8 Simple Ways To Make Your Home Your Own Personal Château

Savoring a good life should start at home, but it’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking our homes are not grand enough, clean enough or beautiful enough to celebrate them as they are.

In her recently published book, At Home With Madame Chic, Jennifer L. Scott quotes French style icon Inès de la Fressange:

"A Parisian’s apartment is her château."

These words stopped me in my tracks because they contain such possibility.

Why can’t your home be your château?

Why not do what you can to make daily life a bit grander, more exciting and more elegant?

Try one or all eight of these ideas to start doing just that. Your life—and your home—will be the richer for it.

Farmhouse Dining Room by Nastasi Vail Design

Throw a dinner party. Pull out the good china, scatter tea lights everywhere and decorate the table with potted orchids. Invite your best friends over, cue up the music, and serve something simple but delicious.

Dishes that take all day to prepare is fabulous if you love to cook and have the time but don’t let extensive cooking keep you from having a fabulous dinner party.

Make the evening feel special by starting with champagne and ending with coffee or tea and a bite of something sweet—your guests will hardly care if the main course was a rotisserie chicken from the local market.

This story originally appeared on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. You can find it here.

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