Sunday, August 23, 2009

Home

Every city has a story.

They all have their unique little quirks, and pockets of good and bad. They have their landmarks, and then their lovely hidden spots that only the locals know about. Whenever I go somewhere new, I like to see a bit of both - what the city presents itself to be to visitors, and then what it's like when it's not all dolled up for company.

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We all know about little unknown places in our Home towns. The small little restaurants owned by a cute family, or a random little park at the back of some apartment complex. And while all these things add character and charm, Home for me is all about people.

As long as I meet a community of great people, I can make my home anywhere. Beautiful buildings, lovely greenery - that is all secondary to being surrounded by people that I can connect with.

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What makes a place home for you?

(PS - the winner of the Stacy Harkins Designs giveaway is LJ! Yay!)

32 comments:

Dash said...

I love your interpretation and drawing of a home. Specially the bicycle.:)

My idea of a home would be the place I feel free the most. Clean air, beautiful buildings, and it has to have little secret quaint cafes for me to discover. oh and PARKS. u gotta have parks.:):)

Michelle said...

My idea of home consists of somewhere I can just be. Where talking isn't necessary and a peaceful silence is appreciated.

It's so easy to just "be" with my family. There's nothing high maintenance about us, and I love that.

Amie McCracken said...

This is great to read tonight, my husband just got a job in Germany...very exciting and a tad scary.

So I think my definition of home will change with this new adventure, don't know what it will be.

Carol said...

Home for me is with my family and Nick.

Tali Schiffer said...

I agree about the people thing. Anywhere can be home as long as I'm surrounded with good company!
But I also think that wherever home is, it should be a place you love, or learn to love, as home should be a place you're proud to be living in...

Sara said...

I love the drawing!
Well to me, home is where I feel I belong, that's on the emotional level.

On the physical/practical side of things home is a place where I can cook a good meal! (knowing where everything is...etc)

Hello, darling said...

I think it's the same as you acually: the people. I'm a big popele person, and the thing that makes me feel at home is those people that I can goof around with and laugh with and cry with and be serious with; just the people that get me ♥

Tender Branson said...

I would agree that people play a big role but in order for it to feel like home it also needs to have other things available that I enjoy.

DesBisoux said...

ha! this is a question i've asked myself a lot!i think people i love are my home.but i hope to have a place one day that i can call home...

Little Miss Tiara said...

home is... well, according to Winnie the pooh, where your heart is. I think I've put most of my heart in the dearest city of Yogyakarta, thus I've decided no matter how far I'll go travelling later on, I want to spend my old good quality time with my hubby in this city =d

p.s I've found his house! Yay!

nifer said...

Home is where I feel safe. Physically. Emotionally. A place I can rest and just be me.

SK said...

Home is wherever I can settle down and get comfortable. It's strange to my friends that I usually never get homesick. I think it's because I get so excited about a new place that I have no time to sulk about not being home.

Jaime said...

Home for me is def the people. I am from Boston but felt "at home" in college in NY because of all my friends.

AuroraRose said...

home for me is anywhere my family is... including the family pets - 2 cats and a dog of course!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh so true! you can be in the most beautiful place but without people you care about wouldn't be home. xo

Kristin said...

I agree with what you say -- it's all about who you surround yourself with, and not so much the what. ;)

LJ said...

When I think of home, I think of my Gran's home cooking! Sweet potatos, casseroles, and homemade ice cream...yum!

I'm so excited that I won the giveaway!!! I just emailed you my address. Thank you so much!

Jennifer Rose said...

hmm, I don't know what makes a place a home for me. I guess when it feels like a place I belong, either because I feel comfortable there or friends and family make me feel like I belong.

Kristin said...

I'm now at home wherever my dudes are!

Phoenix said...

home is where your family is, even if your family is your friends. :)

the Lost Earring said...

Wonderful post.

People make a place feel like home to me for sure. When I traveled in Europe for 6 weeks I saw many wonderful sites, but it was the connections I made with people that really made me feel at peace no matter where I was. And even if direct connections aren't made with people, I think there is much to be learned from observation alone :)

Laure said...

This is so funny! I've just published an article on the process of finding a new home!

Where home is for me? Well, I haven't found the place yet, precisely!!! ;)

Pamela said...

I'm with you...I can make home anywhere...at least that has been my experience so far. Before moving to our current town due to a job transfer we were slightly worried of its location...but we decided that we'd make our house nice and comfortable, go to the places we want to go, and avoid the places we want to avoid. :) It's working! And you know what? It IS a great little town! Only 1 hour from Portland, which I love.

Nicole Marie said...

how do you make such absolutely adorable gorgeous drawings! every day you inspire me.

photojoy said...

Your illustration is just beautiful. I've been enjoying and impressed with your drawing from the very beginning I ran into you. Now just tell me how did you start with your drawing and when you've realized drawing is one of your important roles in your life. I really love your illustrations.

Lindsey said...

You're right, it's the people who make it feel like home. For me, it must also be a place where I know I can build and carry on traditions.

Quilt Works said...

I love you images - the mood of them! Home to me where I am comfortable, secure and relaxed.

Kris said...

Home is where I can cuddle with my cat Martin. :o)

Elizabeth said...

Home is family. And family aren't necessarily the people who are related to me...they're just the people I love unconditionally.

Gaia said...

home is were I feel alive and free to express my personality. Home is were my beloved are. home is my family. Home is were I belong.
Love

carolyn peeler said...

You have such a beautiful writing style and your illustrations are so cool. Glad to find your blog!

jessica said...

Gorgeous pictures!