Vines up the windows. As many windows as possible. The smell of freshly baked muffins in the air. Surrounds the place like an aura. A garden, with seasonal flowers and fruits. Chairs out on the porch, for that occasional (or not) dinner outside. A barbeque?
The living room. The life of the house. With a piano and a fireplace. Cushions piled high. Books strewn about, from that evening when everybody was reading to themselves, to each other.
Island kitchen. The family eats food in the kitchen itself, with its vintage windows and cabinets. Space. So much space. A wine rack, a blackboard wall. Shopping lists and to-do lists and reminder lists on the blackboard wall. Berries on the counter. Blueberries, raspberries, berries. Cream in a jug. Cookbooks on a tiny shelf. So many of them.
Window landings. All those window landings, with tiny nooks. Nooks to read, sketch, write, talk, look out the window and dream. Cushions in the nooks, so one can fall asleep accompanied by the sound of the wind and enveloped in the smell of the night’s flowers. In the moonlight.
Stairs, the steps of which need to be repaired often. The collection of videos and records in the shelves under the stairs. A home for the books.
French windows in the bedroom, opening to a tiny balcony with seating just for two. A tray of half eaten cookies on the small table. When the moon comes up, it looks as if the entire room is cloaked in silver silk. A low bed, a comforter. Photos on the wall behind the bed.
A room on the side, with light flooding in from every direction. A clean desk, a laptop, and stacks of papers. Ink pens with so many colours of ink. Turquoise and indigo and wine red. Every single available part of the wall covered with inspiration pictures, post-its from last night’s brainstorming. Words, so many words scrawled over so many papers. A love affair with words.
Colour swatches and material boards. Florals and weaves. Every texture, every colour up on the walls. Places and spaces one can dream all day about. Boards pinned up neatly, with barely one corner visible because first the sketches were pinned around them, then came the designs and then the swatches. The samples and the shade cards. The love, and the pride.
The room for the children? I don’t know much. The walls all chalkboard covered, up to 3 feet from the floor. Every single one of them covered by wandering minds. Stars and skies on the ceiling. A wonderland of bedsheet tents and cushion mountains. Open windows. I know that much.
A home. Conventional in so many ways and unconventional is so many other ways. But regardless, a beautiful home. A place created to make memories in. Created only so one would have somewhere to come back to. Home.
I created this image as a result of a conversation which prompted the same. And it made me long for all the homes i have ever stayed in, and the one home i wish to always stay in. I realised how much of me defines this space. That this image is nothing more than me, pinned down in words. And i had the urge to ask everybody to create an image for themselves and show me. If you did not have to bother about the practicalities of it and did not have to worry about how you would finally create it, what would your home be like? What do your eyes see? Show me every detail, every flaw and every dream. Let me see you, stark naked. See what is inside of you. We might realise how similar we are or how different. We might not realise anything at all. Show me your home.