Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Building a Home

'Home', the word brings back different meaning for different people, doesn't it? For me, home is not a place but a person. A person with whom you build memories, memories that brick by brick build a home - our lives.

And I have made a lot of memories...First with Dad's transfers, and then with hubby shifting 4 houses in our 4 years of marriage, I have called several places my home. Each home we customized to our needs and tastes - a bookshelf, a green space, a comfortable couch, artifacts collected from our travels, a picture collage of our loved ones - our home decor has always been simple yet elegant.

And though we have always stayed in rented properties and as much as I love the practicality of staying in them, I have always dreamed of the perfect home - our home, that we build right from the scratch. As hippie as we might be, we do plan sometime in the future, when our hair turns grey to build on this dream. We talk about it often, how we would love to have a home in the laps of nature, how we will have a creative corner with a wall sized book shelf, how we will have our own vegetable garden...Sigh!

Dreaming costs nothing, right? And so we keep building the dream home in our heads. While I say fireplace, M says home theatre. While he wants a balcony, I want a back porch with a swing, and we fight and laugh and build on our dreams. Someday, we say, and then browse few websites to search for a contemporary decor which will match both our tastes - modern yet minimalist.

Woonkamer bibliotheek : Minimalist living room by Robby Aerts
                                                                      Woonkamer bibliotheek by Robby Aerts

Apto. João : Minimalist living room by RSRG Arquitetos
                                                                          Apto. João by RSRG Arquitetos

It is going to be a year in the current flat we live in. Can't believe it is already a year since we moved to London. M is already looking for a new flat, somewhere that cuts down our traveling time to our respective workplaces. Let's see how that goes. While I love the neighbourhood we currently live in, I don't mind moving if we find a better deal. Living a simple and uncluttered life, I know there won't be much hassles and we always love the adventure that comes with decorating a new home.

Ha! Story of my life - shifting homes and the basking in joys that it brings. How about you, what's your home story?

16 comments:

  1. I'd like a fairytale castle with a turret. And a Prince Charming. Or two :) Good luck with your dreams and goals.

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  2. I dread the thought of changing houses. Shifted 14 houses before marriage and 5 after marriage. As much as I love arranging the house, the thought of packing up and moving kills me.

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  3. I love minimalistic and uncluttered homes..we currently own a flat with EMIs of course but once that is paid we wish to own an independent house where we can have a garden and a library..let's see if that works out some day :)

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  4. I live in California but when I read you live in London I thought about how much I'd like to live there. I try for minimalistic but only in my public spaces. Privately I am a mess!
    Carol
    http://carolcassara.com/on-the-day-i-die/

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  5. I moved 23 homes in 23 years and loved moving! It was a real challenge packing up ( we had no professional packers) and unpacking the stuff to see how different it looks in a different house. I've been in the same house for the past 35 years now and have robe satisfied with just moving the furniture!

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  6. I love those book shelves, Aditi. I've lived in so many rented houses too. Now we've moved out of our own flat in Mumbai to Hyderabad and it's hard to re-adjust to a rented place. You can't make the changes you like.

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  7. Moving homes is a part of the army life....I miss a permanent house. But there is still time, hope to find the perfect place soon. Love the book shelves.

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  8. Moving homes is a part of the army life....I miss a permanent house. But there is still time, hope to find the perfect place soon. Love the book shelves.

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  9. May your dreams come true, Aditi! :) Nothing like living in our own cozy place! We've moved a fair bit over the years and are now settled where we are. We do continue to dream, though!

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  10. Ah the dreams of having our own place. I have had the discussions just the way you and your husband have. .and boy they are fun.
    Let's continue to dream until they become a reality. :)

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  11. I've always sort of been a nomad. So I guess, for me home is really where the heart is. As cliched as it sounds :)

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  12. Papa's job was one where moving was possible so till I was 17, I was in one house. Since then hostels and accommodations with friends. For the last 5 it has been a rented one with VT after marriage. We too dream of our own place - I need a garden and a study. May our dreams come true :)

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  13. I meant moving wasn't possible. These phones I tell you ;)

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  14. We have moved quite a lot too. Though we have settled more or less at our current base. Elegant, modern and minimalist is what would define our home too. Good luck with your new house hunting and then making it a home :)

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  15. I've always believed its not the house that makes a home but the people inside it. "Home is where the heart is". I had m oved to my home hoping to grow old here, but as circumstances have it I will be forced to move in the near future because. Good luck in finding that perfect home. I am hosting a new link party, Sweet Inspiration, and would love to have you join us. It runs Friday till Tuesday.

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  16. We have moved around a bit too, with dad working in a bank :) And now, we (husband and I) live in a rented house and we hope to own one some day and my idea of home is mid-century modern!

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