Saturday, 26 January 2013

What Makes A House A Home? - Giveaway


Disclosure: I have received a complimentary product for this Giveaway. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own. 


When you enter a house sometimes, everything is clinically clean, everything is in its place. Do you get the feeling that you are in a waiting room or a show home, not able to relax?

On the other hand some homes, and I like to think my home too, are different.


What makes it homely and welcoming?


Smells 

  • A lovely smell of baking a cake, biscuits or bread.
  • The mouth watering smell of a roast coming from the kitchen.
  • The beautiful smell of flowers coming from a vase on the table.
  • The smell of freshly washed linen or freshly ironed clothes.
  • A candle’s wonderful aroma drifting around the house.

Sights 
  • A well stocked farmhouse kitchen.
  • A large, overstuffed sofa that looks so inviting and comfy.
  • A cat curled up asleep on the chair.
  • A dog stretched out underneath the table.
  • Positive sayings and quotes in noticeable places around the home.
  • A knitting or crochet basket crammed with wool, needles and patterns. 


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The lovely people at Stockland are giving away one MOR Italian Blood Orange Candle valued at $39.95 to one of my readers. 


Please leave a comment on this post and answer – 

What Do You Think Makes a House a Home? 


I will choose a winner on Sunday 3rd February, 2013 at 10pm. 


Please leave your email so that I can contact you if you are the winner. 


Available to Australia only







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Melanie

62 comments:

  1. I think what makes a house a home is evidence of the people who live in that home. For example, in my home, we have framed art works created by my children, displayed throughout the home.
    A stack of cookbooks on display in the living room as I love to cook.
    And photos!!!! I have photos of my beautiful family on display in almost every room. I even have a photo book of a recent trip to Alice Springs.
    A rug we chose together, and a painting we bought from an Aboriginal artist on our holiday.
    Fresh gardenias cut from a plant that was my husband's grandmothers, who has since sadly passed on.
    Jigsaw puzzles I've begun, inspired by my elderly father who completes 1500+ piece puzzles even though he's colour-blind.
    All of these things make our house a home.

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  2. Crumbs, it seems it doesn't matter how often I vacuum, or sweep or mop, there are always crumbs. I try to think of them as little bits of love that my kids leave lying around. Ha ha, if only I wasn't responsible for cleaning them up.

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  3. FAMILIARITY ~ Home is a place where you are surrounded with familiar faces, photos, pets and cooking! You are familiar with everything and when you see it, hear it or smell it...you feel right at HOME!
    COMFORT ~ Home is a place where you are completely in your comfort zone Your pillows are just how you like them, your bed is comfy and you can fall asleep at the drop of a hat because you know you are in a safe place where you are loved!
    WARMTH ~ Home is a place that exudes 'warmth' from every photo on the mantle, from your family members to your pets. When you walk through the door all the troubles of the outside world disappear and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
    HOME ~ is where the heart is!

    Nicole White
    hi-beautiful1@hotmail.com

    Ps. I follow you on Facebook and subscribe to newsletters. :)

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  4. Familiar smells, family and happy times and memorable moments

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  5. Family for sure, and also familiar smells too, my Nan always made us orange cakes, I love that smell, I bet this candle would smell a bit like her cakes...

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  6. It's all about the senses; the sights, smells and sounds. The sounds of laughter, the everpresent TV, cat meowing for dinner, dog barking at lizards. The smell of pasta cooking, coffee on the stove. The sight of loved ones at Christmas.

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  7. ...and my email is bentravia@hotmail.com

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  8. The Love and comfort of family.
    Snuggled together on the couch.
    Eatting meals at the kitchen table.
    Board game nights on the floor...
    And don't forget the pet =)

    sqiggles83@hotmail.com

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  9. Rachael Rowberry27 January 2013 at 14:40

    My family make my house a home without them no matter what I put in it, I would feel empty and homeless.

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  10. Rachael Rowberry27 January 2013 at 14:42

    Just subscribed. rachyoville@yahoo.com.au

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  11. the sounds of kids laughing and playing,
    family pictures up on the walls,
    toys on the floor goes without saying,
    little feet running up and down the halls!

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  12. Photos of family and passed down heirlooms displayed on walls make a house a home.
    The pitter patter of children's feet down the hall and not a completely neat house makes a house looked lived in and loved.
    rebecca@theplumbette.com.au

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  13. My little family make my house a home :-) without them it would just be a house

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  14. We've just purchased an unit, and will soon be living in our own house for the first time ever :) It's very exciting and scary all at once! (the morgage is the scary part!). I've lived in many different places over the last 10 years (including France, Morocco, UK and Japan - often flatsharing) and settling down was something very new to me when I first arrived in Sydney. mslimalicious@hotmail.com

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  15. A warm envionment where visitors are welcome, where the meal will always stretch to feed extras, where laughter is heard often, where even the grandkids call it 'home' and everyone can relax and just be themselves

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  16. a cuddly blanket, the smell of baking, a fresh cup of tea, and the sound of laughter and play.

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  17. What makes a house a home to me is that it's a welcoming place of peace and solitude. A place filled with memories, and hallways of good intentions. The structure doesn't matter as it is held up by love and contentment!

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  18. What makes a house a home to me is that it's a welcoming place of peace and solitude. A place filled with memories, and hallways of good intentions. The structure doesn't matter as it is held up by love and contentment!

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  19. What makes a house a home to me is that it is a place of peace and solitude. It's rooms are filled with memories, and hallways full of good intentions. The structure doesn't matter as it would be held up by love and contentment!

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  20. It has a tv, internet and your loved ones!

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  21. A house is a home when you want to cry so much or spread some happy news, home is where you run to first.
    suzieelo@hotmail.com

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  22. I think its the people that make the house a home!

    Annaleis - teapotsandtractors@gmail.com

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  23. Dishes left in the sink or the wonderful aroma of what ever was cooking in the oven lol :-)
    I am a candle hoarder and i need to add to my collection of (so far) 30 candles of all sorts! (wink) xx

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  24. Dishes left in the sink or the wonderful aroma of what ever was cooking in the oven lol :-)
    I am a candle hoarder and i need to add to my collection of (so far) 30 candles of all sorts! (wink) xx

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  25. A relaxed atmosphere, so people feel they can come and go as they are pleased and are always welcome. Familiar food and smells, family around and a space each family member can call there own.

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  26. The family in it!
    Home is where family are gathered
    No matter what the decor is like!

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  28. Family photos, warm inviting decor, lovely smells (candles/cooking)

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  29. A bit of clutter (but not too much). I can't stand homes that are so perfect you feel like you are messing up the aesthetics just by being it in. I don’t understand minimalistic homes – where’s all their stuff? A home should have a balance. Enough clutter that it feels lived in, but not too much that you feel overwhelmed by your own stuff.

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  30. Johanna,

    Love makes our house a home.

    annahoj56@gmail.com

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  31. A house is a home where their is LOVE in it.
    fehmel@alphalink.com.au

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  32. What makes a house a home, is the love, happiness, warmth and welcoming that you can feel within an instant on stepping in the door.
    A home has just the right balance of minimalist and hoarder features - and things identifying the family of people living in the home.
    A home is relaxed and comfortable, a place where everyone feels 'at home'.
    hot_fudge_smiles@hotmail.com

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  33. Whether you have a super tidy minimalistic home or a cluttered, messy home it doesn't matter. What makes a house a home is a sense of welcome. An inviting fragrance, a friendly yapping dog at the door, or the offer of a cushion. People have their own tastes, it is how they make their home a welcome place that makes the difference.

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  34. I think paintings done by the people living there and lots of family photos hanging on the walls makes a house a home. Colour & Love!

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  35. I am a frequent visitor in your blogs, this post is very interesting and easy to read .... I hope to visit again

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  36. Family for me makes my house a home.

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  37. Family, for me, makes my house a home.

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  38. I believe it's the people themselves that live within the home and their happiness that makes a house become a home :)

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  39. For me it's the people inside of it, whether that be the family that lives there or the people visiting.

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  40. For me it's the people in it, whether it be the family residing there or the visitors visiting.

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  41. frangipanni23@hotmail.com

    the love that surrounds you when you enter a house makes it a home.

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  42. Love and nuturing, good home cooking doesn't go astray either

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  43. Oh man, definitely the people - but that looks like the popular answer. Reality is though, I've been in many places that don't look too homey travelling around the developing world and its amazing what those mamas do to make it still feel like a HOME.

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  44. oooooh that is easy, home is where the heart is so i think a loving environment makes a house a home. arballantyne@dodo.com.au

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  45. What makes a house a home is little personal touches; a favourite cushion here, a sentimental photo there. Trinkets from holidays, the magnet collection on the fridge, my son's paintings displayed in his room!
    djchilds@hotmail.com

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  46. For me it's having my two gorgeous dogs Ziggy & Bella to welcome me home when I get back! Walking in the door to pooches flying at you, tails wagging full force and big smiles on their face, is a wonderful feeling and makes me feel completely at home!

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  47. Its the small touches in a home that make your home feel warm and lived in and happy. Candles, flowers, picture frames and decor add that feeling of love and belonging that nothing else can replicate. Without the small things the big things are insignificant. Smell is also important and offers a home a lived in, cozy aroma. This Mor Blood Orange candle will have any home smelling like a european perfumery - abolutely divine!!!

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  48. A house is made a home when it is filled with the people you love and all your special possessions and mementos.

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  49. A house is made a home when it is filled with the people you love, and all your special and treasured mementoes and possessions. Photos from travels afar, children's sketches and stories and family heirlooms and treasures.

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  50. A house is a home when you know you are welcome to relax, eat, stay overnight and feel welcome. Even the pets regard you as a friend.
    chrissy.roberts@bigpond.com

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  51. Home is where the 'Hearth' is!

    Roberto Colombi

    (bertc@selc.com.au)

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  52. Love, anybody can create a house but love is needed to create a home :)

    mogy1808@gmail.com

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  53. Childrens laughter and a barking dog!

    dtaxi@bigpond.com

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  54. The smudge of a cocker spaniel's wet nose on your glass windows

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  55. The place I feel the safest,
    the place I laugh the most,
    containing all my fave things,
    our homes make our hearts sing.

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  56. It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home

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  57. The people in the house make a home, the memories, good times and bad, its always a good place to be.

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  58. What an informative post..please do keep posting..

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