Now, I'm going to get all Mary-Katherine Gallagher for a second, and use a movie quote to begin to tell you what home is in my world. This quote is from Garden State (2004).
"You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn't really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone." -Andrew
"I still feel at home in my house." -Sam
"You'll see one day when you move out it just sort of happens one day and it's gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It's like you feel homesick for a place that doesn't even exist. Maybe it's like this rite of passage, you know. You won't ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it's like a cycle or something. I don't know, but I miss the idea of it, you know. Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place." -Andrew
It seems kind of depressing, but I think it's a part of growing up to create your own version of home that's different than your childhood home, but still with some of the same comfort elements that remind you of your parents' place.
As a 22-year-old fresh out of art school, scrambling to make enough freelance income to pay my credit card bills while trying to keep my artist soul intact, I'm feel like I'm in the middle of this transition period Andrew Largeman talks about in Garden State. I don't feel depressed about it though. I love my childhood home and I absolutely wouldn't change a thing. I look forward to all the changes that will take place in my life over the next several years and I can't wait to build my own home wherever that might be.
So my pinboard represents transition - keeping some elements of childhood comfort, with a bit of independence shining through. My "home" at the moment is a completely clean slate where anything is possible. And I believe with all my heart that home is really a state of mind, and that the people and values you surround yourself with are far more important than walls, decorations and furniture.
My childhood was full of bright colors, fun toys, and lots and lots of books. Everything was cute and flashy and fun.
Right now my home is a mix of things. My space is pretty much overrun with half-finished craft projects, and lots of inspirational images on my walls. I also spent the last 4 years traveling back and forth between my parents' home and my apartment in Chicago. However, home is (and really has always been) Detroit, so that photo is very important to me.
I'm not sure what my future home will be, but I know I want to keep a lot of the same aspects of my home now and my childhood home. I love bright colors and quirky designs. I do, however, want more "grown up" elements like a backyard patio and an island in the kitchen.
A few notes about Pin It Forward: I've found Pinterest to be an insanely useful tool, not only for this project but for use in the future as well. It's a super easy and organized system to keep track of fun internet finds. I'm so happy I got to be a part of this group. Now I pass the torch onto Miss Passionista, who will share her very own thoughts on home.