It is one of my goals to have one of these "special" homes that makes my husband and I as well as any visitors feel especially at peace, so I've attempted to take what makes me feel happy and comfortable in a home and make sure to provide those little extra touches.
Some of these for me are:
Nothing evokes a sense of home like being surrounded by those you love, even if it's just in pictures.
Candles, or rather, smells.
The scent of something good or familiar is such a calming force.
Want to make someone feel right at home? Offer them something homemade.
Pillows and blankets
A huge part of a home is comfort.
This is my favorite kind of lighting--warm and dim. How soothing!
Of course, the love shared by the people actually living in the house is the ultimate source of "homey-ness," but I feel that such can be expressed tangibly by elements in the home that we can touch and feel.
I suppose I just love little "reminders."
What do you feel makes your house a home?