When it's dark, cold, and rainy out, it's good to come in from taking the dog for a walk and close and lock the door and know that I'm in for the evening.
My place is messy, with a plethora of chairs and an excess of coffee tables, but it's warm and light and, to me, homey -- gezellig. It's particularly soothing to be in for the night on a Friday, when tomorrow will be a leisurely morning. The dog and I can settle down to read, watch TV, or browse the internet.
Or chew a bone, as the case may be.