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Creating a home that resonates with you can be super
simple. I suggest you start by thinking about what you love
about your home. Then, accent that which you love. Perhaps
you have a fireplace that you rarely use, but you love how it
looks. Rearrange the furniture around it so that it becomes the
focal point. If it is non-functional, try massing pillar candles
in the fireplace with a decorative mirror against the back of
the firebox. Light the candles and curl up amid this lovely,
inexpensive ambiance with a friend for a conversation or with
your dog and a good book and see how you feel. Emotional
well-being may be the result! Hygge!
Sometimes the most basic improvement results in a significant impact. Replacing a drafty window with a new one that
will allow you to enjoy a beautiful outdoor view even on the
coldest winter day can be very uplifting! I have a fond memory
of the day my husband repaired the door latch in our daughter's home. After the repair, the one-hundred-year-old wood
door (which had previously been drafty and difficult to close)
clicked shut snuggly as though it was brand new. She laughed
and stated that she would have asked him to repair it much
sooner had she realized what a big difference it would have
made in her daily life! He got a big hug and we all enjoyed a
cup of coffee. We've shared similar moments with many of our
lovely clients. Hygge! Be aware of the good moments in every
day!
Infusing existing homes with many new amenities and
fresh appeal has been an artistic joy for me. With each one, I
love the process of working with the owner to determine how
he, she, family and friends will best enjoy the functionality
and the personality of the new design, while honoring the architecture, style and soul of the home. We've had the pleasure
of helping elders gracefully age in their homes, young couples
create environments for the everyday togetherness of family
life, and we have created special, practical spaces that welcome
friends.

"Congratulations to the HBA
for 60 years of industry support!
We value our membership!"

With winter upon us, it is the perfect time to soak up the
warm and joyful feelings born of hygge. Plan a very simple
dinner with true friends and see just how satisfied you feel
afterward. Light candles and meditate on what is most important to you. Do what inspires you out in nature and indoors
with music, art, books, and with loved ones. Tidy your home
so you can really see it... so you can appreciate what you love
about it and and so you can really live in it. Eliminate unwanted and unused things to make space for the people and
activities dear to you. Bypass trends and superfluous d├ęcor for
your true style and functionality. As you focus more on what
you love and what you love about your home, you will enjoy
being there even more. Perhaps you will begin to look forward
to the soft glow of the Berks County winter evenings as a time
to celebrate the good moments they bring to light. Hygge!

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