5 tips to a more inviting home

inviting home

There are so many adjectives I can use to describe my ideal home. At the top of that list, though, the word I want conjured up both in my mind, and the mind’s of my guests, is “inviting.” An inviting home beckons you in and makes you want to stay a while. Creating an inviting, welcoming home isn’t hard and shouldn’t be expensive, and on that note, I’m sharing some of my best tips with you all today! So let’s get started…

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1. Inviting homes make captivating scents a priority.
Scent is powerful. Filling your home with crave-worthy, sophisticated scents is the easiest way to infuse it with the warmth and coziness that is the trademark of a truly inviting home. As style expert Nate Berkus notes, “Scent is key to elevating your décor. It builds an association to you and your home. Your home is a reflection of your personality, and what matters to you. With the new Unstopables collection you can add individual scents or mix and match candles, room sprays, in-wash scent boosters, scented oil warmers and fabric refreshers to create a home fragrance that’s truly you.”

Nowadays, home and personal fragrances are intersecting and discerning consumers are gravitating toward a “signature scent” that reflects their individuality via their various environments. This not only involves fine fragrance and luxury home scents, but products such as P&G’s Unstopables that can be enjoyed by all at a more accessible price.

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Featuring double-wick technology that automatically alternates between two complementary scents that captivate and transform your environment, Unstopables Scented Oil Warmers are one of my new favorite things. It’s impossible to explain exactly how good my living room smells right now!

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With two little kids, our upholstered furniture often needs a bit of refreshing. Unstopables Fabric Refresher is my go-to solution for immediate and scent-satisfying results.

inviting home

inviting home

2. Delicious-smelling candles add warmth, atmosphere, and an irresistibly inviting glow.
I’ve been called the “Queen of Candles,” and with good reason-I adore the scent and warmth candles add to a home. Lighting candles is such a great way to inexpensively and quickly make your home more inviting.

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3. Sometimes, the smallest touches make the biggest impact when creating an inviting home.
Plants (I adore succulents for their low-maintenance style), fresh flowers, home-baked goodies, lots of books…these are all small touches that create huge impact in the quest for an inviting home.

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When it comes to house guests, there are some additional ways to cultivate a welcoming space. Putting out handmade soaps for guests to use is one of my favorites, as is supplying your guests with big, fluffy, just-from-the dryer towels. Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster is another little trick of mine, add it to your wash, and it infuses linens, towels and clothes with sophisticated scents (for up to 12 weeks).

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foyer decor

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4.  Gussy up your front door and entryway-they’re the first thing people see when they enter your home and set the tone for the rest of the space.
First impressions are important, and nothing gives your guests a great first impression of your home than a welcoming front porch and entryway. A clearly-marked house number, a front door wreath, flowers in the planters, a place for guests to set down any bags, somewhere for guests to sit to remove their shoes-these little touches go a long way in setting the inviting, welcoming tone for your home.

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5. Add some texture and contrasting elements to your space.
Adding lots of different textures to your home, whether it’s a natural, nubby rug, textured pillows or throws, warm wood elements, or a fun fur pouf, makes your space feel inviting and welcoming. In addition, adding contrasting elements-a sleek, glossy end table matched with a textured rug, for instance, adds instant charm and interest.

So tell me, what are YOUR best tips for creating an inviting home?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

    


easy valentine’s day gift–hot cocoa spoons!

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We’re quickly approaching Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to share one last quick and easy DIY perfect for teacher, neighbor, and everyone-else gifts!

hot cocoa spoons

I’m a huge fan of hot cocoa in the Winter, so these DIY Hot Cocoa spoons are right up my alley. Drop into a cellophane bag, add a hot cocoa packet, and tie with some twine or ribbon, and you’re done!

Start with some wooden spoons, and the chocolate of your choice. Melting chocolate is GREAT for this, as it hardens well and the spoons don’t need to be refrigerated. I had this delicious Dulce de leche from Trader Joe’s, though, that I wanted to try, and all I can say is “wow.” So good. While your spoon is still wet, dip into the toppings of your choice.

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Let dry on a piece of parchment, and you’re done! I stamped “xoxo” on the handles, which is completely optional but completely adorable in my opinion :)

hot cocoa gift

valentines gift

 

Happy Wednesday!

    


throw a comfort foods party with marie callender’s pot pies {plus free printables}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WarmthInACrust #CollectiveBias

comfort foods

I’ll admit it: Winter has never been my favorite season. Because of this, I always try to find ways to enjoy the season more. Whether it’s planning a get together with friends, indulging in some favorite comfort foods or putting together and enjoying a Winter-inspired tablescape, truly making an effort to enjoy the season makes Winter much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I did all three of the above this past weekend and held a Comfort Foods Party featuring some yummy eats, including Marie Callender’s Pot Pies! I’m so excited to share it with you all today–and be sure to scroll all the way through the post-I’m sharing free printables and recipes throughout!

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When I think of comfort foods, I think of easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes that warm you from the inside out. With the recent cold-front moving through, pot pies are the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Paired with sides such as homemade mac n cheese, mini cornbread muffins, and hot apple cider, this Comfort Foods party was a definite hit.

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Want to throw your own Comfort Foods get-together? These free printables will help you get started! Click here to download the gold “Gather Together” printable, and click here for the Comfort Foods Party invitation! The invite printable allows you to print 3 invitations per 8×10 sheet of cardstock, and, of course, it’s blank so you can fill in your own information.

As we all know, a great party is all in the details. Take a look at some of the easy touches that made this tablescape extra inviting…

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Wooden flatware in drawstring bags add a fun touch, as do confetti dot cloth napkins and mismatched white plates.

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And can we talk for a minute about this lovely (and easy!) backdrop? I call it my “dollar-eighty-nine” backdrop, because it literally cost, you guessed it, $1.89 to make. I started by taping lengths of streamers to the wall, carefully twisted each 5 times, and secured it with a piece of tape at the bottom. So easy.

Of course, we all know that a party is only as good as it’s food, and the obvious choice for our main dish were Marie Callender’s pot pies-homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Yum.

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Interested in learning more about Marie Callenders? Visit their site here for information on their products, special offers, and more, and potpieplease for great recipe ideas.

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We love cornbread muffins in our house, and this Basic Mini Cornbread Muffin recipe is a favorite!

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Love mac n cheese? You’ll love it even more once you discover how easy it is to cook it in the crock pot (why had I never tried this before?!). I used this Crockpot Mac n Cheese Recipe.

Interested in hosting your own Comfort Foods Party? Be sure to print off the free printables, and head to Walmart, which is where I picked up our Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Walmart has a huge selection and great prices for Marie Callender’s products. Also, be sure to check out Marie Callender’s Facebook page for updates, new product info, and great ideas using Marie Callender’s products.

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Lastly, be sure to visit Marie’ Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to help support our troops overseas. What a worthy cause!

 So tell me-what are your best ideas for enjoying Winter a bit more and beating the Winter blues?

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