Arts + Crafts

Home Is Where The Heart Is

July 27, 2010

A print I’m liking right now… Which leads me to ask, can you define what home means to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. What makes a house a home? I always find it so fascinating when I hear thoughts from a global audience on this topic because it seems no matter where we live, we all want and desire the same things at home. I guess the answers you leave in this post will prove whether this is true or not! :)

Home Is Where The Heart Is

This print is by Jenny Theisen and available to purchase online for $20. Enjoy!

(image: jenny theisen)


  • Reply ishtar July 27, 2010 at 4:40 am

    This post made me sad…not because I dont like the print or your words, they are lovely as always!,but because my family and i are about to move….from Sapin to England! i´m not sure if this is the right decision. I love the place I live. Why I´m a moving? i´m not sure! this is so silly…because we had planned it? because changes bring good opportunities of growth…wish I knew what to do. I know I wont find it out untile we are there…

  • Reply mnemonique July 27, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Well, I’ve been moving very often – first with by boyfriend, who is now my husband. Now we have our own apartment. But everytime I felt like at home because of him. So I believe that home is where the people you love are. And such simple sayings with such simple paintings are the best!

  • Reply Clare Jordan July 27, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Home is the place that I love coming back to…a place that makes me smile, that I feel part of and that feels like part of me. I think home is where you feel you belong…if only for a chapter or a life time. Surrounding ourselves with things and people we love that creates a home.
    We say in Ireland: Níl Aon Tintéan Mar Do Thintéan Féin… There’s no place like home.

  • Reply Tasha Chawner July 27, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Home to us is a place that we can come back to and feel safe, secure and loved.
    It’s a place where friends are always welcome and are often found having a coffee at the kitchen table.
    It’s kids artwork hanging on the walls and school notes on the fridge.
    It’s laughter and squealing. It’s intimate chats as secrets are shared.
    It’s comfortable.

    I’ve moved house 12 times in the last 20 years. And there will be more moves on the horizon as work dictates – but where ever we go, home will always be. It’s not the building as such, in the end, but the feelings and memories that become a part of your ‘home’.

    A thought provoking post. Thank you so much.

  • Reply luisa July 27, 2010 at 5:49 am

    :-) i answered this question a few weeks ago on my blog describing it with pictures. writing is different. for me my home is my castle. it could be anywhere but it’s the place i look forward coming back after a day in the office or after a vacation. it’s where my things are, where i feel totally unlimited. the place that i can create and decorate. it’s where my books are and where i’m myself. it’s where my love lives with me and where we can relax, talk, remain silent and just be ourselves. yes… my home is where my heart is and i’m grateful that i have a good home that is more than just a roof over our head.

  • Reply Susan Williams July 27, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Very interesting topic…home. Well, physically I have lived in the same house since 1964. My parents built this house and I have lived here except for 1 year away at school and another year when I did have an apartment. This house is familiar and that brings comfort. My husband says he doesn’t know what will happen to me if we ever do move. I do want to downsize and I do want to be rid of the constant barrage of problems an aging house can bring.
    However, home is much more. To me home is about relationships. Being with those you love brings a feeling of completeness. Home is where family and treasured loved ones are….whether it is this house, or my church, or anyplace that I connect with those I love. That is home…yes, it is where the heart is!

  • Reply Chyme July 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Home is a resting place to all of us. We find peace of mind, comfort, and happiness. Everytime we go to other places, we always feel homesick. Nothing can compare to our own home. It is where we belong. It is where we feel comfortable all the time. Nothing feels like home.

  • Reply jan : daisy janie July 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Home is a physical place to me, defined by how I feel when I’m there. I feel whole, strong, loved, surrounded, peaceful, energized, raw, needed, authentic, accepted, centered… Thanks for giving me pause this morning to think about this. I love my home!!!

  • Reply Hayley Blease July 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

    my whole life has changed in the last 6 months, and my home needed to be recreated. There was new furniture purchased, old things moved out and new things in. For me a home is surrounding myself in the things I love, the fresh flowers, the photographs and children’s drawings, my teapots, pieces that contain a memory and are on display, and most importantly the laughter that I hear from my two children. A home is that safe place. A place that you create happiness within.

  • Reply Kate Collins Interiors July 27, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I love this question and all of the comments that you have received. I believe I’ll post the same question (giving you credit) on my blog in the next few days.

    Home truly is where the heart is. Meaning wherever my heart and soul takes me, I create a home. I grew up in the same house that my mother grew up in. She has now lived in that house longer then her parents lived.

    Since leaving my parent’s home for college eleven years ago, I have moved 18 times. I’m currently living in a hotel for a couple months for work purposes. It’s funny but just two weeks into my hotel stay, I found myself calling it “home.” Even though people check in and out of here constantly, it feels homey to me because I have my husband here and together we’ll create a home anywhere.

  • Reply Abby July 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I posted about this recently as part of sfgirlbybay’s Pin it Forward:

    I’ve lived in so many houses over the years, particularly during university, some have felt like home, others not so much. I always take a little while to settle into a new home. I know some people fall in love with homes immediately, but I like to nest a bit first, move things around, make it my own. I’ve found that it’s the happy memories that you create that make a house a home. It’s a tad cliche, though I certainly appreciate the sentiment! Maybe home really is where the heart is.

  • Reply Stephanie Ryan July 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

    It all comes down to comfort, safety and love.

  • Reply cris camarena July 27, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I used to think it would be great to live in places like London, Rome, Barcelona or Stockholm (my favourite cities) but now I am not wishing that anymore. Home can be anywhere as long as you feel at peace with yourself and you are with your loved ones and have a comfortable, nice and cozy house. it is not a matter of “get the home you love” but “love the home you can get”

  • Reply Maria G July 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

    home is where your peace of mind is.

  • Reply Christine July 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

    To me a home is a place where i can always come back to and it welcomes me back with open arms, a place where i feel safe, where i can enjoy myself, where i can be myself, and where i feel loved. And i’ve been very lucky to call Aruba and NYC my home.

  • Reply LadyGrey July 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

    oh this is positively gorgeous! I love it!

  • Reply caro July 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Holly, do you know the Song “Home is where your heart is” from “The Sounds”? It’s in my head, since I’ve read your post …

  • Reply Christina Hargrove July 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I moved a lot when I was growing up, so I always knew that all you need to have a home is your loved-ones around you and a safe corner of the world to keep your favorite things.

    The last time I moved, though (this time with my husband and a one-year-old), the house had just been re-done, with a new kitchen, bath and interior paint. We were too busy with work and a young family to change much, and for a while it felt oddly like living in a hotel — so new and clean!

    Now the house bears the scars of two growing boys and there are memories in every corner. I will find it very hard to leave one day.

  • Reply julieann July 27, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Great question! I have come to realize the SIZE of a house does not make a home but the people in it do. The big lazy family dinners, the photos that remind us of good times and sentimental pieces like a warm hand made afghan make a home. The love, laughter and memories are HOME to me!

  • Reply Anna July 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Home is where you can walk without bumping when the lights are out…

  • Reply Courtney von T July 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Home is you. I think the difference between living in a house and having a home comes down to whether the house shows off your inner world and mind. A place your creativity can bloom and someplace that is effortlessly yours.
    If you don’t have the paint you want on the walls, worry about your pets/kids destroying the furniture, or have decorated to fulfill how you “think” your place “should” look it will inevitably feel like just a house.
    I have moved 14 times in 7 years and a few times I got lost in trying to recreate someone else decor or how I thought “adults” should decorate…
    Now I embrace my miriad of collections whether they be Buffy action figurines or priceless quilts…lol.
    Having a real home is really about being at home with yourself….

  • Reply All things nice... July 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Great minds think alike, I just wrote about home last month as myself and my boyfriend are building our own home together, I have some lovely quotes about what home is. Have a look

    Hope you enjoy.

    All things nice…

  • Reply Nicole July 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    This is such a wonderful question Holly! To me, home is where your people are. It’s where your tribe is. Who are the people that support you and love you unconditionally? That is my home. If I can live somewhere where I am safe and surrounded by or live close by my family then that is home. I feel like I’ve lived away from them for so long that now living close to them, even though it’s not the city or town I grew-up in, feels like home.

  • Reply Tay July 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Home for me takes on a very different meaning… where I’m from/grew up, where my family is, that is technically “my home” and where I tell people that I’m from when they ask the question every military wife is asked: “so where are you really from?” We move every 3-4yrs, houses changes- they are apartments, duplexes, or town homes. Faces changes, friends rotate, favorite restaurants change when they no longer exist in your new city, your GPS becomes your best friend for the first few months…for me having my husband with me is what truly makes it home and when he has to be away serving our country the empty space in my heart is waiting to be re-united, completing our “home.”

  • Reply paulette July 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Our homes are a reflection of who we are.
    They are one huge canvas that each of us chooses how to decorate.
    They are our personal space in this huge universe.
    They evolve and change just as we do.
    We fill them with people and things we treasure and love.
    Their walls hold our treasured memories, and so much that we hold dear.
    They become our safe havens, our respite from the rest of the world
    And that is what I believe makes a house a home.
    Trust me, walls do talk !
    A home tells a lot about the person living there.

  • Reply Nichole July 27, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Well, my family moves around a lot because my husband is in the military, and I have found within the last couple of weeks that home is indeed where my loved ones are. But I also enjoy my possessions, especially my kitchen items! We are moving into our new house on base in Alaska on Monday, but our household goods won’t arrive for a couple weeks after…so for me, I won’t feel at home until I’m able to cook a proper meal in my new kitchen. No matter where we end up, I can summon up a bit of home just by cooking a familiar dish we all love, and that means a lot.

  • Reply Stacy (Little Blue Hen) July 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    “Home” is a feeling. My husband and I moved across the US last year and it’s been an interesting transition. Each time we go back to the Midwest (where we grew up, and where our parents and many of our friends still live), we check in with how we feel upon our return to where we live. You have to have something to come home *to* I think. Now that we have friends and activities here it feels much more like home.

  • Reply imogen July 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Great question. I agree with pretty much everyone else’s sentiments but Clare Jordan’s comment resounds strongly with me…

    “home is where you feel you belong”

    …like others, I move frequently (often due to work) but it doesn’t bother me too much.
    Home is a place where I hang my clothes, where I cook my food, where I spend time with loved ones.
    Home is where I unwind, where I reflect on my past, and plan my future.

    I have just bought my first home (renting still) and plan to move into it in 6 months. I am excited to be able to ‘dress’ the interior of my new home, the future looks good.

  • Reply Torrie @ a place to share... July 28, 2010 at 9:36 am


    Our safe spot.
    Our center.
    Our pride.
    Our shelter.
    Our gathering place.
    Our canvas. our bulletin board, our journal.
    Our heart.

  • Reply bussbuss July 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Quite a big question to contemplate since we have been “home-free” for an entire year now traveling the globe. We opted to rent homes/apartments rather than staying at hotels along the way and I learned it doesn’t have to be your home to feel like home. Home is where the heart is, so as long as I had my hubby my by side I was a happy camper. It’s a place to recharge, a sanctuary.

    That said, we are leaving tomorrow to head up to San Francisco (where everything we own has been in storage for a year) and are bringing it all down to our new place in LA, where we will be for at least one whole year. I’m thrilled. Because I think the best version of home feels like a hug, where you feel safe — safe to create and to feel inspired and like the best version of yourself. I can’t wait!

    • Reply decor8 July 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Kelly (bussbuss) CONGRATS on your move and your new place, wow, this is great news!!!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    This is absolutely lovely!

  • Reply Brittany November 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Home is where the heart is
    Heart is where the home is
    Which comes first the heart or the home
    I dont think of a home as a place and I dont think of heart as being comfortable in a home
    i learned this from talking to my brother and to a good friend of mine. something that to this day is still discussed and still confuses me but pushes me
    Home is the heart
    The heart is happiness
    But not happpiness as in love or being in a comfortable setting or doing something you enjoy
    its the soul meaning of life and living
    Anyone can say that they are happy in the home they have built and the family they created but if one is merely existing than there is no home there is no heart and there is no true happiness
    The soul meaning is finding the deepest meaning to everything around u
    my home and my heart are big open fields
    where? anywhere and nowhere, when I close my eyes, when I pass them by when im running through them on the back of a horse, just the words. I love a man with every ounce of my being he is my best friend and my fiance, he can be considered my heart but not my soul he makes me smile but he doesn’t bring the soul meaning of happiness. He may leave and I may have nothing, but I will have everything because no one or anything can take away my home. A home is created within by no one and nothing. It is only made a home or considered a home because you yourself have given into the soul meaning of your home and your heart.
    is a confusing concept to understand, one I do not fully understand myself, due to the fact that I am still learning (soul meaning to life)

  • Reply Brittany November 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Oh and one more thing.. try to understand home and heart without anything materialistic including a house and without anyone in your life.. Thats how I was taught

  • Reply Anna November 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I love love the way you described this. So true.

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