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For most people, a house isn’t just a part of their investment portfolio—it’s so much more. Imagine how much time you spend in your home, the memories you make in it, and the special occasions you host there. These personal interactions transform a house into a home. More and more homeowners are focusing on turning their homes into personal oases. Let us help you create a welcoming atmosphere in your home.

Natural light is the perfect way to change the mood of your home. The right amount of sunlight can energize your family for the day—finding the perfect window blinds will allow you to control the amount of light of that comes in and to take advantage of the stunning sunrises and sunsets in your area. Open all your blinds for total exposure, or create just enough light to start your day with the perfect cup of coffee. Don’t forget window treatments for skylights, which can help you experience the wonders of a star-filled sky from the comfort of the indoors.

Plants are another great way to create a welcoming atmosphere in your home. Plants add a beautiful, natural look to your décor as well as a little aromatic improvement. Your new window treatments can also help ensure your plants get all the sunlight they need.

Finally, your furniture arrangement should guide guests to the focal point of the room. To experience a new feel, try making the focal point something other than the television. If you have a large backyard, arrange your living space to focus on a window overlooking that area. Arranging your furniture to maximize personal interaction is a great way to ensure everyone feels welcome when they come into your home.

Always remember that your home needs to be welcoming to you first and foremost. Create a space all your own, a space that reminds you why you fell in love with your house. When you feel welcome in your own home, welcoming others is much easier.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.