Homely means plain or unattractive in American English (and Canadian). To quote the loquacious Mrs. Rachel Lynde, upon meeting the newly-arrived Anne Shirley:
“She’s terrible skinny and homely, Marilla … and hair as red as carrots!” – Anne of Green Gables, Chapter Nine: In Which Mrs. Rachel Lynde is Properly Horrified.
In British English, however, it means cozy and comfortable – something any Tolkien fan will know because of this passage:
“Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was … ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all’. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness.” — The Fellowship of the Ring
So, the gist here is that I am employing the British meaning. I like both food *and* sleep (and I get plenty of both), and I do hope that my house, which at this stage in our lives is actually a small apartment, can be a homely place for my little family: cozy, comfortable, and the perfect place for sleeping, eating, and all the rest.
So there you have it. And now, it’s almost 3am, and I have a rendezvous with my bed. Postpartum insomnia, my friends.