What is the Home Within You?

What is the Home Within You?

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 13, 2010

My childhood home wasn't exactly my style. Though it was a great place to grow up, aesthetically it just didn't match my idea of what a house should look like. And though I love my apartment right now, a new book has us wondering if I'm living in the home that is "within me."

"I think of the house as cure, always—a safe place to mend from the demands of an insisting world."

We had the chance to preview a great new book, The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine (with Susan Sully). In it, McAlpine mentions that his childhood home wasn't quite in line with the home he dreamed of, either. Now an architect, he has the pleasure of creating homes that are romantic, magical and basically like that home he dreamed about as a kid (though, of course, how the client dreams about it, as well). Full of charming details, personality and sophisticated interiors, it has us trying to remember what kind of home we dreamed about as a child (we think it probably closely resembled an English cottage with ivy growing on its exterior stone walls and fresh homemade bread baking in the stove).

"Where is the place that mirrors our hearts? Where are we when we feel held and protected and whispered to? Where does the content of our intimate exchanges ring most true?"

As you read about collections, antiques and other personal items that we gather and cultivate to use to express our personalities in our homes this month on Apartment Therapy, think about that space you dreamt about as a child. Is your current home your safe haven from the demands of the world? If so, why? And if not, how do you plan to get it there?

If you're in Austin, you can check out a book signing of The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine Tuesday, September 14th, 5:30pm at Nest Modern.

(Photos: Tria Giovan courtesy of Southern Accents and Eric Piasecki courtesy of House Beautiful)

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