How many of us have watched the Febreeze advertisements on television about going noseblind? The one that I always think about is the one with the cats - you know, you think your home smells like 'this', but your guests think it smells like 'this'.
We have four dogs. We also have 2 kids here full time, and another 4 here on occasion, plus the neighborhood kids who pop in from time to time. I'm not oblivious to how my house can smell. There have been days when I've walked inside and wanted to walk right back out again. Candles, air fresheners, carpet cleaners and fabric refreshers have become my best friend.
The above photo is our front room. One of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home. To the kids it's known as the 'quiet room'. They have the loft for their toys, video games and television and then we have a family room off our kitchen and dining area where we often play games, watch movies, or my love and I relax once the kids are in bed. This room though is drenched in light and is more of a peaceful space. It's where we often sit with visitors, where the Christmas tree is set up over the holidays, and where we sit if we want to do a quiet activity like read or play cards. I like the cooler more natural colors in this room. It's a space where you want to gather your thoughts and relax.