What Is Home?

House and home.

A house is a container. It offers shelter, protection, monetary value. A private refuge in a very public world.

A home is the place to be ourselves, seek comfort, rejuvenate. Symbolic of the womb, the home is all that is personal to us; our thoughts, memories, possessions, our most personal interactions–and our dreams.

DOMO Means Home

A house is not a home.”

Meghan Daum put it well:

“A house is not the same as a home. Home is an idea, a social construct, a story we tell ourselves about who we are and who and what we want closest in our midst. There is no place like home because home is not actually a place. A house on the other hand (or an apartment, a trailer, a cabin, a castle, a loft, a yurt) is a physical entity. It may be the flesh and bones of a home, but it can’t capture the soul of that home. The soul is made of cooking smells and scuffmarks on the stairs and pencil lines on a wall recording the heights of growing children. The soul evolves over time. The old saying might go, “You buy a house but you make a home,” but, really, you grow a home. You let it unfold on its own terms. You wait for it. Home is rarely in the mix the day we move into a new house. Sometimes it’s not even there the day we move out. It’s possible we should consider ourselves lucky if we get one real home in a lifetime, the same way we’re supposedly lucky if we get one great love.”

The famous poem penned by Lorraine M Halli still rings true:

What is a house?

It’s brick and stone

and wood that’s hard.

Some window glass

and perhaps a yard.

It’s eaves and chimneys

and tile floors

and stucco and roof

and lots of doors.

What is a home?

It’s loving and family

and doing for others.

It’s brothers and sisters

and fathers and mothers.

It’s unselfish acts

and kindly sharing

and showing your loved ones

you’re always caring.

Your Home.

We’d love to help you find your corner of the world.

“For our house is the corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word. If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty.”

Gaston Bachelard

The Poetics of Space

DOMO Means Home
DOMO Means Home