Tuesday, January 26, 2010
There’s a big difference between having a house and a home. A house is a dwelling place that provides shelter. It might be an apartment, a condo, a standard house, or even a tent! But a home is something different altogether. As author Shannon Honeybloom says, turning a house into a home “is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort.” In her new book, Making a Family Home, she tells us how we can make each room of our home a place filled with “harmony, rhythm, and beauty” for our loved ones.
I love Honeybloom’s simple ideas for fostering family togetherness. For example, she writes, “Our home does not have a front porch, but we have created a front-porch area out front by placing a bench in our yard and hanging a swing bench from a tree. Both swing and bench are wonderful places from which to watch the children play and catch up with the neighbors. We also nailed slats to our big front yard oak tree—the children love to climb on it, and survey the neighborhood from the arms of the tree. These two things—the swing bench and making the tree more accessible—have greatly increased our use of the front yard.”
For the living room, Honeybloom notes, “The arrangement of the living room and the use of the room can encourage empathy, interest, love. Comfortable seating can be arranged in the living room so as to encourage conversation and contact among family members and guests. Chairs and sofas arranged in a kind of circle encourage more interaction than lining up all the furniture against the wall.”
Honeybloom covers just about every room in the house, including the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, attic, basement, backyard, entryway, playroom, and more. Throughout the book, she shares her wisdom on parenting and creating meaningful childhoods for our kids. Beautiful photographs by Skip Hunt adorn almost every page of Making a Family Home, effectively capturing a feeling of simplicity and joy in the home.
Making a Family Home is a beautifully written, creative and practical book for anyone who dreams of creating a home where their heart will reside. Please visit www.shannonhoneybloom.com to learn more about Shannon Honeybloom, find more parenting and homemaking advice, and order Making a Family Home! It’s also available through Amazon and other booksellers.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.