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Inviting Environments: The Art Of “Cozy”

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Home, they say, is where the heart is…but, it’s not secret that some homes have more “heart” than others. They are warm, cozy, and inviting, and for friends and family alike; making it likely that they are the gathering spots where memories are made.

But, just what makes a house (or apartment) a home? The experts weigh in.

1. Street Smarts: From a well manicured lawn to a well-swept welcome mat, and some colourful, seasonal décor and foliage, it’s all part of a package that invited people to get “closer”. Experts also suggest cleaning off your porch front windows and/or glass on your front door.

2. Stimulate The Senses: Besides looking good, experts assert that your home should also smell good, especially when you open your front door to greet your guests. If you are hosting a dinner, keep in mind that while some food smiles can be inviting and enticing, others can be “offensive” and should be, at minimal, masked. Other inviting smells include fresh baked breads, cakes, cookies, or pastries, as well as seasonal florals placed in a vase. Or you can get these scents by lighting a scented candle. And, be sure to have some welcoming music “softly” playing in the background.

3. Make Your Home User and Visitor Friendly: Clear shoes from all entry ways and make sure closets are cleaned out and feature some fabulous hangers . Also have drinks and munchies available for tastes of all ages and make sure your home is free of clutter, making it easy for guests to move around and get comfortable.

4. Join The Fun: According to experts, it’s always nice to greet your guests looking YOUR best as well. And, while serving up some food and fun should be on the menu, make sure you set aside time to enjoy the company. After all, it’s likely your guests have paid a visit to spend some extra time with you….and if you’re busy bustling around they may feel awkward about having fun (in your home) . With that said, experts suggest first, making proper preparations, then, properly participating in the “party”.

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