful handmade furnishings, the creamy sofas and dark wood floors, wrought iron staircase and fine silk rugs, and most importantly the Kitchen, cream cabinetry with marble counters and glass tile backsplash.  As beautiful as the glossy pages are, I find it difficult to picture my family living in these environments.  Something is always not quite as I would have it.  More importantly, most things are not as my husband or children would have them.   Which gets me to thinking: “What makes a house a home?’

I suppose my answer would be much different from yours, since my family is also likely to be different from yours.  Or maybe not?  I know this for sure, my house is a home because of four very important elements that fill it with beauty every day.  Yes. Yes.  It’s filled with love too.  But I am talking about the physical spaces that are mandatory to make it the place we can’t wait to get back to.

Mariette Himes Gomez (AD Nov 2006)

Mariette Himes Gomez (AD Nov 2006)

It’s nourishing, for the body and the soul.  It’s where my hands work their hardest to feed a growing family with the best foods possible.   There is plenty of room to spread out, a place for all the cookbooks, cupboards filled with favorites, and a huge surface for preparing hearty dinners and rolling out dough.   And when it’s all ready, there is a place to sit and savor, unwind and reflect, relish and flourish.

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

It’s comforting.  At the end of a hard day, when the sniffles turn into the flu, a sudden waking from a bad dream, or feeling just plain lazy, there is comfort here.   A big bed to sink into with wonderful white sheets, a place to cuddle with a good book, and a colour palette that is natural and calming.  Here is where our day gets put to rest, and we wake ready to face the world all over again.

Mariette Himes Gomez (AD Nov 2006)

Mariette Himes Gomez (AD Nov 2006)

It’s a place to learn and grow.  When we need a place to think, a place to read, a place to share thoughts and ideas, read a book, surf the net, and finish homework.  There is a place that is free from distraction and full of inspiration.  It is warm and inviting, and puts a mind at rest.  Come one, come all, but respect the rules of this very enlightening space.

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

Christopher Maya, Interior Designer

And of course, it’s where we connect! Where we share our love for one other, and remind one another of the importance of friendship and family.   Whether it is sitting around a breakfast table or lounging together, playing games, fighting for toys, fighting for the remote, we are together and we are a family.  And that is the most beautiful gift of all.   Because my house is just a few walls, filled with cabinets, sofas, beds, and a bunch of other “stuff” that doesn’t mean anything at all, until the people I love are in it!

About the Author:

Vitania M Liscio is a small business owner from Toronto, Canada with over 10 years experience running her family’s furniture manufacturing business. With an always apparent passion for art & design, Vitania has created a line of furnishings that is beautiful, timeless and of superior craftsmanship. A devoted blogger, she brings a fresh perspective to the world of fashion and interiors, that includes admiration of the laborious work of designers, artisans and fine artists.

Business: www.anvilwroughtiron.com
Blog: www.verdigrisvie.blogspot.com


7 Responses to “What Makes A House A Home”
  1. janice says:

    I loved this! Glad to see you back.

    I’m hooked on gorgeous photos of homes, gardens and crafts, but my love of homes goes deeper. Home is where function and beauty marry and long to spend time with loved ones and lovers. Homes are living art. They symbolise our attempts as human beings to make the most of what we have, to express ourselves and provide shelter for the spirit as well as for our basic human needs.

  2. Vitania says:

    So very well said Janice. Homes truly are living art., that cannot be defined by tangible objects but by movement. and interaction.

    Looking forward to reading your article….

    Thanks for stopping in

  3. Pamela says:

    All true. And I would add, Edward makes my house a home!!

  4. Charlie says:

    This is such a beautiful post. A house is not a home without the people we love. Home is where I nurture my family and where we run to when we need a break. It’s our soft place to land. Home is definitely not about all the material things we bring into it but those lovely things add beauty and comfort to our days. It helps me create a warm, safe and inviting place for my family to enjoy.

  5. Vitania says:

    Thank you so much for stopping in Charlie. . And you too Pamela.

    I never thought I would love being home as much as I do now. I was always out and about, couldn’t stay put. Now, I have settled in quite nicely, and really enjoy all the comforts.