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Home Is Where The Heart Is

by Caitlin Kelch

One of my favorite elements of our home tours is the final slide where people share what they love about their home in their own words — a singular statement that encapsulates what makes their home so special to them. Keep in mind they “built” their home, arranging all the furniture, objects and even colors, to create a series of spaces where they, and their families, can relax, thrive and love. It just doesn’t get better than that.

We made it our mission in the past few years to showcase all types of homes, not just those with the latest must-haves in home décor. Our search for real homes, real families and signs of everyday life have brought more warmth to our own hearts and we are so thankful for all of those who have boldly shared their spaces (and families) with us. We’ve learned that color and pattern can transform a room and that small details make a house a home. We’ve also learned that you, our readers, enjoy and take as much inspiration from a home that looks lived-in as you do from a styled, well-lit and professionally photographed home. And we couldn’t agree more. Here’s to the love that goes into homes across the world! –Caitlin

Click through the slideshow above for a sweet collection of “What I Love About My Home” images. You’ll walk away smiling. And, in the spirit of this day dedicated to love, we’d love to know what you love about your home too! Please share your favorite things about your home below in the comments section.

P.S. If you’d like to share your home here on Design*Sponge, please email me directly at caitlin@designsponge.com with the subject line My Home.


Lauren Phillips and Frank Norton love that their home provides abundant opportunities to make art. See their Kansas City, MO home here.
For Neal Santos and Andrew Olson, the ability to share their home and the fruits of their urban garden makes their home a happy place. Together they transformed an abandoned, rejected corner of Philadelphia, PA into an oasis. See their home tour here.
Manon, Michel and their son, Micah, love that their home in Amsterdam documents their family's growth. See their full home tour here.
Potter Stella Baggott has a green thumb and a love for all things green. She revels in the natural light her home provides and fills it with living things. See her home tour here.
Denise Santiago and Michael Warrington fixed up a rundown, 19th-century Victorian farmhouse in Stroudsburg, PA. For them, their home is a reminder of each other's hard work and perseverance. See their home tour here.
The Asay family cherishes the original historic details of their Iowa home as sources for memories and stories from the past. See their home tour here.
Change is a constant in this California home for a family of six. Chi Yang and her husband Jerret embrace that change with lots of love, and it shows. See their home here.
Amber and Dylan Rooke accepted the challenge of settling in a rough-around-the-edges neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Their neighbors and the community made it worth it. See their home tour in the Hazelwood area here.
A 1932 bungalow in Missoula, MT is home to a family of three who enjoy all of the natural light and the shelter it provides to move through all of life's ups and downs. See this home here.
Family reigns supreme in the Kentucky home of Hanna & Dustin. See this colorful home tour here.

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  • What a GREAT idea – have only quickly gone through the delightful ‘What I like best’ vignettes and look so forward to take my time in the near future to look into every single ‘story’ behind those statements. It will be like a picture-cum-story book and I can’t wait to have the time to do this ‘trip’. Thank you and all the contributors; it’s a really wonderful idea!

    PS: I would very much appreciate if I could, like on any other blog, just add my comment and not have to add name, email & webside every time – can’t you link the comments to the address you sent your email to? Just wondering, it’s rather annoying.

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