A blissful Home

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What is it that makes a house our home? Where does comfort, “Gemuetlichkeit”, come from? What are the things that make us feel cosy and warm? What is the secret of creating a soulful, welcoming atmosphere with a lovely spirit in our houses?

I am a real home bird, a homebody that loves to be “chez moi”.
With the upcoming cold season and shifting more inside, I am asking myself often questions on how to beautify our own rooms and how to create a surrounding that would please Allah, a house the Prophet (sws) would feel comfortable in and a home the angels love to enter.

During my university years, while studying interior architecture, I learned a lot about forms and function, about building techniques, about shape and “good design”.
But we never really discussed the question of what gives the home a heart.

I don’t think it’s the furniture or the size and the shape of the rooms that make a home – I really believe that it’s the little personal stuff, materials that resonate with our souls, things that mirror our personality, our dreams, our values, our mood:
a garden flower, a children’s drawing, a handmade pillow or a piece of wood from the seashore; a lightened candle, some old family treasures, a piece of jewellery, the afternoon sun falling into a window; a pile of books, little pebbles or a beautiful leaf from the woods, a weaved basket or a wooden toy…
I think it’s imperfection that gives our homes a lively lovely spirit; it’s the things we’ve put our love and heart in, things that tell tales about our daily life.

I am not talking about expensive art paintings, about senseless magazine-like artificial decoration, nor about over loaded spaces – I am talking about gathered pieces of beauty, about inherited goods and crafted things, about things that remind us about our outside adventures and the blessings given by Allah.

“A real home is a place that nurtures us on every level… a home with a heart embraces us when we walk through the door; we can almost feel it wraps its healing around us…” (Jane Alexander in “Spirit of the home”)

So how can we improve a good and healthy spirit in our houses? How can we make the home a real mirror of our selves, of our dreams and our personality?

I think sometimes we have to take time to ask ourselves what message our rooms send out, what vibration they give. And we have to check out if being at home nourishes our soul and makes us really feel good.
 
Sometimes we have to de-clutter the rooms, we have to clean and tidy up and rearrange some things: to give hidden or forgotten corners a new purpose, to redecorate some places and to purify everything from Djinn and negative energies by letting in some fresh air, by playing some qur’anic recitation, by spraying out some natural fragrances, by displaying some beautiful calligraphy or landscape photography, by creating a little corner for devotion, filled with Islamic literature and a nice prayer mat and by cherishing Allah’s blessings by putting around some seasonal pieces brought in from nature.
And last but not least: we should always enter the house with a blissful “salamou alaikoum – may peace be with you!”
By doing so we may feel an uplifting move in ourselves, we may feel free in our mind and renewed, full of life and new power – and eventually the surroundings become a home that nourishes our family, that warmly welcomes visitors, that radiates with a joyful “charisma” and a faithful soul and that incha’allah really becomes an oasis of peace and happiness, just as Allah promises us in His holy book: ”And Allah has made in your homes an abode of comfort…” (Qur’an Sura An-Nahl, 16,80).

What do you feel comfortable with and what means “home” to you?

17 thoughts on “A blissful Home

  1. Liebe Itto,
    danke für diese schönen Worte – es sind die feinen, kleinen, persönlichen Dinge, die ein Heim gemütlich machen –
    für mich Holz, Möbel aus offenem, natürlichem Holz, Bücher, Wolle,
    Bilder, auch gerade von denen, die nicht mehr bei uns sind, uns vorangegangen in die Ewigkeit;
    aber auch die kleinen,feinen Dinge aus dem Garten – eine Schale roter
    Äpfel (gibt es dieses Jahr nicht), Nüsse, ein großes altes Einmachglas mit
    Herbstfrüchten aus dem Wald, Kastanien und einer Kerze, die ich nachher anzünde, daneben steht eine Vase mit den allerletzten Rosen – sie fallen und die Blätter lasse ich noch eine Zeit liegen – und besonders erfreut mich gerade meine wieder erblühte weiße Amaryllis – im 3. Jahr blüht sie schon, keine Wegwerfblume, sondern immer neu – ihr strahlendes Weiß prägt die Fensterbank. Ihre rote Schwester schickt sich an, auch die Blüten zu öffnen –
    tägliche Freude an diesen kleinen Dingen, das ist es…
    Und die Menschen, die in den Räumen leben….
    In diesem Sinne –
    danke für deine schöne Anregung, über Selbstverständliches nachzudenken.
    Es grüßt dich aus dem Land unter der Teck
    Ingrid

  2. A home is where you can hang your heart, take off your shoes, relax and enjoy your family and friends. It doesn’t mean magazine beautiful, everything perfectly coordinated. I like the way you use found items and put them to good use, the jar and wire candle lanterns and rope-covered bottles.

  3. Liebe Itto,
    du bringst es auf den Punkt: Unser Zuhause, unser Daheim ist der Spiegel unseres Wesens. Bei mir ist es – wegen meiner Krebserkrankung, wegen des Todes meiner Mutter? – ziemlich chaotisch. Aber dennoch, es ist ein lebendiges Heim!
    Ich habe heute die letzten Rosen geschnitten; sie stehen auf der Fensterbank. Vor dem Fenster ist der Kirschbaum in seiner Herbstfärbung fast Bestandteil unseres Wohnzimmers, flammend rot, in Erwartung der Winterruhe und des Wiedererwachens im Frühling.
    Mit den länger dauernden Abenden kommt auch die Zeit der Kerzen wieder. Sie brennen für uns selbst und für alle, denen wir nahestehen.
    Im Nachlass meiner Mutter habe ich zahlreiche wunderschöne, filigrane Spitzen gefunden, die meine Urgrossmutter vor etwa hundert Jahren aus ganz feinem Garn gehäkelt hat. Ich werde sie für Kissenbezüge verwenden, die dann auf ganz spezielle Weise Sinnbild für meine Herkunftsfamilie sein werden. Ich habe auch einen Teppich geerbt, der einen Ehrenplatz bekommen wird.
    Das Zuhause neu ordnen bedeutet meistens auch, das eigene Leben “aufräumen”. Ich bin gespannt, was dabei herauskommen wird!
    Herzliche Grüsse,
    Katarina

  4. Salam Itto,

    Ce que j’aime dans la maison, c’est cette idée de lieu de refuge, quand on revient chez soi et que quelqu’un nous attend, l’odeur du repas, le bouquet de fleur fraichement cueilli dans les prés….tout simplement un lieu de sérénité……J’aime aussi les vieilles maisons où des vies sont passées, penser aux joies, aux larmes, aux enfants qui y sont nés…Un maison pour moi doit vivre et être faite pour durer je crois, 100, 200 ans peut être plus ….

    xxx

    Sonia

  5. As.Salam aleikoum sister,

    I do not really need so many things or to have a very furnished or fashioned home.

    What I really need the most is a place of living in the remembrance of Allah. Some pictures in the wall, a library with islamic books, a mp3 playing the Qu’ran while making the home work…and surrounded by my family. As simple as this…

    Salam
    Nabila

  6. MashaAllah, may Allah bless you for your excellent writing and insightful photography. Your words and photos really set me thinking dear Itto.

    Sometimes we compare our homes with others and with the perfect home that the decorators say we should have. But we pay little attention to our own intuitions, feelings and state of mind. The result, we never feel ‘at home’ and we are always looking for something else that will make us happy.

  7. your home is warm, beautiful and cozy, truly meaningful to you and your family. It seems lovable and livable, a place i would feel most comfortable visiting.

    To me a home encompasses the same things – warm, cozy and represents who we really are. I always feel at home in my home and just like you, stay home most of the times. I never seize to enjoy the little delights i have put on the wall, cooked on the stove or made with my hands. What a blessing it is to enjoy our homes.

  8. I always love the peeks into your home, Itto. The textures and light are so different there from ours here. Home is where people love you, I think.

  9. MachAllah your home is beautiful and tranquil. Our home is still after 3 yrs in construction. I miss the tranquil feeling of a home … your home inspires … simple like how I like it … yet comfortable mmachallah sister!

  10. In addition to being a place of peace and simple comfort-I want my home to show others who I am and what is important to me-I have pine cones in my kitchen, dried wildfowers in my living room, black and white pictures of trees in my sunroom, Islamic Calligraphy everywhere. I am a lover of nature and a servant of Allah(swt) Thank-you for inviting us into your home, itto.

  11. Simplicity is my best for a home , less of everything…………what sets the happiness for me is the mood of others in the home. Sunlight warms my heart and lights up my home, cloud’s make me feel like to huddle in a corner and craft.

    The smell of bread baking in the oven.family enjoying it together subhanAllah Alhamduilah.

    I adore your home mashaAllah! Its very Rustic and i love it!

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