Black Hills Woman Magazine | Home is not a place. It's a feeling.

Home is Not a Place. It's A Feeling.
by Debbie Mertes

Home sweet home. Your place of refuge at the end of the day. Stop and take a look around your home, does it “look” and “feel” like you? Does it reflect your unique personality?

“Home is not a place... it’s a feeling”

The best-designed homes feel layered with things that welcome, relax, rejuvenate and inspire you. They come together over time and tell a story about you, your passions, your journey. A home is a sanctuary that welcomes and awakens our senses. You can breathe new life into your home by focusing on those same senses.


Invite the smells of the natural world you love into your home. Aromas really do enhance comfort and happiness. What scents evoke pleasant memories for you? The soothing and calming options are endless; scented candles, incense, fragrance oils, essential oils, or fresh flowers.


One of the most important aspects of your home is textiles. Consider not only how they look but also how they feel. Luxurious carpet, smooth leather, or fine linens all contribute to the level of comfort you experience. Splurge a little here. It’s worth starting and ending every day rejuvenated.


Think about the sounds that bring tranquility. The sound of trickling water or soft music filling the background can be very relaxing and calming. Yet the sound of noisy appliances has the opposite effect. The sounds you hear are just as important as the sounds you don’t. It has never been easier to individualize your auditory pleasure. With the latest smart devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home you can set the mood, whether you feel like relaxing to the soothing sounds of ocean waves or dancing it out to your favorite jam.


Consider how colors, lighting and objects can influence one’s mood and thoughts. Think about how certain colors make you feel. They can influence any emotion, from tranquility to anger. The color choices and design items in your home are a direct reflection of your personality. The goal is to blend colors with mementos and treasures that mean something to you, into a pleasing combination.

Be authentic in evoking your personal style into your home. Surround yourself with the things you love; beautiful things, useful things, or personal things that just make you feel good. They all have a story to tell, and so do you.

Debbie Mertes is the Interior Design and Special Projects Coordinator for the Black Hills Surgical Hospital. We’re pretty sure her home captures her spirit and essence and probably smells amazing.


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