What do you need for a sense of home?

 

21st November 2014

I came across this beautiful quote from the influential Ancient Roman scholar Cicero in a bookshop and it really got me thinking about the meaning of home:

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour of a pretty garden bench with terracotta pots

You may not agree with Cicero – and who has the luxury of a library these days?! – but it’s worth considering what’s most important to you in your home.

A kitchen that truly is the heart of your home with a generous table at which to entertain? A living room with a fireplace as a focal point (rather than the dreaded tv!)? A tranquil bedroom with a reading nook to which to retreat after a busy day?

Even small changes to your home can make big changes in how you live.