113 weeks | Home {and what it means to me}

Home.

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.

Home is wherever we are, together.

home is wherever we are together

The last sentence 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.

I’ve designed the above image as a free printable, so you can print it out and pop it in a frame if you like it. Click on the link below to download the high res PDF.

WaterColour_Home_Print

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! :)

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Big eyes & a happy heart. Festival goer, gin lover. Lives in a haphazard state of chaotic bliss with a lovely husband, twin toddler boys, three cats & four chickens.

50 thoughts on “113 weeks | Home {and what it means to me}

    1. Thanks so much Karen. Yes — I think that’s the ultimate answer isn’t it? Home is wherever your family are. When all’s said and done, material possessions are just that. Home is a feeling more than a place.

    1. Thanks so much lovely! I could have written LOADS of things! I had to cut it down! The things I wrote are definitely the ones that spring to the forefront of my mind, that’s for sure x

    1. Thanks so much Jess — what a lovely comment! And yes — bring the family — we can all live in a commune :) My best has always wanted to do that!! LOL! Buy a massive mansion and all live together!!! Ha!

  1. Your home sound so lovely and cosy – I love that you have a tin roof!!

    Please can I come stay?!

    The print is ace, thanks so much for sharing Caro! :) xx

    1. HA, yes! We really DO!! It was put over the thatch in the war to stop the bombs setting the roof on fire.

      And yes — DO come and stay!! We love a houseful of people and always have an open house policy! You’re welcome any time! :) x

  2. I love the print, Caro! I’m almost in two minds about home being where you are with your family. We lived in Switzerland for seven years and while it was lovely and my husband and two boys were there, it never, ever, ever felt like home. I think sometimes your heart is intricately linked with a place as well as people, and that place for me is the countryside where I grew up. Now that we’re back, it feels like everything is in place and I’m finally ‘home’.

    1. Yes, I can see that if you were in a totally different landscape it still may feel a bit ‘off’. That said, I’m such a homemaker, as long as I was with my three boys I could be on the moon and make a nice little home for us ;)

  3. You are right. Once you have your family around you, it doesn’t matter where you are. That said, I love my family home where I grew up and I love my own home one too. Both are quirky and cosy but completely different.
    In Ireland we have a saying “Nil aon tintean mar do thinean fein” which means there is no fireside like your own fireside. I llove that one. It is our way of saying there is no place like home.
    #HomeEtc.

  4. Aw this is a beautiful post and certainly got me thinking about what ‘Home’ means to me and my family. I love our home which we have been in for 14 years. Its filled with wonderful memories and happiness, and maybe an odd argument. Its our place where we can be safe, be happy and be content. x

  5. Aw can I move in?!! You make it sound so cosy, I know what you mean though I feel the same about my home. My favourite time is getting home on a Friday night, putting my pjs on and looking forward to a weekend with my favourite people :) Stevie x #HomeEtc

  6. Lovely post. I am definitely a homey person but loved to escape it as you appreciate it more then too! The printable is pretty and a little reminder too! #homeEtc

  7. Open house policy I see mentioned up there…totes coming to stay! I have this very vivid image in my head of your house. I have no doubt that it is absolutely blinking beautiful! As you know, I only moved into mine a year ago and it needs a lot of stuff doing to it to make it feel like home. That said, there is still something so wonderful about putting my key in the door and opening into our lovely long hallway and then hearing the other half do the same (if he hasn’t beaten me home!). #HomeEtc

    1. Yay! The door is always open sweet-pea — you’d be more than welcome to come and stay! ;) We still need to do a lot here too… kitchen… our ensuite bathroom… the roof… the windows… the list is endless! x

  8. Lovely post and good use of the word bimbling! I love buying stuff for the home and moving it all around and filling it with flowers. But if my four boys weren’t there to rampage through it and mess it all up, it would feel pretty hollow. x

  9. This is lovely, my home is my safe place, my families safe place. There’s always something to do or improve, the list is never ending, but it’s our home and I love it! X

  10. Oh Caro your home sounds beautiful, I love an AGA! Thanks for the printable PDF, I’m definitely framing this and putting it in our kitchen. All the beast with your new linky, such a great idea. #HomeEtc

  11. Fab post and so lovely of you to include a print that we can download. I completely agree with your quote and can’t think of anything that says it better. Thanks for hosting this fab linky – I love it! xx

  12. What a lovely, lovely post and a beautiful graphic – so sweet of you to make it downloadable for us all! I agree with you that home does have a special place in everyone’s hearts – wherever it may be #HomeEtc

  13. Such a beautiful post, you are right home should be such a happy place, I think its easy to forget about the little things that we love about home when life gets busy and stressful.
    I love that print, and it would probably work really well in our hall way, I might have to print it out :)
    x

  14. I love that and will totally be printing it out to hang in my home, thank you for providing to us for free! I am feeling so homesick lately (I’m living abroad and being an expat can be SO HARD) and I need the reminder from time to time that home is where I am now with my two boys.

    1. Aah DO!! It’s lovely to think of it hanging up in people’s homes! :) Yes — I can imagine that it’s hard… that said, it would be harder if you weren’t with your lovely boys x

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