written By:  Jenna @ Lucky Little Mustardseed

What makes a house a home?

It’s a tough question to answer, as everyone’s reply would most likely vary. For example, my answer would include the three D’s of my life: my handsome D, our dogs, and, well, décor [doy!]. However, anyone’s response could be categorized as “taking effort.” My relationship takes effort. Our dogs take effort. Décor takes effort. Therefore, all-in-all, making a house a home takes [you guessed it] effort, BUT it doesn’t always have to be A LOT of effort.

The easiest [and my favorite] way to make a house a home is to add natural elements to your décor.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.“ – William Shakespeare

Now, I know sometimes the whole decorating novelty can seem overwhelming but nature is on your side, my friends. Sure with the warmer weather outside, most of our focuses have shifted to gardening, patio furniture, and such [which is great], but why not bring the outside in?!

Here are some of the ways I add these natural elements to my own home:

Indoor Plants

Adding Natural "Home" Elements: Indoor Plants

Tabletop Accents

Adding Natural "Home" Elements: Tabletop Accents

Fresh Flowers

Adding Natural "Home" Elements: Fresh Flowers

Household Furnishings

Adding Natural "Home" Elements: Household Furnishings

By introducing just one of these above ways into your home, [I promise] you will feel more grounded to the space and connected to the world we live in; plus, [I believe] this to be a timeless style – one that will survive every kind of color trend. I’m sure there’s other ways to incorporate more natural elements. These are just the ones I do. I would love to hear about any additional ones if you have them; email me via Jenna@luckylittlemustardseed.com.

Have fun decorating!

Jenna Carlson

Jenna is a Nebraskan transplant living in sunny San Diego, California. She is farm-raised, corn-fed, and knows more than she cares to admit about making a mean mud pie. Before moving out West in Spring of 2009, Jenna earned two music degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney while playing “on-air” host for Central Nebraska’s FOX affiliate, Fox 4 & 17. She’s filled the past four years of her life with small office jobs, auditions galore, and a few booked gigs. Along the way, though, Jenna learned some tough lady lessons about herself, falling out of love, and how to keep the happy/creative side to life. Now with her classically handsome boyfriend (yep, Cupid found her again) and their three, four-legged kids, she’s a part-time actor, full-time upholsterer, and witty blogger of Lucky Little Mustardseed: A Truthful Evolution of Self, Happiness, & Everything Creative in Between. Oh, and she loves oversized PJ’s. She does. She really, really does.