Book Review: Creating a SenseSational Home

I’ve read this book, I think, about six times now, and it always inspires me.  In her book, Creating a SenseSational Home, Terry Willits encourages homemakers to decorate and care for their homes remembering that God has given us five senses.  Too many times we tend to think of decorating our homes to be visually appealing only.  The visual is important, of course, but there are also the senses of hearing, taste, touch and smell to be considered.  Mrs. Willits gives wonderful, practical help towards decorating our homes with all five senses in mind.

Terry Willits is a professional interior decorator and wife who shares her faith throughout this book.  I found her approach refreshing and her tone conversational.  After an introductory chapter explaining her philosophy, Mrs. Willits devotes an entire chapter to each of our five senses.  Each chapter gives many great examples of things that we can all do in our homes, many with very little or no expense involved.  Her ideas are practical and quite doable!  I credit this book for opening my eyes to the fact that how my home smelled, sounded and felt were just as important as how it looked.  I reread Creating a SenseSational Home every couple of years or so, and I always find a new idea or two to implement in my home.

There are beautiful, full color illustrations throughout the book, that enhance the text.  The art work was done by Edsel Arnold, and the beautiful paintings remind me of the work of Susan Rios and other such artists.

Mrs. Willits closes her book with a final chapter that reminds us that “the homemaker is the true heart of the home.”  From her final chapter,

 “When it comes to creating a “SenseSational” home, Proverbs 4:23 offers some wise advice:  “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  A wellspring is the fountain or source from which all other things flow.  What we fill our hearts with, we will eventually fill our homes with.  A miserable woman makes a miserable home.  A joyful woman makes a joyful home.  God has given us the incredible ability, as women, to set the atmosphere of our surroundings, for better or worse.  The words and actions that set the atmosphere of our homes are simply an overflow of what we have stored up in our hearts.”

     Though this book has been out of print for sometime, there are many copies circulating about, and it is available for sale used here beginning at just $1.06!

I will leave you with Mrs. Willits’ closing remark.

“While you strive to awaken the senses to bring life and love to your home, remember that the condition of your heart will be the most influential ingredient in setting the atmosphere.  After all, the heart of the homemaker is the heart of the home.  May Christ bless your home with life and love as he inhabits your heart,”

Amen.

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8 comments to Book Review: Creating a SenseSational Home

  • This is an awesome book-I read it just this last fall and the author does have some great ideas. Great review Cheryl!!!

  • This is an awesome book-I read it just this last fall and the author does have some great ideas. Great review Cheryl!!!

  • OK- You talked me into it (I bought the book for $1.02)- your blog is so beautiful and you seem to have such a wonderful home- I am ready for all the help I can get! I LOVE the china pattern in your background. Thank you for all the inspiration here and at your site.  Melody Joy

  • OK- You talked me into it (I bought the book for $1.02)- your blog is so beautiful and you seem to have such a wonderful home- I am ready for all the help I can get! I LOVE the china pattern in your background. Thank you for all the inspiration here and at your site.  Melody Joy

  • I will put the book on my list. I enjoy any book about homemaking, but this one is not about work…all the better!

    I really needed to hear that last paragraph. Our hearts and attitudes certainly define the feel and sense of our home. Mine stinks lately!!!

  • I have added that book to my list. Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful week

  • Hi Cheryl, I have a question for you.  Have you ever written about putting together and using a price book for your family’s spending?  I seem to remember reading here one time about that.  I would like to start to put together one for our own family but the thought is rather overwhelming!! 🙂  Thank you so much, Jennifer (Mom to 7)

  • Jennifer = I have discussed making a price book, yes; and I heartily recommend that you do so.  It is a huge task, though; and for most of us, putting one together takes months.  Dani and I are still working on ours, in fact, it is an ongoing commitment to keep the prices updated and current to reflect seasonal sales/discounts and rising prices.

    My suggestion is that you just pick up a notebook and take it with you as you shop next time.  If you have an older child to help either jot things down for you, or manage the cart while you do so, all the better.  The simplest way to begin is just to note the prices for the things you are buying, and where you bought them.  From that starting point, you can begin to watch for better prices on those items…and then even better prices.  Be sure to do some comparisons between brands (unless you prefer a particular brand for some products), and to watch the price per ounce between various sizes.  The large “economy” sizes are not always the best priced per ounce!  As time goes on, your price book will begin to reflect the lowest price you have paid for the items your family uses. 

    With that information, you will know a really great sale when you see it, and you can buy extra, as the budget allows, of the sale items.  You will also know not to buy, unless absolutely necessary, when those items are priced too high. 

    This is just a very basic outline, but I hope it helps!