A House is More Than the Sum of its Accessories


There’s an old saying which goes ‘The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it’. Whilst the author of the statement is unknown, the truth in this statement cannot be disputed. For what is the point in having a beautiful home, if you have no one to share it with?

There is a lot to be said for another proverb, ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’. Certainly, your house should be a refuge from the world, a place to retreat to when it all gets a bit too much. Everything you need should be at your fingertips and the décor should do you proud. Be wary, though, of falling into the trap of preferring your own or your immediate family’s company at all times in your newly-perfected home, rather than inviting people in to share.

After all, you could spend months choosing the right home accessories, perfecting the colour schemes and installing new-fangled gadgets. You could labour endlessly over sanding down that 18th century dining room table, lovingly restoring it to its former glory. All the right finishing touches could be in place, such as an elaborate ornate mirror and a matching standing clock, both cutting imposing figures in the drawing room. In truth, however, a perfect house without human company is no more than a mausoleum. So once your house is how you want it to be, you must ensure to share the joy with your friends.

Why not arrange for an event, a house warming party or similar, to welcome your friends to your abode. Invite the people you love to see the most, whether they are family members, old college friends, or work colleagues from jobs past. Perhaps send out invitations to add that extra special touch to the occasion, or hire some help for the kitchen. Plan the menu carefully and check to see whether the weather will be fine. You want to show your home off in the best light, after all.

Prior to their arrival, make sure your guests will be comfortable in your home. Are the bed throws sufficiently soft and luxurious? Does the décor in each room invite people in and enable them to have a restful night’s sleep? Will the sofas you have selected be at the same time both comfortable and elegant, to fit in with your chic look? When you are sure that the house will make your guests happy, you can invite them in.

Provide your guests with plenty of entertainment once they are in your home. Serve fine wines and delicious meals of little known delicacies. Engage in scintillating conversation, staying up all night talking and catching up on events. If your guests are staying over, don’t forget to serve them a hearty breakfast, cooked in your rustic kitchen and served on homely antique plates. You’ll be to sure to enjoy yourself and better yet, your guests will too.

Now your house is truly a home.

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