Making a Family Home

Making a Family Home

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“More than merely a dwelling, the definition of home extends beyond the meaning of a house and contains an additional poetic meaning. There’s the saying, ‘Home is where the heart is.’ Creating a home for our families can be both a challenge and a pleasure. Creating a home is a process of imbuing our space with soul and spirit, surrounding our family with love, care, comfort.” —Shannon Honeybloom

Making a Family Home is a book of real beauty, one both personal and universal. In describing her home and family life, Shannon Honeybloom shows how she made—and how we can make—a house into a real home as she shares her own efforts, hopes, and lessons in making a safe and healthy home that provides warmth and intimacy for the whole family.

Illustrated in color with lively, evocative photographs, Shannon invites the reader into her home and offers warm encouragement and practical suggestions for virtually every aspect of bringing love, comfort, and beauty to a family home. The chapters in Making a Family Home range from “At Home with Children” to “The Front Porch” and “The Playroom” to “The Backyard and the Garden.”

Shannon Honeybloom is a friend and confidant who offers gentle suggestions and wise insights for parents who wish to surround their family with the best possible home environment.



At Home with Children
The Senses and Other Considerations
The Front Porch
The Front Door, the Entryway
The Living Room
The Fireplace
The Playroom
The Kitchen
The Dining Room
The Bedroom
The Bathroom
The Attic
The Basement
The Backyard and the Garden
Outside the Home
Parenting at Home and Beyond


“When this book arrived at my house, I wanted to read it immediately. It’s a truly beautiful book that captured my attention. The jewel-toned photographs on the front are gorgeous and I was delighted to find lively pictures accompany the text throughout the book. And the paper is smooth and thick, which sounds silly now that I write it, but it’s one of the first things I noticed about the book; the quality really struck me.

“I like Honeybloom’s attitude throughout the book, that a home can be much more than just a house, that every room can provide true benefits to the people, especially the children who live there....

“Honeybloom takes us through the home, room by room, encouraging us to consider the purpose of each room, how the room and its furnishings can nurture children. Our home can be a sanctuary for our children and ourselves. She shares what she has done in her own home, with photos accentuating the text, and, more importantly gives us the theory behind it.

“I enjoyed the book. I like the whole concept, engaging kid’s senses, making the home more than a place to stop and watch TV for an hour or two. She also advocates natural materials and toys that encourage imagination not battery use.” Carol’s Notebook (, Aug. 2010