Feeling At Home

  1. Catherine Sprunt says:

    I love this post – home is definitely where you make it 🙂

  2. Oh what a lovely post! It’s interesting this concept of "home", and feeling "at home".

    For me home is our little flat in Oxford, where I have lived with my boyfriend for the past 3 years. I love that it’s cosy and familiar, but we are still getting to know its quirks, after all it is in a 150-year old house so really, we’ve only been here for a short moment in its life. It’s the same with Oxford, I have my favourite spots, and I am in love with the surrounding countryside, but there are still places to discover and be surprised by. I think my favourite thing has been getting to see all the changes that each season brings; every year I notice something new!

    Despite feeling so settled and comfortable here, I still say "I’m going back home" whenever I visit my mum’s house on the tiny Mediterranean island where I grew up. I think that will always be "home", even though I haven’t actually lived there in a decade.

    Anyway, sorry for the essay-comment.

    P.S. I think everyone has a miscellaneous box that never gets properly unpacked when moving to a new house. 😉

  3. Charelle says:

    Back to square one, but getting ready for square three! I agree that ‘home’ is the place that’s familiar. But on the other hand, sometimes you feel at home somewhere you’ve never been before. So, then it’s not the familiarity that makes you feel at home, but just the atmosphere I guess. (:

  4. Danielle E. Alvarez says:

    Back to square one!

    You know, I actually visited my home last weekend and made me contemplate moving forward by moving back where I came from. What a concept! And it has never, ever occurred to me before now. I’m happy to see London has been so good to you. Perhaps I’ll be inspired 🙂

  5. I find it interesting that you wrote about this today, I was just thinking about it last night. I am currently in Mexico City, moved here for about 2 months for a temporary, but really cool, job. Before this I was living in Guadalajara, one of the other big cities in Mexico, where I had been living since the beginning of this year, January until August, before that my hometown used to be this city on the border with the US, Tijuana. You might have heard of it, if you have it probably wasn’t anything good. But its only the old reputation, it is a really nice place to be. And I was thinking last night, that I kind of wanted to go "home’, and in my mind it got all mixed up. I was imagining Guadalajara as the place, but thinking of my friends back in Tijuana, but not really being conscious that I was thinking of two completely different places. So I realized, that first of all Guadalajara was now becoming my home. Being the first city I moved to by myself, it came as a shock that I was able to detach myself from my hometown and everything I knew. I miss them both, and it seems that without knowing it both places are home to me. Which I think is cool, to not limit myself to one place, and I really hope that in the near future I will be able to "call" new places home, and most importantly hope they will FEEL like home.

  6. Camille says:

    In the past couple months I’ve started realizing how comfortable my apartment is. I definitely need to jazz it up a bit, but I love how at home I feel here. Though I must admit I envy you and your London address!

  7. Erika says:

    I love this post! I feel the same way about my parent’s house in Italy, in the countryside just half an hour from Rome and in Canada, Toronto to be precise where I am currently living after packing my suitcases two months ago.

    I wish you all the best in getting settled back in your old neighbourhood!
    xoxo Erika
    http://whaterikawears.com/

  8. Raashi Agarwal says:

    Ahhh I love this post, and the photos! This: "Little pieces of home scattered all over, somehow all linked together in my heart." could not be more true! My homes are a small little town called Karratha in Western Australia, Holland, India (not because I ever lived there, but because all my extended family is there), a town close to Sydney called Newcastle – and now, Brisbane! Haha.

    Raashi
    http://raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

  9. Jes Cohen says:

    I laughed at the bit when you said "till grabbing things out of suitcases, not quite packed, not quite unpacked (which by the way is my least favourite thing about moving.. especially all those ‘little bits’ I’ve been keeping for no reason at all – where do they all go?!?!)" because I couldn’t agree more.

    I always find little things at the bottom of the box and wondered what I had even used them for in my previous house.

    Nevertheless, the buildings look so incredible in these pictures. London in general looks great!

    http://jesandbleu.com

  10. Hester says:

    Awh love this post! London is definitely my home, Amsterdam does as well. Can’t wait to move to London!! Enjoy your new place:)

  11. Melissa Reid says:

    I love the second last picture – I’m not a big fan of the darkening skies around this time of year, but I do like how they make light through windows glow (and illuminate lots of little snapshots into other people’s lives – I am a bit nosy when it comes to looking in windows).

    ~ Melissa

  12. Polly says:

    I love this post. And it makes me a little homesick because I grew up just across the river from those buildings and went to school in Parson’s Green. I’ve had many a coffee at the Italian place by Putney Bridge Station! So good. I love Hally’s the new breakfast place around the corner too!

    I totally get the scattered home. My home is mainly in Putney, but I am living in Australia at the moment, and I love it. I know that when I go back to London I will leave a piece of home here. And also my uni days in Bath have a place in my heart. x

    http://blog.pollyrowan.com/

  13. Yelle @ Tender Roots Blog says:

    This is a great post – I really relate because I have recently moved myself. It was a long process, because I knew I was moving for two months before I actually moved. I find that it always feels like home when your items and furniture and finally all in place. That’s what most comforting.

  14. Sofie says:

    I love the idea of having more than one home. It’s hard to know where I’m talking about when I say I’m going home nowadays…it could be to the apartment in Seattle that I’ve come to love, it could be back to the house I called home growing up in California, it could be my college town in the Midwest, or even to my parents’ house in Ireland. Home is where you leave your memories and the people you love.

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