We asked a million people what they love most about their homes, here’s what they said.
If you haven't noticed, it's Valentine's week! Love is in the air; Hallmark sales are in full force, and the Trader Joes flower section is getting emptier by the minute. Whether you've already made dinner reservations, or you're rolling your eyes at the thought of celebrating at all, this post is for you.
This year, instead of talking about gift guides, night-in recipes, and date ideas, we wanted to take the spirit of love in a different direction and focus on something we don't talk about here often enough: loving your home.
It may sound funny, but sometimes a relationship with a home can be like a relationship with a partner or friend. It takes time to build, grow, and create, it's everchanging, ebbing, and flowing, and most importantly, it's not perfect!
Nope, not even the homes you see on our Instagram are "perfect." Over the years, we've found that nearly everyone wishes their home is something it isn't. We tell ourselves that we'll love our home when we get out of a rental and build, we tell ourselves we'll love our home when we finally hang that last picture, but how often do we tell ourselves that our home is great just the way it is?
In efforts to spark some positivity, we asked our team and Instagram followers what they love most about their homes. We didn't know what to expect, but we'd be lying if we said the answers didn't melt our hearts a little. Here are some of our favorites:
Design by Heidi Caillier Design.
"My house was built in 1936, and while the lath and plaster have their downsides, I love how quiet it makes the house and how much character old houses have." - Josh, Studio McGee Workspace Admin
“I love that my husband built it with his own two hands, and that the piano my dad refinished sits in the foyer.” - kin_and_comfort
I love that because I put my heart & soul into making it a comfortable & welcoming home, we have made so many memories in our home with family & friends!"- deb4teague
From our Modern Lake House.
"My favorite part of my home is that it's full of art created by my family members, especially drawings, photos, and paintings by my dad and my Grandma." - Laura, Studio McGee videographer
"It's my first time living with my boyfriend after six years of long-distance. And it's home is where my family is."- hkcung
"Our piano! We bought it a couple years ago, and I can totally see it becoming a family heirloom. It’s nothing fancy but it brings our family so much happiness and looks great in our living room." -shegulls
Design by Colombe Studio
”My kids framed art-work and pottery they’ve made throughout the years.” - npelonzi
“My favorite thing in my house are my books. I strive to always own more books than I'll ever be able to read.” - Nathan, Studio McGee FP&A Analysis
“Our Meyer lemon tree in the backyard that’s almost as old as our house!” - lessylebarbe
“I love our deck where you can lay in the sun, looking up at the pine trees and hear the water lapping and birds chirping during the summer.” - leahbee___
From our Orange County Ranch Remodel.
"Not having to share a laundry room or pay for laundry for the first time in my 13 year marriage." -melonaid
Honestly, I can’t pick one thing. I love that it’s a labor of love and we have completely updated it after buying it nearly 7 years ago. We moved so many times when my kids were little and they often tell me how much they love our home and “we’re never moving, right?” - e.lynndesign
“I love having a guest room to host our favorite people.” - percivalinbloom
Design by Jill Egan Interiors.
"I love antique furniture pieces that came from my grandparents. They may not be quite my style but having something they loved means so much." -riveroakhome
“I love our living room with new Shiplap walls and a Roman clay fireplace that we installed by ourselves!” -kpsykjames
My dining room table that my husband custom built for me. It’s one of a kind & fits our space just right, a great blend of our different styles, and perfect for hosting family game night!” -theresa_lyon82
From our Cabin On The Lake Project
Today someone said, “You’ve got the “it” house” because we are having the senior class over twice this week for Senior Seminars. I guess I kinda love that my home is the house of 1,000 youth group parties... even if it shows in the scuffed walls, carpet stains, and nicked furniture.” - sisu_powered
“My dad designed the current home I live in for my sister. Shortly after she moved in, she had to put it up for sale, so I bought it. I love my home, and it has a special meaning to me since both my dad and my sister have since passed away. Renovating helped me create my own space but keeping the general layout and design is a constant reminder of the love I have for my dad and sister.” - candicereynolds_
Design by Julia Miller Interiors.
Even amidst our huge renovation and dust, I love that there's no other place I'd rather be.” -chrislovesjulia
“I love the nicks on the baseboard that remind me of the fun the kids had on the hover board. I love the paint chips off on the corners of the wall that remind me of chases around the house. I love the scratches in the wood flooring that remind me of the years with the most beloved pets. I love everything that is wrong, or actually right, with our house. It reminds me of the lines, marks and wrinkles on our body- it all tells a beautiful story of memories.” -dusti.powell
From our Red Ledges Project.
“As small as my home is (1300 sq feet) I love that everything I need is on one level of my home and I couldn’t be happier.” -lilollp
“I love that it has a specific scent that makes me want to take a big, relaxing breath the minute I walk through the doors.“ - oho_house
“We just moved in to our “dream home” and still I have a long list of things I want to do or get done. But most of all I love appreciating what we have and feel so thankful for our home.” - chez_kapare
We'll be the first to admit that we're believers in making your home a beautiful place, but the truth is, loving your home is about so much more than perfectly styled built-ins or that perfect paint color.
So here's to half-done rooms, unframed prints, and old, creaky floors, at the end of the day, no matter how cheesy it sounds, home really is where the heart is.
What’s your favorite thing about your home?
Love this post!
Thank you so much, Teri!
I love how welcoming and comfortable my home is. My husband and I downsized since the kids have moved out to a home on the river . The home is spacious enough to have family stay a while (with grandkids someday!!) and do things together, but not too big for just us. We love it.
Darlwne, that sounds absolutely perfect! Welcoming and comforting are two of the best things a home can be. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
My husband was a builder but we never got to build a house for ourselves. When we retired we did a total remodel in Florida and I have to admit Studio McGee played a big role in the final product. Copied the bookcase and dining area from what you did in sc-modern coastal. Couldn’t be happier with our finished product. Lots of white paint, shiplap, subway tile black hardware. It is a bright, warm, welcoming home and I thank you for all you have shared with your followers!!
Anne, that makes us so happy to hear that we could help inspire your project! Isn’t it so rewarding to be able to hone your craft in your own home? Congratulations, it sounds beautiful!
The views I get as I stand at my kitchen window.. I see the neighbours comings and goings, folks stopping for mail, dog walkers, friendly interactions with neighbours removing snow for each other. Our home overlooks the community we both grew up in. The inside of my home lacks a bit decoration but I’d rather it stay like that until I find the right thing. ♥️ I’m so comfortable here.
That’s beautiful Kandace, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
My family moved into a very big house in a busy part of a new city. I love the way the city comes alive in the morning and keeps me in high spirit. I love the quietness at night. But what I love the most is the way my house sits in the middle of all this beauty and soaks it in…then shuts the city out with all its noise once the door slams.
My home is the one where my husband and his six siblings grew up in. It was the place where 40+ years of Christmas and thanksgiving were spent. My in laws built a smaller house close by, but have both since passed away but now my children are sleeping in the same room their father and aunts and uncles slept in. We’ve made some changes to make it our own but in its heart it is and always will be the McCarthy house .
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