The importance of a Home

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.
Richard Bach

Home + comfort art journal spread

I have longed for a place of my own for a long time now. In June I drew a house in my art journal with me living at the top floor. I wrote:

Home is where my heart is…

And I believe that is true. To me a home is important, very important. You might think that that is true for everyone, but it is not. I know quite a few people that prioritize other things more than a comfortable home, a cozy, safe, beautiful home. All that is important to me though. It is important on many levels. Maybe it’s a nesting thing, but also:

  • I like making life pretty and decorating the rooms where I live
  • I love repainting furniture and to recycle thrifted finds
  • I need a place for my desk, somewhere where I can create my art
  • I love rearranging my books, boxes, things and organizing my stashes
  • I enjoy silence and my own company
  • I feel safe and happy when I have a home to come home to…
  • plus, I’m the kind of girl that like to stay at home
  • many of my favorite activities are best done at home, alone

I think many of you agree on and understand the importance of a home, right? If you’ve ever been without a home of your own you understand this even better!

Home is where my heart is

Last weekend I moved to a new home. This is big for me, a huge change and one that makes me really happy. Right now I am in transition and that part has its ups and downs and challenges, but on the whole I am happy about my new rather small apartment.

A view of ones own

When I did this art journal page I had no idea I was as close to finding a home as I was. And the funny part is, my new apartment is just under the roof, on the top floor! The little drawing feels like a presentiment. Maybe it was serendipitous, but in a very nice way. The apartment has slanted walls and a roof window in the bathroom! Outside the building there are lots of rose bushes in bloom right now…

...and roses growing outside

Coming up this autumn I probably will have a few posts on decorating a home, because that is what’s on my mind right now. Fluffing the pillows, emptying the boxes. Living in my new home. I thought it would never happen, but it did, I just had to wait a long time before it was “time”.

Next: I will be drawing myself bathing in banknotes! ;-)

26 Responses

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on your new home!
    you are for great fun!
    i too for the very first time i have something of mine and i am so thankful and yes it is fun decoarating and making it yours
    Congratulations again and cheers!

  2. Congrats with your new home. I hope it will bring you all the luck you want. It’s always exciting to decorate ones new home. I myself just moved into a new studio and I really love my new space, it works so well for me too.

  3. Congratulations to you! Take days one at a time and before you know it you will be unpacked and “home”. Can’t wait to see your decorating posts..I’d love an iHanna touch in here. xx

  4. Leave it to you Hanna to write about something like moving to a new place – even one of your dreams – ang making it into such a sweet and touching story. I simply love this post.

    I wish you every possible pleasure and happiness in your new apartment at the top!

  5. Hanna, I’m so happy for you!
    Did you bring Smilla with you or did she have to stay with your mom?
    I can’t wait to get glimpses of your new home.

    • Thanks, yes this change feels really exciting. :-)

      My cat Smilla is not moving with me at this point, and that makes me very sad of course. She is so much of an outdoor free cat that a new apartment life would be really horrible for her at this point. Maybe I can try to have her in the apartment later in the autumn, or at winter, I’m not sure how she would react. She is really happy as it is now, she has her tribe almost intact – it’s only me who misses her… But we live in the same town, so I’ll visit her often (and my other family members too, hehe).

      Hugs back!

  6. congratulations on your new home, hope you will feel AT home there! Nothing (to me) is more important than having a place of your own. To me my home (a three bedroom row house that I have all to myself, yay) is like my safe haven. I hope yours will feel that way too.

  7. So happy you found your new Home! Must feel like a new and different life that is starting, isn’t it?
    Love to see what you are doing to this new Home – keep us posted about the things that you do to make it really your Home!

  8. Congratulations on your new home! Hope you have lots of fun as you decorate and make it your own space!!!

  9. Congratulations on your new home! I can’t wait to see your decor posts. I know they are going to be gorgeous. Did you bring Smilla with you?

  10. hooray, hanna, and congratulations!! i’m so excited for you! i have longed for a home of my own for a long time, too; i think that, especially for introverts, to have a place familiar and quiet is very important. i like dreaming of what my someday place-of-my-own will be like – i hope it has an art studio, as well as big windows and a beautiful kitchen, and i look forward decorating it just so.. yum.

    again, big congratulations – and welcome home!

  11. Your new home will no doubt be as colorful and creative as you are! I so enjoy reading your blog and seeing your artwork. I look forward to seeing what you do with the new home! Congrats!

  12. Synd att jag inte kunde hjälpa till att bära UPP kartongerna också!

    Det kommer bli toppen med lägenheten, det vet jag!

  13. Hi Hanna…great news about your new place! I’m a homebody too…it’s an effort to get out sometimes. :) I ask myself: is that normal? I can’t wait to see how you decorate your new home, if you want to share that with us.

  14. Hello Hanna,
    I can relate to the transition period at the moment. Had to move in with the inlaws when we returned from living abroad. I cherish the two rooms we have to ourselves and try to make the place as comfortable and adjusted to my needs as it’s possible while still living out of boxes. I’m used to an independent life and living with people that have there own rituals and ways of doing things, is not easy for me when I’m supposed to “just” fit in. Can’t wait to move on and I think your drawing is a good idea I should try as well to keep me focused on the good to come…my own home. Great post!

    • Kemp, long time no see! Thanks for your comment. :-)
      Transition periods are tiring, and to move in with others is difficult when it is not your own first choice. I’ve done that too, and it is tiring. I hope it works out for you and that you find a place of your own too soon! Take care!

  15. Have fun getting settled into your new place! The last line of your post made me laugh out loud. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to “fortune-journal” like that?! By the way, I love the lettering on your “Home is where my heart is” page…I wonder if you would ever consider doing a tutorial of some sort regarding lettering? Every little tip or trick is welcomed!!

  16. I am a horrible friend. Not knowing you moved. Congrats to you!! How great to have your own place just as you want it. I look fwd to seeing what you’ve done to it!

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