Settling into a new or first home allows you to slowly accumulate furnishings you love. But often — and believe me, I've been there! — it means living in a home that can be quite empty. With nothing to absorb the noise, every sound echoes and bounces around the empty rooms. If you'd like to make your home a little less noisy, you might want to try this trick I discovered when I was out last night.
I was at the restaurant Comme Ça, which sounds lively even when it's relatively empty. The space has large glass windows, blackboard walls, many mirrors and a polished wood floor — few soft surfaces to absorb the noise. But why wasn't it deafening? Sitting down at a table, I learned their secret: the restaurant carpets the undersides of their tables! The clandestine carpet helps absorbs some of the sound.
What have you done to reduce noise and echoes in your home?