Okay…am I alone here? Does anyone else get serious “house vibes” when they walk in a house…either looking at real estate or visiting someone? It’s a thing…dead serious. My family and I have been this way for as long as we can remember. House vibes, it’s a real thing!
Ever since riding around with my “house loving” father who spun us through property after property, I have felt this way. He taught us how the house could appear taller, more welcoming, lighting techniques to highlight areas, or when the house had reached its full potential. I would get a feeling…just walking in the front door. Sometimes excited, sometimes depressing, sometimes an ambivalence that lingered room to room. I still feel that way today.
I have made it my passion to feel the sadness in a house and try to cheer it up! Hmmmmm…what does this depressed house need? Maybe color, maybe lighting…maybe to weed out a forgotten garden, but always something. As we roamed through, my sister and I would be spitballing ideas around how to “open up” a room or create a peaceful sanctuary.
As we got older, we thought about basements and hang outs complete with ping pong or pool tables. Even older, we thought about families and community. House vibes…its a thing and your house should have a personality that reflects the pride you feel in ownership of something amazing.
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be a fancy, sprawling, expensive house. It can be a tiny house with a rockin’ personality…I prefer that actually. Most important is that you help your house reach its potential and that the feeling evoked when you walk in is happiness. This starts when you pull into the driveway and the first impression lingers. Once that is accomplished, it sets the tone for loving the inside. So during April, Home Decorating Month, brick&batten would love to help!
I think Renee Carman said it best, “All objects have a beat, a rhythm, a soul. The desire is to blend them together and compose a beautiful body of design.” House vibes…it’s a real thing!
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