There all these sayings about home... "Home is where the heart is" after all, and Dorothy believed "there's no place like home"; "home is more than a place, it is a feeling." and "home is whenever I'm with you".
Home as a term is complex for me... even now I feel my heart ceasing under all the layers of tangled thought compressing around it. Home, belonging, comfort... these things all (somewhat) go hand in hand, they are the three amigos of finding inner peace, the three musketeers of contentment (too much?).
However, while the idea of home is complex, the reality of our homes is far more tangible. It is strange to enter a persons home when they aren't really "at home" there isn't it? It feels stale and off putting, like a poorly staged play, its pieces scattered, waiting to be moved to the next shell of a theater which will offer temporary shelter; nothing more. On the other hand, it is amazing to enter into a house (apartment, loft, shack, what have you) that has truly been made into a home. There is a glow to these spaces, a comfort, an ease... you guys... I want that.
I want our house to be a home. I am just as cliche as my 1950s counter parts (ok, that is a tad much, I don't vacuum in heels... hell I don't really vacuum OR wear heels for that matter, but you get where I am going).
I want people to enter our (tiny) apartment and not see its size, but rather it's comfort and intention. Feel like the things in it fit and belong, which in turn allows them to feel as though they fit and belong. It is an art you guys and I want to master it!
Furniture shopping has become an Olympic sport for Drew and I, interior design blogs our training guide and Ikea our arch nemesis (it's great, but it lacks depth of emotion we long to create). I feel like we have the bones, we just need to flesh things out... Ok, to be honest, I think I may just feel this way for the rest of our lives, but I'm ok with it... it is like working out right!? A life long progression.
For the time being I am content and happy and, like Maya Angelou once said, "I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."
May you find yourself at home wherever you are today.
*image via tumblr