Courtesy of Santa Rosa

As I nest deeply this winter, I’ve been thinking: What makes a house a home?

We know a home when we’re in one. It feels lived-in and personalized. The decor may not be what we would choose for ourselves, but there’s something indefinably idiosyncratic about the place. No identifiable designer’s footprint. And it’s much more than just a shelter or place of residence.

What makes your home “home” to you?

8 Responses to "What Makes a House a Home?"

  1. Jamie

    January 29, 2008

    As someone who has moved a fair amount of times, I often find the feeling of home is in my stuff. So, when my kettle is on the stove and my desk has uniball black pens in it, it feels like home.

    And even more than that, for me, memories make a place a home.

  2. sunny

    January 29, 2008

    Yes, absolutely. Have you ever had the experience of visiting a place you’ve never been before that’s inexplicably felt like home?

  3. Swirly

    January 29, 2008

    I LOVE snails…and I love this photo! Home is wherever I am…that is what I have learned after a gazillion moves. 🙂

  4. sunny

    January 29, 2008

    That, undoubtedly, is the best way to live. 🙂

  5. Tina Clark

    January 29, 2008

    Home is where Katie, Izzie and Scott are. I feel at home when I see them smile and feel their embrace. And so I’m able to carry my home with me, whether on my hip or in my heart. 🙂

  6. sunny

    January 29, 2008

    Aw….so true. They’re very lucky. 🙂

  7. kelly

    January 30, 2008

    sunny…i just found you though sparkeltopia. i was the interview right before you! i love what you said about what is a home. that is how i came up with my home series. i can’t wait to delve into your website and
    read your books. christine has been such a lite in my life. and sedona
    sounds so inviting…

    i don’t ever want to grow up either

    peace…kelly

  8. sunny

    January 30, 2008

    Hi Kelly! Any friend of Christine is a friend of mine. Thanks for writing. 🙂

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