A little tiny word with enormous meaning.
What feelings and emotions does the word ‘home’ evoke? What does it mean to you?
I’ve been thinking about this long and hard and I can’t think of a single straight answer. Home means so many different things to me. I can’t narrow it down to just one thing. So here are the first things that spring to mind.
Home is feeling safe and secure.
It’s pulling up outside the house and feeling relief and excitement wash over me, that I’m back in the place I feel the happiest.
It’s hearing my boy’s key turn in the lock — then hearing him whistle. Something he’s done ever since we’ve been together. That two-tone whistle is synonymous with home.
Home is our funny, beautiful cottage with it’s wonky walls and tin roof. And no, I’m not joking. It really does have a tin roof ;)
It’s sitting around the kitchen table, listening to the radio, with the warmth of the AGA enveloping us.
Home is snuggling in our giant bed, strewn with books and magazines — on a Saturday morning — with my three lovely boys (tiny boys and big, man-shaped boy).
Home is bimbling about in the garden, safely enclosed by mellow brick walls, listening to my babies laugh as they play around us.
It’s the excitement of choosing a tree from the farm, then decorating it with all of the trinkets we’ve collected over the years, with Christmas music playing in the background.
Home is the big Chinese cabinet that we’ve had in every house we’ve ever lived in. It’s our cats and chickens. It’s our house-plant called Gerald.
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Home is Wherever We are Together.
‘Home is Wherever We Are Together’ is really what home’s all about though, I guess. It doesn’t matter where I am really; as long as I’m with my little family, I am home.
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What does home mean to you? Would you have written another quote? Let me know! I’m always looking for inspiration for new designs for my shop! :)
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.