WWhat turns a house into a home? A house, by definition, is a structure whose main purpose is to be occupied for habitation by humans. A home, however, is a place of peaceful refuge, where belongings are kept and where a person feels safe and accepted. Transforming a mere residence into a restful retreat involves cultivating an environment that fulfills the five senses—and the talented homeowners whom you’ll meet in this issue sure know how to fashion serene surroundings. Here are just a few of the ideas from our nine featured homes: Sweet Smells: Whether you prefer bouquets in full bloom or a few handfuls of understated wildflower sprays popping out of vases and pitchers, place flowers and greenery on mantels, tables and shelves to bring fresh and fragrant aromas that are sure to delight the nose. (See “Hidden Gem,” pages 16–23.)
Color Connections: Attract the eye toward a favorite neutral-hued collectible by pairing it with colorful, smaller-scale items. The brighter pieces will direct attention to the real star of the display. (See “Texas State of Mind,” pages 76–85.)
Tasty Treats: The sense of taste might not seem like it connects directly to interior design, but set out a freshly baked pie, cake or batch of muffins atop a unique pedestal surrounded by a wispy wreath, and your family and guests surely will take notice. (See “Unexpected Appeal,” pages 24–33.)
Creature Comforts: Soft pillows, quilts and coverlets all beckon people—and pets—to sit and stay awhile, no matter the weather or season. Incorporate these touchable textiles into every room to foster cozy, comfortable living quarters. (See “Secondhand Charm,” pages 56–65.)
We hope the abundance of enlightening ideas in this issue will inspire you to dream up new ways to create pleasing vignettes in your home. And, just as important, don’t forget to appeal to your sense of hearing with your favorite music. Those soothing sounds, combined with decorating that enlivens the other four senses, will evoke a welcoming ambience that you will love to live in.
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