When a guest or family member enters your home what is the first thing they see? Is it an empty space with no welcoming touch? Is there a place for their coat, shoes or bag? Is it a cluttered array of backpacks, laptop cases, shoes, coats etc?
A chalk board in a kitchen center, a gathering of objects by theme Look around the space where you live. Is there a touch of something natural in each room? A bowl of shells or pot-porri, a bud vase with a couple of fresh rose buds, a basket of pine cones can all give a touch of nature to the room. A grouping of candles on a silver or glass tray is beautiful and adds a soft touch.
Textiles are important. Is there a cozy quilt or afghan nearby that someone can curl up with to read a book? Are there comfy pillows on the sofa and chairs? Even an ottoman can signal to guests that you would like them to stay awhile as they put up their feet and read from the interesting magazines set in a basket nearby. Tiny touches make huge statements. It tells your family and guests that you are glad they are here. It says that you've thought of them and what would make them feel comfortable in your home. It says, "Welcome! Come and sit awhile, rest, relax, enjoy. I'm so glad you came!"