A First Home

You can look forward to a few guest posts this week while my work week gets hectic. I’m excited to introduce you to Tori! Today she’s sharing about her family’s experience moving out of their first home. Tori is a wife, mother and graphic designer based out of Idaho. She loves collecting wooden plates, watching Nora Ephron films, and spending time with her husband and 11-month old daughter.

As my husband and I prepare to move from the first place we’ve ever known as home together, feelings of excitement and sadness battle for first place in my queue of emotions.
While I recognize that a house is simply made of walls and a roof, I have grown to love our little home and the family that we have become while living here. It was where my husband and I truly became one, where we recently welcomed our first child. It is small and creaky, with battered baseboards and paint chipped walls, but right now, this old house is our home. And it is a place I will always want to remember.
Here are three pieces of art that will help you to remember the first place you called home:
1. Map of the town: During most moves, it’s not just your address that you’ll miss–it’s the local bakery down the street, the park across town, or just a street corner transformed by warm memories. These illustrated maps by Lena Corwin capture the little things that make a place special and will keep fresh in your mind all that you came to love about your old home.
2. Illustrated house portrait: When I look through pictures of the places I lived as a child, it’s rare that I come across an image of the outside of the home in its entirety. But whenever I do, I’m overcome with memories–long talks on the front stoop, sleepovers on the front lawn, learning to drive on that very street… The sweet details and small imperfections of these quirky prints by Rebekka Seale do such a wonderful job of capturing the story of your home created by those sweet moments.
3. Family photo shoot at home: My favorite family photos aren’t the ones where we are all wearing matching denim tops and forced smiles, whilst standing in an abandoned field at sunset. They are the ones taken during my daughter’s bath time, or while we’re unwinding in the living room after work. They are the images that capture our daily routine and the beauty of those small, everyday moments. These images of Naomi and Eleanor Davis from Rockstar Diaries, captured by Carissa Gallo, do just that.
This will be our first big move and I’m thinking of doing one of these (or maybe all three…) in each home we live in. How fun would it be to have a little gallery wall full of pieces like this, or even to just display them all on the mantle? Did you or do you plan to do anything to remember previous homes or towns? I’d love to know!

July 17, 2012