Thursday, May 6, 2010

Those special touches


Welcome to my very first party! I'm so glad you're here!

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine was at my house for a party and said, "I love snooping around other people's houses, seeing what special touches they've added. It's fun to get ideas that I might be able to use in my home."


I couldn't agree more! I want to know what special touches you've added to make your house a home.
First, I'll share some of my special touches with you.

As you approach my house, the first thing you see is my front porch. One of my favorite special touches is to have lamps on the porch. I keep compact fluorescent light bulbs in these lamps so that I can keep them burning all the time. They look so cheerful and welcoming, especially at night.



As you enter any house, one of the first things you notice is its fragrance. I have three teenage sons and two dogs, so I have to be careful to make sure our house smells welcoming. My special touch in this area is leather-scented candles. I buy them from DeeJay's Candles, and I consider them as much a secret weapon as a special touch!


I've noticed that one of the rooms in my house most visited by guests is the powder room. I take care to keep this room spic and span. And my special touch here is to keep a bowl of peppermints on the counter. Right now I'm using a small silver Revere bowl that I bought for $1.00 at a thrift store to hold Starlight mints.


Another special touch you'll find throughout my house is very personal decor. I like to decorate with things that are special to me, such as these antique angel food cake pans that belonged to my grandmother,


a wall clock that I made out of photographs of my family (read about it here if you like),


and a tiny pair of shoes worn by my each of my three boys.


See them? They're nestled on top of some art books.


These are some the special touches you'll find in my home. Now how about yours?
Please follow these guidelines for joining the party:
  1. Enter the link to your specific post, not your general blog address.
  2. Make sure you include a link back to this party in your post. (You can also include the button if you'd like.) This will insure that your readers can come here to gather good ideas from other party participants.
  3. If you have any problems linking, please leave me a comment with a link to your post. I'll do my best to get you linked up.
  4. Mingle! Please visit at least a couple of the other participants, so that we can learn from each other and encourage one another.

I can't wait to learn from you.


32 comments:

  1. You have such a lovely home!

    I looooooooooooooooove your front porch...it looks like the stuff porch dreams are made of! :)

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  2. I love how you decorate with family things that have meaning to you. Your home is definitely inviting and a place where a guest would love to take their time to look around at all of your treasures.

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  3. Richella your charming home
    is just gorgeous! I adore the unique wall clock and your front porch. ~Wow! It's all so warm and welcoming. It's just full of heart and you added so much character. Now that's what I call a *special touch*. ~Beautiful!

    Thank you for hosting! ~Melissa :)

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  4. Woo Hoo! You know I just love a great party. I'm bringing chocolate chip cookies to share while we visit. Many hugs, Marla

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  5. What a great idea, Richella! Love it. And that clock is so cool!!

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  6. "Ah that's so nice". That's what I said out loud when I just read your kind comment. It's good to know you too.

    Enjoy your party! *Smiles*

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  7. Your porch is a-maz-ing!
    I love your special touches. Mints in the powder room? So cool! Except my kids would eat them up real fast.

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  8. I can see anyone feeling at home at your place, Richella. :) I especially love your front porch area! I am totally stealing the shoe idea. I have a tiny pair of black doll shoe on one bookcase, but I haven't sued my girls' shoes. Great idea!

    I just finished my post and have it scheduled for tomorrow morning. I'll link up here as soon as it's published. :)

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  9. I love your front porch. It is very welcoming and warm.

    The baby shoes are cute too.

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  10. What a great idea....I am going to try and put a post together tomorrow.....Its the little touches that make a home....Stop by and check out my Mother's Day Giveaway.
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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  11. I just love your front porch! The lamps are such a neat idea. Also love the photo wall clock. How cool! :-)
    Thanks for hosting this lovely party. :-)

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  12. Great ideas for personal touches to add to a home! I especially like the peppermints in a dish in the powder room. :)

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  13. oh thank you so much for sharing, I loved your use of lamps on the front porch!

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  14. happy house party! i love the cake pans & the shoes the best :) i love your home... once of these days we are going to sit on that front porch and chat!

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  15. Just linked up! :) I'll make the rounds today after we've finished our errands. :) Looking forward to it!!

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  16. Your house is so pretty. I love the special touches that you have placed in your home. Carla

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  17. You have so many special touches! Love the lamps on the front porch, angel food cake pans, and baby shoes! Those are such beautiful ideas. My house is a wreck right now and not looking at all special :(. I'll try to pull something together but I might be late to the party!

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  18. Your front porch is amazing! I love all of the little touches you have added to your home! I wasn't going to link up today until I saw Amanda's post! I am going to try and link up at lunch! Thanks for hosting such a neat party!

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  19. What great little touches! I love the idea of lamps on your front porch, and that family wall clock is fabulous!

    Thanks for hosting a great party, I'm off to link up!

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  20. Great idea for a party :) I, too, display a special pair of shoes my boys all wore!

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  21. What a beautiful home you have. I LOVE your porch.

    If I had more time to participate today I would. I love this idea.

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  22. Hi Richella,
    Thanks for a fun party! Your home is lovely and indeed it is filled with special touches. I love being able to see a peek inside! Thanks for sharing, and I hope you'll drop by for a visit sometime.
    Have a great Mother's day.
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  23. Wow, you have some beautiful touches in your home! I love your grandmothers angel food cake pans on the wall! And your wall clock on the stirs is wonderful!! And your porch? Beyond inviting!!

    Thank you for hosting this fun party!

    Oh, I wantd to know if this was a "one time" party or are you doing it weekly?

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  24. Enjoyed the party! Don't know if you're going to keep doing this but if so, hope I can join in next time.

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  25. oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE the baby shoes!!!

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  26. LOVE your party idea...Glad I got here in the nick of time... Your house looks so welcoming and I agree it is the special, personal touches...I had to take a double look to make sure your porch was just a porch! It is so great! Lezlee

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  27. Yea, for your first party... I checked out every post~ great stuff!

    I have a party on the 16th of every month. I like the smaller parties better than the mega link ups!

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  28. Richella~
    I love your touches~so thoughtful and welcoming. Leather scented candles?? I'm very intrigued by these. I think I would stop at your front porch and just want to plop down right there. Oh, but then of course I would want to see everything else and snatch some peppermints and look at the sweet shoes. It looks like your party was a success! Happy Mother's Day!! Wait. It is Mother's and not Mothers' right?? :)

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  29. I love your front porch. I plan on getting my chairs and things out of storage this week, since it will finally be warm. The boys shoes are such a fun and sentimentel touch. Thanks for the fun party.

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  30. Such cute touches here and there...that is what makes a house a home:) Thanks for hosting this neat linky party, I joined:)

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  31. I had too much going on this week to party with you, but I so enjoyed seeing what makes your home so special. I ADORE that wall clock! What a fantastic idea!

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