Amy Butler Contest Winners

June 22, 2007

Last minute change of plans! I have to run out for the afternoon on a project, so I won’t be near a computer at 4pm to post the results – so here are the winners of the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board Contest for all the early birds tuning in. Drum roll please…

1st place: Studio Space by Starlee Matz (47.8% response)

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2nd place: Tea at Tiffany’s by Katherine Black (31.1% response)

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3rd place: Grey + Brown Living Room by Paula Gibbs (28.2% response)

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4th place: Ladies Only Tea Room by Jeska Pettitt (22% response)

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If you’re one of the winners, your 5 Amy Butler patterns will ship on Monday, June 25th. Please email me with your complete name and address so I can get them out to you promptly.

I’d like to thank Amy Butler for sponsoring this contest, and for all of the wonderful entries, it was inspiring for me to see all the designs of so many talented readers of this blog. :)

And since we all love surprises… I have a few extra patterns that I’d like to give away. I’ll randomly select a few winners based on your replies to this post. Here’s the topic: “What makes a house a home”. You can go as deep as you’d like on this one. I really want to hear some unique perspectives on this, so if you’d like to take part, please comment below. This contest will only run for today ONLY. Since I’ll be away from my desk until tonight, none of the responses will be shown below until after 6pm EST. I think this keeps it fair, as no one can peek at the comments of others for “help” on this. :) Your comment below will be approved and posted on the blog after 6pm. I’ll reveal the winners in the comments section tomorrow, Saturday, June 23rd. Have fun.

What makes a house a home to you?


  • Reply Brianne June 22, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    The scent. There’s something about the air in a home that mixes meals made, the people (and pets) you love and the flowers on the table that makes a woman want to take a deep breath of comfort.


  • Reply Annie June 22, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    beyond my obvious love for design, i truly believe that the only thing that makes a house a home is anyplace where my boyfriend and two dogs reside- be it a fabulously designed dwelling or not!

  • Reply OpaqueSkies June 22, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    What makes my house my home is my fam?my hub and my doggie. In addition, our home is an accurate portrait of what’s in our hearts and it reflects the journey we’ve traveled. Homemade PB-looking shelves my husband made, cute off-white mod couches we picked out at a time when that was all we had in the living room, slowly replacing the trio of ‘harvest brown’ appliances in our slowly remodeled kitchen, and the dark dark gray office paint that offers a peaceful reprieve when reading or scrapbooking. So truly, our home is where our heart is.

  • Reply mcaplan June 22, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    What makes a house a home? Simple.
    Family, love, safety and comfort.
    What more does one really need?

  • Reply lsaspacey June 22, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    A house is a home when it relaxes you to walk in the door at the end of the day. It’s a home when many places inside it can comfort you when you are sick and what to hide from the world. Once it moves from house to home, it starts to resemble parts of your personality enough so that people could figure out your state of mind by viewing it, for good or bad. My home shelters me from the dangers outside.

  • Reply Anonymous June 22, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    To me, it has to be a place filled with your favorite things–and also a place that welcomes other people. and makes them feel “at home”, comfortable. Growing up, I didn’t have the kind of home that you wanted to invite people to so I”m always striving to create that space for myself and my family. For me, home is a place with…
    * many comfy places to sit. For all people of all ages. Everyone had at least one friend growing up where you had to sit on the couch that was wrapped in plastic.
    * a table for shared meals, a cup of coffee with friends, a place to paint and craft. A big communal space.
    * a place to make a mess. You can’t get comfortable unwhere unless you have a good place to get messy. As my friend says, “a messy house is a sign that a creative life is being lead.” (Um,ok but maybe not too messy.)
    * good smells. There was one house on our block that smelled like a combination of garlic, cat food and possibly sweat socks. Whatever it was, you didn’t want to go in there.
    * Soft blankets and sheets for guests to sleep with (and the same for you too).
    * a place for every thing. Hopefully (at least what I aspire to) is for every thing that I bring in to have its place: my purse on the hook by the door, the mail in the basket, the toys in their bins, the pans hanging on the pot rack, the yarn it its basket, etc.
    * a place for everyone. Everyone needs their corner of the house that they can decorate and call their own. I have a corner where I have my desk and a board with notes and postcard and things that appeal to me.
    * Lastly, of course, a fun place where people love each other and want to be together.
    thanks for the great question. Can’t wait to read others’ responses.

  • Reply yes June 22, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    cute, just like ‘hostess with the mostess’, really original.

  • Reply Jessica June 22, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    What makes a house a home? My husband, a space to cook and bake, and something growing in the dirt- a physical representation of the roots you want to put down.

  • Reply TinkerBlue June 22, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    What makes my house, my home? Simple..the people who live in it and the memories we have in it. Some are tangible – artwork on walls, colours we spent hours choosing and arguing over, furniture we injured ourselves making. Some are intangible – Remember when FriendA spilt red wine there, and we never thought we’d get the stain out, and we tried all the wives tales and killed ourselves laughing.

  • Reply Marie June 22, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    According to me, two things make a house a home:
    First, details. My furniture is entirely Ikea and likes, but I think it doesn’t show, since I’ve put a lot of personal details (souvenirs from my grandmother, from my childhood, my china collection…).
    And second, souvenirs. I feel at home in a place when I have nice things to remember that have happened in this particular place.

  • Reply stacy June 22, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Having just moved recently, I can honestly say – my entire house can be disorganized, but if my sewing and craft area is put together, I’m home!

  • Reply dai June 22, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    What a great question! :)

    A house makes a home to me when it says “welcome”, and allows my creativity flows smoothly when I’m living in it.

    If to be said specifically, I’d like the light in my home tender and changes with time, and the colors and images say something personal to me and my family. In such way, my house reminds me of the joy of pure living and doing what I’m capable to do, and just enjoy it!

    The easy-ness of the decor setting would make me always know that I am accepted by my home in any way, and I can free myself from any kind of social restriction when I am at home.

    I think the atmosphere of acceptance and tenderness of a house makes it home. That’s my view.:)

  • Reply Vintage Wine June 22, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    What makes a house a home?
    A house is a home when it’s lived in. Not just by me but by my family & friends. A home is simply a place where you feel welcomed, even though you might not even live there… You can feel it as soon as you walk inside the door. A home is a house where people laugh, cry, have parties and simply live in.

    There are so many different things that creates a home. But even though colors, design & interior decoration are important, I think it’s those little things that makes the difference. Shoes in the hallway, a jacket thrown over a chair, the smell of food cooking in the kitchen.

    I have my own romantic idea of what a home should look like, based on my own taste in interior design. But it doesn’t matter because a house can be decorated but without that specific feeling, it never really feels like a home.

  • Reply Dawn June 22, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    What makes a house a home?

    I think what makes a house a home is very simple.

    It’s the familiar sounds and smells when you first walk in the door after a long day.

    It’s the smell of fresh herbs growing in the window box outside the kitchen. It’s the sound of the garden sprinkler as it starts up its evening routine. It’s the lingering smell of a wonderful dinner cooked the night before. It’s the sound of the fan that cools the wine fridge that’s storing our treasures found in Napa and it’s the smell of freshly cleaned clothes hanging to dry in the laundry room.

    Those are just a few of the things that make our house feel like home.


  • Reply Jocelyn Durston June 22, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    “What makes a house a home?”

    LOVE, along with community, a welcoming spirit, peacefulness, joy, a sense of creativity and fun, as well as a sense of comfort. Home is where you should feel most like yourself. It should be both a haven and retreat when you want to be alone as well as an embracing environment that you can share with your friends and family.

    A good friend of mine works closely with those who live on the streets, without a home. A line I often hear her say is that “many of the people on the street were ‘homeless’ before they were without a home” – meaning that the homes they came from were not filled with love and support. They did not represent the kind of safety and comfort that so many of us correspond with the idea of ‘home’. That is why, before anything else, I listed LOVE.

    LOVE makes a house a home. Without it, a house is only a house.

  • Reply Megan June 22, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    It’s so exciting to see the winners of this contest. I’m happy that a few of my choices made it to the top.

    With that said, I think that comfort is what makes a house a home. I want to be comofortable in my own home and I want the people who visit to feel comfortable as well. To me, that means that I want my house to be decorated and clean enough that others feel welcomed, but I don’t want it to feel sterile or institutional. I love that my friends have a favorite pillow on my couch and I don’t mind if they scrunch it up a bit.

  • Reply Seda June 22, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    This is what makes a house home to me:
    – the unique smell I notice when I enter at the front door.
    – the vibe, electric of my house: I feel like I’m at the center of the universe when I’m home.
    – the relaxation I get when I see my furniture and everything in the order, style I like.

  • Reply Krysta June 22, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    As much as I love rifiling through the latest edition of inspiring home magazines, and fatasizing about all the pieces I would love to put together the “perfect” room, and as an extension the perfect home, I would give all of my favorite pieces up if I couldn’t share it with my boyfriend and my pup.

    A house is truly a home when filled with personality, with people (or a person,) and with love. You can tell when a home is lived in, and cherished- a warmth and personality shine through in the details.

  • Reply Angelia June 22, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    This is so interesting because this idea of a house and home has been in my thoughts lately. We have had to move several times and are in the process of moving right now. My boys are older now and I always wondered what it has been like for them. The thing we seem to talk about the most of past homes its always the odd ways in which we made the place work for our lifestyle. My husband and I are very creative in design and do it yourself. So, that means the boys have always been around/involved in our quirky make it work projects. -The funny metal poles with fabric to create a work studio space inside a small living room. _Rubbing plastic bags all over the walls for the special paint job. _The way our furniture fits in differently for each location. So I guess for us what makes a house is what our family brings to a space and the “doing” of things together to make any place our home.

  • Reply Rachel June 22, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    A house has a door.
    A home has friends knocking.

    A house has roof.
    A home has smoke from the cozy fire.

    A house has a chair.
    A home has a place to curl up with the Sunday paper.

    A house has a table.
    A home has game night.

    A house has a kitchen.
    A home has the smell of cookies baking.

    A house has a hallway.
    A home has a collection of family photos.

    A house has a window.
    A home has a cat sunning itself.

    A house has a floor.
    A home has a curious baby.

    A house has a deck.
    A home has summer barbeques.

    A house has a yard.
    A home has cut-throat croquet.

    A house has a garden.
    A home has transplants from Grandma?s roses.

    A house could belong to anyone.
    A home is yours.

  • Reply Anonymous June 22, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I live in Hawaii, and believe what makes a house a home is the aloha (love and affection) you feel when step through the threshold. Also important are the sights, sounds and feelings that remind you how blessed you are to live in paradise and the desire to welcome your guests with ho`okipa or hospitality; the subtleness of the tradewind breeze, the spicy scent of mango (from our fruit-bearing trees) and fragrant sweet plumeria, the cool touch of mid-century walnut wood floors on your feet, the friendly ?yoo-hoo? whistle of our cockatiels, the knowledge that you are among ohana or family – these elements serve to enhance good design, and help to make a house here a real Hawaiian home.

  • Reply Lori from Honolulu June 22, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Oops, I forgot to leave my name with the “house a home” contest entry I just submitted!

  • Reply katiedid June 22, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Here is what makes my house a home: the basket of shoes by the front door; the tail-less Aussie wagging his little behind off cuz he is so glad to have us home; the crazy, colorful art and magnets collection on the frig;the sound of my daughter’s practicing thier piano and violin until I call Dinner’s ready!;the smell of laundry being done and fresh sheets on the bed; the sound of my husband’s guitar as I drift off to sleep.

  • Reply Melanie June 22, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Personal touches make a house a home. Personal touches like using your favorite colors, using family photos, displaying things that mean something to you. Thanks for asking! I can’t wait to read other’s ideas! Loved the contest…thanks for including the rest of us!

  • Reply The Crafty Weasel June 22, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    What makes a house a home is a cosy corner by a window, with my favourite armchair and cushions and favourite knee blanket. It’s a cup of tea, a good book, my knitting, and our doggy Bayou at my feet.

  • Reply alyson. June 22, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    personal touches. art you’ve created. photographs you’ve taken. antiques that have been in your family for years. quirky things your mother gave you for housewarming gifts. the smell of fresh baked brownies. the sound of laughter. things that remind you of your childhood. warm blankets. big open windows, letting lots of sunlight in.

  • Reply Caroline Armijo June 22, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    I missed the vote, but I am so happy that my favorite one. Congrats!

  • Reply Victoria June 22, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Soothing colors. Comfortable places to lounge. Private places to slouch. Sunny places to watch the kids in the sprinkler. A kitchen with room for company to eat and drink with me while I cook. A bottle of wine or a bottle of gin. Both! Cool, elegant art to inspire me; enough of my own up to look at and learn what’s wrong; and fun, worn stuff that I love that is like wearing a warm, old sweater. Photos of places I’ve been to remind me to be happy. And my kids’ rooms! Full of happy elephants, firetrucks, cowboys hats, quilts, baby blankets, choo-choo trains, ribbons, balls, pyjamas, and puzzles. Digging my feet in the carpet with two toddlers crawling all over me, glass of wine in my hand, sun in my back, and a good book to read on the porch. That’s my home. Something to catch my eye and catch me when I need to fall!

  • Reply katiedid June 22, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    P.S. LOVE the winning board!

  • Reply erica June 22, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Recently, I went back to RI where I grew up for a cousins going away party. I kept referring to home interchangeably when I was referring to “home”, meaning where I grew up, and “home”, meaning my apartment in NJ. My aunt who has never left our state, laughed at me and asked me which one I really consider to be MY home.
    And truthfully, it’s neither. I’ve been very homesick lately for something that doesn’t exist anymore.
    My new apartment for which I’ve been obsessively reading decor 8 isn’t home for me.
    My mother passed away a year ago this past May and for me she was home. Home was coming off a late night long train ride to my favorite food waiting for me for dinner. Home was my room with the covers turned down and one lamp on because she thought it would make the room warmer. Home was being on the couch watching tv w/ her while she shoved her cold feet underneath my legs because they were always cold just like mine. Home is coming out w/ a new outfit on to show her and her exclaiming ” look how fashionable my girl is! You have to take me shopping!”.
    I’m 28 and I’m homesick every day. For me home will be when I’m a mother, when I can do everything for someone else that she did for me.

  • Reply Rachelle June 22, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    All any space needs to become a home is friends. Be it a cardboard box, an old RV, a one-room apartment or your dream house, just add friends and it instantly becomes home. With the addition of one friend a conversation is born, laughter arrives, good times are had. Add another friend and food is thought of, a bottle of wine, the laughter becomes contagious. Add another and they bring their dog and a silly story that has our sides splitting. We outgrow a table or an overturned box and move to a rug, a bed, or a patch of lawn outside. Things get silly, someone creates a cool piece of art out of the labels on our empty bottles, we hang it on the wall and admire it. Secrets are told, past fun is remembered and we look around, no matter where we are and think, “I am so damn lucky.”

  • Reply erika_ees June 22, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    First, congratulations to all winners :) I didn?t apply for a board contest, but coincidently or not, the four winners are exactly the four boards I choose to give my vote.
    For me, what makes a house a home is the harmony you have inside of your home… I love places where you feel there?s so much personality of the person who lives there, that places that don?t seem it?s a copy from a store or showroom…Every little detail, a picture hanging on the wall or the colors you choose to surround you, the way you storage your books or your recollections, creates that cozy feeling that no other catalogue or magazine or showroom can give it to your home besides yourself and your personality.

  • Reply erika_ees June 22, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    First, congratulations to all winners :) I didn?t apply for a board contest, but coincidently or not, the four winners are exactly the four boards I choose to give my vote.
    For me, what makes a house a home is the harmony you have inside of your home… I love places where you feel there?s so much personality of the person who lives there, that places that don?t seem it?s a copy from a store or showroom…Every little detail, a picture hanging on the wall or the colors you choose to surround you, the way you storage your books or your recollections, creates that cozy feeling that no other catalogue or magazine or showroom can give it to your home besides yourself and your personality.

  • Reply sonal June 22, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    My first response to this question was “it’s the memories reflected in the items displayed that make a house a home”. This could be a photograph, a cherished bringback from that special holiday, an old pillow from your childhood, a drawing by your 5 year old, an inherited cookery book….but as I think about it more, I’d say it’s the people who live in that house with you…the ones who you say good morning and good night to.

  • Reply act22 June 22, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    I believe what makes a house a home are family photographs and personal touches. I grew up in the same house for 12 years, but then my family moved to a new place. It wasn’t until we had re-arranged the photos on the mantel a few times, hung artwork and painted a few rooms that it felt like our home.

    Now that I live 2000 miles away from that home, my apartment didn’t feel like mine until I unpacked my photos and mementos of time with friends.

  • Reply Pudgy Girl June 22, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    A house is a home when it reflects the people who inhabit it. Every peice should be thoughtfully arranged and express each member of the home’s personality. I always discover form & function meet when you focus on your favorite things – Activities, hobbies, life’s neccesseties, and life’s little passions.

  • Reply Dina June 22, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    A house should tell a story about its owners and the kind of life they live within its walls. Where have they been and what are their influences? What rooms do they spend the most time in? What is important to them? For example, if someone has a well-designed kitchen that encourages guests to chat with the cook, I know I will like them, because I firmly believe the kitchen is the heart of any home. I?m a shameless snooper when I?m in other people?s homes?I like to really look at things people have displayed in places of importance, and try to encourage people to tell stories about them. I also think about this in my own home. Every book on my shelf says something essential about who I am?if not, it gets donated to the library. Most of the photos I display are of places I?ve traveled to or lived. I recently purchased a German oil painting featuring a misspelled word in part because I liked it, but also because I liked the story behind it and the idea of owning a commissioned mistake. It?s these quirky pieces that have emotional meaning that make a house a home.

  • Reply Heather June 22, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    The people who live there. You can learn a lot about people from their interiors. In well-decorated homes their personalities shine through – their habits, passions, relationships with each other, quirks. It’s no fun walking into a house that feels like it’s been copied from a design magazine layout, although I suppose that says something about the folks who live there too.

  • Reply Andi June 22, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    What makes a house a home?
    Emotions. People. Memories. Pets. Guests. Parties. Smiles. And Love, lots and lots of Love.

  • Reply Ali June 22, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    For me, it has to be a little bit of history. Knowing that dent in the table came from dropping a paint tin on it, that the shadowy patch on the carpet was from spilled red wine at the first dinner party you threw there, the little pencil marks inside the cupboard marking the kid’s growth. These are why it takes time to make a house a home. It’s about memories and shared history.

  • Reply Ann June 22, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    I think what makes a house a home is pictures of the owners and what’s important to them. You can tell so much by the photos people choose to display – whether they’re landscapes, portraits, serious, candids, etc. It’s what really distinguishes a place, for me, from something in a catalog or a showroom and elevates it to the personal.

  • Reply a. June 22, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    “Home is where the heart is”, as the saying goes; though the saying actually refers to a location. It means that e.g., place of birth is only home when our heart is there.

    I’d like to think that a house becomes a home when we reserve a nook or even just a shelf for our heart in it; and since our heart is touched by all senses and thus makes us feel who we really are, the nook should be filled with things that reflect this, like at least one favourite photo/painting (vision), a box that contains things that smell like our childhood (olfaction), a favourite token (tactition), a nice box or jar with our favourite treat (gustation), and something that makes or represents our favourite sound (audition).

  • Reply Ros June 22, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Oh these are beautiful!

    I like Oprah’s answer to that question: A house becomes a home when it rises up to greet you as you walk in the front door.

    I decorate my home for me, colors, textures and shapes that make me happy. Scents, sights and sounds that evoke a feeling of comfort and peace in me. But above all else, my home needs to reflect who I am and what makes me tick.

  • Reply Jessica June 22, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    What makes a house a home? That’s easy: love : )

  • Reply sarah June 22, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    little treasure that only mean something to the person living there – like a piece of beach glass or a shell from a vacation…

  • Reply emily June 22, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    a house is a home when you you’d rather be there than anywhere else. It’s different for everyone, for some it may mean always having a stash of your favorite hot chocolate, for others investing in a really great reading chair. some people want a killer kitchen others a fantastic sound system. Some people want it constantly filled with other people, other people want peace and solitude. The trick is identifying what you like and love most and making sure that your house is full of that.

  • Reply Leah June 22, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    What makes a house a home?

    For me it?s all about the feeling of my shoulders descending from my ears to their proper place as I walk in the door. Where I live now is the first place since I left my childhood home 13 years ago that has felt like home to me. I wasn?t homeless in those thirteen years in between, no, I had apartments and rooms and places where I kept my stuff. But that?s all it was, a container. It had no soul.

    Home is where you find your socks under the couch after an evening of sock wars with your honey. Home is where you strut in your underwear dancing to Scissor Sister songs without a care in the world. Home is where you curl up to have a good cry. Home is where you line the hallway with photos of your family: a baby picture with your mom, your grandpa mowing the lawn, your cats as kittens.

    In the next year, my fianc? and I will be looking for our first house. The apartment we?ve lived in for the past four years has been home to me though. I think what made it home, even though I don?t own it, is that it?s so full of love. It?s run down, the shower clogs up easily, the dishwasher leaks, and the plaster chips away from the walls, but I can overlook these things as this is where I?ve loved the most deeply and felt the most loved. I think that energy stays in a place, swirling around and giving off a vibe to people who enter. I?m always happy to go home. I miss it when I?m away. It?s where my heart is kept. I guess that?s where that clich? comes from; home is where my heart is.

  • Reply dupco June 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    I think what makes a house a home is filling it with photographs and memories of your family or friends. Coupled with that, the sound of laughter and conversation are a must. Although you can’t go to a store and buy either of these ingredients, they can make a house of any size or style truly a home.

  • Reply amy June 22, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    for me, my home has to reflect who i am at that point in time. i want to walk into my home and feel a sense of belonging. not a sense of who i was 5 years ago. like my own personality that is always evolving so is my design sense. i want to be able to reflect that in my house so it always feels like my home. i would say that style is a big part of that, but even more so is color. to keep things manageable, i have a very neutral base to start with so when the urge hits it doesn’t cost a fortune to re-work my rooms. it may seem too simple, but my favorite colors make my house a home.

  • Reply jamie June 22, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    those are all amazing mood boards!
    everyone did a spectacular job :)

  • Reply Emily June 22, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    It sounds cheesy, but I’d have to say my family. I am in the process of moving and realized that it doesn’t really matter where I live as long as I’m with them–and I can do what I need to do to spruce up the place a little bit, LOL.
    I LOVE this blog by the way. It’s amazing.
    Emily M. (I don’t have a blog by the way–if I win I’ll pass along my e-mail address and other information, because it won’t let me post with my e-mail!)

  • Reply Kis June 23, 2007 at 12:09 am

    As a professional mover, ( 13 residences in 14 years), I’ve realized that a house is made a home by the memories you make and traditions you keep.

    Many material things were lost in each move, but I still feel safe and content because of these things.

  • Reply Lisa June 23, 2007 at 12:28 am

    A house is a home when it soothes your soul. When you can escape there and leave all the worries of the outside world behind. When you look around and you are surrounded by everything that you love, whether that be possessions, people or both. When you close your eyes and know there is no other place you want to be.

  • Reply LIBERTY POST EDITOR June 23, 2007 at 12:54 am

    A house is a home when your imprint is visible. Home is a state of mind. It is not defined by location, size or things. It is defined by the people who live there.

  • Reply LIBERTY POST EDITOR June 23, 2007 at 12:58 am

    A house is a home when your imprint is visible. Home is a state of mind. It is not defined by location, size or things. It is defined by people.

  • Reply ANNA BELLA STATIONERY June 23, 2007 at 1:24 am

    My family moved quite a bit as I was growing up – we never lived anywhere for more than 5 years in a row. The houses we lived in were rarely decorated – not many photos on the walls. Knick-knacks would make an appearance during the holidays, but for the most part we lived out of boxes for the majority of my life.

    I kept a special shoebox that traveled with me always, with my most treasured posessions…a tiny photo of Simon LeBon from Duran Duran (I grew up in the 80’s); A Mickey Mouse key chain from one of our Disney vacations; a white rabbit’s foot, a bottle of my first “grown up” perfume; a letter from my friend Adam whom I kept in touch with until I was in college; an Indian Head penny I found when I was in grammar school; a 2-dollar bill; and a silver dollar.

    No matter where we lived, I would set up my “shoe box” of treasures next to my bed and I would always feel safe and happy, and home.

    I think whatever your treasures are, whether it’s a blanket or art covered walls, a million soft pillows on your couch, or a tiny photo of Simon LeBon, anything that feels special and makes you happy, makes a house a home.

  • Reply Jen June 23, 2007 at 1:44 am

    The sense of love, welcome, comfort and peace make a house a home. This can be conveyed via a warm scent, comfortable and relaxing furniture to rest in, and most of all, the joy with which people are received when they arrive at that home. The joy and love are the most important things of all in making a house a home.

    We’ve been house-hunting and seen a LOT of homes. But there are some we walk into and they feel homey, whereas others just feel like a house (or worse, truly hostile). We’ve seen gorgeously decorated houses and really badly decorated ones (if you can even call it that, lol) – but in each one, I can tell if it’s a home or not. The homes welcome you, almost hug you when you walk in the door, and it’s because of the lives lived inside that home and the love shared with those who enter it. It permeates the building, and houses retain those feelings even after the owners leave.

    I’ve been in the homes of the poor, where the furniture would probably horrify some people because it is old, althoughclean and well-cared for. I’ve been in the homes of the extremely wealthy, too, where everything is beautiful and perfect. But what matters most of all is really the people inside and how they treat one another and their guests. It really is what it all comes down to, and has little to do with the posessions in that house.

    The ‘sense’ of a home and what goes on inside it will quickly make one forget their surroundings, imbuing the most scantly furnished or intimidatingly beautiful homes with warmth and happiness that makes you want to come back, forever tingeing the memories of one’s time there with a golden sheen.

    In the end, it really is all about love, and people can sense it.

    Just my thoughts. I really like beautiful things and exhibiting my personal style, but it is certainly not the most important thing – I’d rather people feel comfortable, relaxed, and welcome in our home than anything else!

  • Reply Brooklit June 23, 2007 at 2:04 am

    To me its having the things you love around you. For people with families, its their kids and spouses and loved ones. For a single girl, like myself, its the objects that bring me happiness; my Roost hourglass, my 7′ tall lucite “ice” tree that was prop in an Escada store, my grandmothers glass desk, and the quilt my friend made for me of fabrics i had collected over the years… these items comfort me and make me feel at home. Whether they are in my parents home or my Manhattan studio, when I’m with the things I love, I’m home.

  • Reply Anonymous June 23, 2007 at 3:01 am

    “Home is a place where we can be silent and still be heard, Where we can ask and find out who we are, Where sorrow is divided and joy multiplied, Where we share and love and grow” – Anon

    And I’d like to add that home can be in a shantytown, farm, nest, tree, hole, ocean, tent, mansion. But it’s not the physical environment that makes a house a home, it’s the emotional security and growth, the love and pain, the peace and tears, it’s where you live your life and dream your dreams. Home is an extension of yourself, and that extension can be in any “type” of environment.

  • Reply Naomi June 23, 2007 at 4:00 am

    The desire to spend most of your time either in it or thinking about being in it makes your house a home.

    Also kitty cats, but that’s a whole other story?

  • Reply vineeta June 23, 2007 at 4:18 am

    i think i missed the 6pm deadline- cause all 59 comments are visible to me. but irrespective of what they said & cause this topic is close to my heart- heres what i feel:
    A house is where you stay but a home is what holds you in its arms – when you are happy, sad, excited,
    A home is like your soulmate & a lot of times i feel it chooses you ( a lot of ppl who’ve bought a house they love or grown to love wil vouch for that)
    A home is what you make, you clean the space it holds, you colour it in your hues, you bring in beauty, plants, you put on its walls symbols of what you are & what you want to be.
    A home grows with you, becomes you & sings your song.

  • Reply vineeta June 23, 2007 at 4:25 am

    congrats to all those who won the contest- i loved all of them :)such sexy work!

  • Reply Angela June 23, 2007 at 5:45 am

    1. Cats. “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau. Hey, I was never a cat calendar type, but I grudgingly admit this.

    2. Museum-ishness. A collection of things you took a chance on over time, picking them up in odd places like thrift stores or out of state junkets.

    3. A bottle opener and a decent wine collection, ideally in a basement.

  • Reply kerryberry June 23, 2007 at 6:30 am

    I make my house a home. It’s a place I look forward to going to. It’s a place of comfort. It’s a place of creativity, love, inspiration and hope. My house is a home because it is filled with everything that is important to me.

  • Reply Anonymous June 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    food food and more food! ! ! !

  • Reply Anonymous June 23, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    you never post my comments :(
    this is why i never bothered entering in the first place :(

  • Reply Wende June 23, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    What makes my house a home—our shoes neatly lined up in the the entryway. Something about seeing a pair for each of the three of us says, “This is where we live.”

  • Reply Ez June 24, 2007 at 12:42 am

    I may be too late for the contest, but I still wanted to answer.

    What makes a house a home?

    My daughter! I have always told her that no matter where life takes us… whether we live in a mansion or a hotel room… as long as we have each other… we will always be home.

    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply decor8 June 24, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Hello Everyone!!!

    I read through all these amazing comments looking for for the quirky, the emotional, that extra little something that made it a bit different from the rest. Not better, just different.

    I found four:

    Anna Bella Stationery – The shoebox story was very touching.

    Erica – The story about losing her mother, I can’t imagine life without my mom so I think Erica could use a little hug from all of us and a pretty little pattern to do something crafty with. Creating things always cheers me up.

    Rachelle – What she had to say about friends was just awesome and SO true.

    Leah – She wrote a poem and that was very unique and I’m sure that it also required time and thought, and I appreciate the details.

    If the above ladies can please email me ASAP at decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com and send me your complete mailing address, I’ll get your pattern out to you on Monday.

    Here are the patterns that I have left, please email me with the one that you want and your second choice in case that one is already taken. First come, first serve:

    Blue Sky Hats (1) (sun hat and skull cap pattern)

    Feather Your Nest (1) (pillow sham, pillow case, quilt pattern)

    Gum Drop Pillows (1) (pillow and ottoman pattern)

    Stash and Dash Bags (1) (toiletry, makeup and coin purse pattern)

    Thank you!


  • Reply Sing Yee June 24, 2007 at 8:44 am

    My mum’s brownies, butter cakes, banana muffins and apple pies. :9

  • Reply Vintage Wine June 24, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Congrats to all the winners! :-)

  • Reply VW Moon June 24, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Anna Bella S., Erica, Rachelle, Leah – congrats on your new fabric – b*e*a*u*tyful. Hope we get to see what you might do w/the fabric. Just yesterday I designed my 1st quilt pattern using Amy Butler Lotus fabrics at Cabbage Rose Design Board. Try here: (,47)

    I’m in the process of packing to move next weekend. I remember how I’ve prayed for a window of opportunity into which will blow even one gust of the kinetic winds of change. What bigger change than a landlord who wants to out full-paying tenants to bring in non-paying tenants, subsidized by his (granted, altruistic?) vision of non-profit (long story short).

    But, as grateful as I am for the stiff breeze and new landlord, I deeply mourn ‘losing’ my am sun, my afternoon sun, daylight in general. I will gain the eyes of three neighbors from upper floor whilst I prep coffee at kitchen window each morning willing the sun to find my wee window (likely, having forgotten to fully clothe myself), the untoward rules of HOA (which prohibit: screen door that would add light and oxygen; plants on 1? wide balcony/porch ledge; wind chimes or any other manner of items I currently equate w/the concept of home..). The cat bros will lose same as well as the 3rd floor luxury of trees and birds just out the windows (cat-people can sympathize) which somehow keep them happily in-tune w/nature. It?s also a smaller space.

    All and Decor8 ? thank you for the reality check. I know I am focusing on the wrong things (good grief, I get: wood floors; a real stove/oven; a bathtub; decent storage; in-unit stack W/D; I get to remain close to the beach..*sheesh*) and most obviously needed to be reminded. Nothing is forever, and Home is Where Your Heart and Love is.

    Erica – warm and loving *hugs*.

  • Reply Zaya June 24, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    For me, it’s all the little things that mean something to me. Not the couches or the tables, but the little things that I’ve picked up around the world throughout my life that make me smile. The pieces that evoke memories of the people or places that I love. The things that 20 years from now will still be around, the pictures, the things that one day my children will still connect to when they visit even if everything else has changed.

    When I went to visit my parents in Florida this February, I made this very comment to my mom. Even though the house was different, and most of the furniture was different, there are all the little things that have special meaning to my parents that make a house that has no meaning to me feel like home.

    Just having my parents there wouldn’t quite be enough, that would feel like a hotel or a rented house or cabin. I think it’s more than the people, but it’s something different for everyone.

  • Reply cazzableu June 24, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    A house is a home when everyone who lives there is reflected in the environment. No one should be forced to relegate his/her keepsakes to unvisited rooms (I let my husband put whatever he wants wherever he ones, even if it makes me cringe – it’s only fair!). It is also only truly a home when the inside is done to please those who live there and no one else. Homes should not be decorated to show others how cool you are – if you want to hang up paintings that people give you simply because they cared enough to give them to you and not because they’re your style, then so be it. I think true homes always look imperfect to visitors – and perfect to those who live in them.

  • Reply Amy June 25, 2007 at 5:56 am

    Congrats to the ideaboard and comment winners!

    All these responses have soothed my soul in many many ways. Thank you for asking this question. It couldn’t have been asked at a better time.

    To me… home will be when I am happy and right in life. I just recently (two weeks ago) relocated to Las Vegas from Savannah, Georgia (though I was born and raised in Puerto Rico). I miss my friends dearly (my Ga and Pr friends).

    Worst of all… I am going through my required quarter-life crisis and I cannot wait till the day when life makes sense.

    In the meantime, I have set up a little sewing corner here in my brother’s house where I am staying while I’m back on my feet again. Every little thread that I sew strings me closer to Home.

  • Reply sandman_gr June 26, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Due to lots of projects keeping me busy and a nasty cold in the middle of a heatwave, I missed the contest but enjoyed the winners’ inspirations. Great work from all participants-my favorite was the 2nd place winner-always an Audrey Hepburn fan myself.

  • Reply Jennifer P June 27, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Junk. Junk that you love and see value in and want around you, that others would throw in the trash.
    …mix in my husband, my dog and my crafts, and that is what makes my house a home.

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