They say the home is a personal castle, but most of us don’t really want a drafty brick and mortar building with a moat. What we want is a comfortable home where we can relax or have friends and family come by at any time. We also want a place where our pets are both happily stimulated, and contented. With a little balance it’s possible to have a great place to entertain, and personal haven where it’s possible to unwind.
“So if animals aren’t our friends, then what are they? The answer can be summed up between two buns.”
The Balancing Act
While you want a home and garden that’s neat in appearance whenever someone stops by, being afraid to have a mess can take the enjoyment out of a home. The way around this dilemma is to have inconspicuous places around the house to place blankets, reading materials or pet toys when you know a visitor is arriving soon.
Places for storage don’t have to look like bins or receptacles. You can find coffee tables, end tables, and even chairs with hidden storage spaces that allow you toss the cat toys or dog treats away, and clear up clutter quickly before guests arrive.
Electronic gadgets that take away from a room’s décor are also stored away simply in this manner, and it’s possible to tuck away power supplies or other items that clutter up a room quickly.
Portable speakers allow you take music with you anywhere in the house. You can relax and listen to music or podcasts while lying in the bath, or curled up in bed. Any activity such as cooking in the kitchen is more fulfilling with a little music in the background. Portable speakers also work while for entertaining as you can place in these in out of the way spots where the speakers will attract less attention, and only the music itself gets noticed.
Portable speakers also make it easier to hide things like the cords and power supply. Some portables run on batteries so having music almost anywhere is possible with having to find a place to plug them in while trying to relax or have guest over.
Adding Comfort Indoors
Couches are often comfortable places to lie down and relax, or have around for guests to lounge on while visiting. Tasteful accents like pillows shouldn’t just be selected based on a color scheme matching the room through. Comfort is just import when looking for cushions. The texture of the fabric should be smooth, and soft rather than scratchy, and the interior of a pillow to make chairs more comfy should be billowy to the point of indulgence. It’s a good thought to check for cleaning instructions for comfy pillows ahead of time to see the recommend way to keep them soft and useful for a long time.
The garden is another great place to entertain or unwind. Gardens are all the plants you grow, but a few can actually enhance the level of comfort you have around the house. Growing some lavender, rosemary, and honeysuckle will enhance the aroma around the entire garden, and make it a welcoming place. A few chairs and a table meant for the outdoors and you have place to read, surf the Internet, or talk to friends and family. Portable speakers in the garden give you the opportunity to make this yet another place to enjoy music, or even watch television shows on a tablet. For many people a garden becomes a great getaway where the cares of the day are easily forgotten.
Pets and Comfort
Dogs are usually easy to please. A bowl of water, food, a few toys, and a television left on will usually please them. A cat however, is the frequently the roommate who needs special attention. Cats love toys, but are typically fickle about them. Some cats love climbing toys while others love to have something to chase and tangle with, while others love a toy to cuddle with when alone. It can take some looking for the right combination, but it’s possible to find exactly what will keep your furry friend engaged while you’re away. Look for items that appeal to specific instincts your cat has such as climbing, hunting, or cuddling has benefits, as does having a combination of all of these to fit the cat’s many moods. With a few hiding places around the house it’s easy to scoop these up and out of the way when guests arrive.
A Comfortable Castle
All together with both a high level of comfort the home becomes the perfect place to unwind or entertain. Coming home after a long day to happy pets and a warm couch, relaxing music, and happy pets is inviting, and it doesn’t mean sharing your space is hardship. Guests will find this a welcoming place to visit, and never know the room was littered with gadgets, books, or cat toys only a few minutes before they arrived.