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I have soft warm throws in pleasing colors over every chair and sofa. These have been recently laundered using a good smelling fabric softener. Also a good book or two sitting around...these things invite me to snuggle in and relax, forget about the world outside my door!

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These are lovely photos! Not a single space is un inviting. yes, of course, add pets if you are a pet person, who can be happy without one once you've had the experience of unconditional love and trust and feeling priviledged to care for them!

AS for making your home a happy need to be happy in yourself first, so as the old prophetic poem Desiderata goes...."begin with yourslf, brother". A happy person is reflected in a happy home...and its not necessarily about having a spotlessly clean and showroom tidy environment all the time...signs that a house is lived in are comforting and you should not feel obliged to make excuses for a bit of domestic dissarray...although some of the super tidy and clean advocates on Houzz would veehemently disagree. Clean enough to be healthy, tidy enough to be happy seems to be the norm around my place. My siamese cat likes unwrapping barley sugars from my large stopperless studio jar...they help me concentrate. He makes piles of the lolly papers here and there to which he returns periodically to re-arrange and scuttle. I pick up the lollies so not to encourage ants but would not deprive the eccentric puss of his little mounds of fun for the sake of my 'tidy'. Happy is not letting the day's worries past the front door. Happy is doing what you like..or not doing, blow what you are supposed to do or not. Happy is surrounding yourself with memories...unless you are a happy minimalist. A happy home is defined by you and nobody else.

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Love the baskets

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