Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Home is where the heart is....

Oprah did a special yesterday on homes. Many people have really pretty homes with gorgeous curtains and thick carpeting and large gold frames but sometimes there is not much reflecting the personality of those who inhabit them. Oprah's friend Nate said a home must reflect the soul of its inhabitants and you can have a personalized house on every price point. So I started thinking of my own home. The heart of my home is my family room and kitchen... I remember how bare and empty the house looked when we first laid eyes on it, and how it bloomed to life over time and in part thanks to thoughtful gifts from friends and family. All ye bearing thoughtful gifts know this: They mean a lot to us because they come from the heart and add a new dimension of warmth to our home. Thank you! (some thoughtful gifts arent displayed because they aren't used in the family room) Alhamdullilah its great to have you all in our lives (even though roughly 98% of you don't read this blog- oh vell) What makes your house a home?

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22 comments:

mystic-soul said...

Mashallah...very well done...and what a soothing slide show !!!..

As per one urdu poet..Iftikhar arif

Mere khuda mujhe itna to mautabir ker de
Main jis makan main rehta hun, us ko ghar ker de

(My lord - atleast dignify me to the worth
The house I live, make it home )

wayfarer said...

That's a nice space. I really like the living room. :-)

Mohammad A. AbulHasnaat said...

mashallah...

Tee said...

When can I move in? :D Your house is beautiful. I LOVE your kitchen.

Everything is really beautiful. We have similar decorating taste. Do you like Pier 1? I love Pier 1 but can't often afford anything there. LOL.

The Oprah shows about decorating always make me sad. (As do shows like MTV Cribs, etc.) I start to feel materialistic and then I want to reject those feelings and something in me whispers, "Sell it all and move to a third world country. Live with nothing and you'll be happy." ... Craziness. LOL. How can somebody have such an all or nothing attitude?

Sobia gave us a virtual tour of her home on her blog recently, too and I was just in awe about how beautiful it all was. Did you see hers?

I will maybe do this "meme". I'll come by and let you know when/if it's up :)

Aisha said...

Mystic thanks :) What makes your house a home though?

Wayfarer, thanks :) its the family room. our living room is empty. We call it our masallah, lol

M.A.H: Thanks :)

Tee, thanks! Tee honestly Oprah and Cribs all that really depress me too. Constant in your face about what you do not have. Even though what you have is just fine. In Paratay the island town off the coast of Rio the people lived for hundreds of years joyfully but the advent of television to their island now makes them dissatisfied with their quality of life and they see themselves as poor. The young when older leave the island in droves. Its really sad how materialasm can really take such a hold on a society. Our society (US) is soaked in it. My emphasis did not mean to be material things but more that what seems like material is more because its gifts and mementos from friends and loved ones and each other. Oprah's show was actually emphasizing that you can have a personalized home without spending a bunch. You could have your kids splatter with black paint on a white paper and then frame it in a thick black shadow frame from Walmart and hang them and they will probably look like abstract art you paid $200 for! Heck you are a great artist yourself and can fill your home with soul quite easily with your gift!

Tee said...

Aisha - I totally agree. It's really the little sentimental items that make it "home". That's why I wonder if some of these people are really happy to pay a designer and spend millions for a "perfect home" but one that doesn't necessarily have their own personal touch.

Paratay is a perfect example of what happens to people. That is why I try to avoid magazines and shows about redecorating - so I won't know what I'm "missing". Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

brownmystique said...

Wow! You have a really nice house. It's so well done with all the lil things in your life that matter the most...its awesome!

However, you think if you or any person in general, didn't furnish their house with big and lil things, it wouldn't turn it into a home. Could you not live in a hut, with absolutely nothing but a hatched roof and brick walls and still feel very much at home?

Aisha said...

Brown Mystique, the title of my post is "Home is where the heart is" If you live in a hut it can be home too. I never said that you *need* things to make a home did I?

Baraka said...

Salaam,

What a lovely slideshow!

For me, honestly, the only thing that makes a house a home is Basil. Wherever he is, that's my home. :)

Warmly,
B

Aisha said...

Thanks Baraka, yes I agree. My intention aws not that things make a home. I just meant that its not a home until your heart is there. That's all. :)

momyblogR said...

Very, very nice! A home is anywhere you are surrounded by the people and things you love.

I LOVE that picture of you and Hubby cheek to cheek...it's just so great!

Oh, wait till there are little ones running around and you are kicking or stepping on toys in the middle of the night, lol!! Ah, home sweet HOME!! :):)

Amani said...

Your post made me so nostalgic. I know it's about all the things that makes a house a home, but it just made me remember all of the little things I lost in Hurricane Katrina. The house I live in know is still not really a "home". Things have been so hectic this past year. This post makes me want to start collectin new things, but it also makes me sad for mementos wedding gifts etc that I lost...

Amani said...

Oh, BTW, you have a gorgeous home, mashallah...so peaceful...

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr so that means when we have kids it will get MORE homey :) lol I can't wait for the tripping and the clutter :)

Amani I can relate to you because I have been there. I was in Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and SO many things I treasured were forever lost. In particular I mourn the loss of five wedding pictures of my parents that were so water damaged the colors melted into each other. There were maybe a total of seven pictures from my parents wedding and so the five I lost were sorely missed. Truly Amani it sort of hurt when someone above commented that one with a hut home could still have a home without things. I know that. I remember after the Hurricane walking out and seeing that everything was gone. Note: Thing. But I learned that if I have my family and loves ones then I will always have a home. I learned the true value and how things can leave you in a single gulp. I should ust be grateful that God spared my family though He took my things... Anyways over time we collected a whole bunch of new thins and we have tons of mementos and personalized touches to the home (my parents) but I agree ther eare certain thins that are irreplaceable... their losss will always be slightly felt. *hug*

I wrote about that experience here if you ever feel like it:

http://aishaiqbal.blogspot.com/2005/09/heavy-hearts.html

pixie said...

You have a beautiful home.

mystic-soul said...

Good Q: "What makes your house a home though"?

As you said, "Home is where the heart is". The place where I want to come back after a long journey. 4 walls which feel protective like mothers lap !! and "a bed" which can rock me like a baby !!

Sonia said...

Wow. How nice. I love your home. It's beautiful :-) And very artistic.

mAn[S]o0r said...

i live in a military-provided housing... so there's always this uncertainity about when we will move..

so no fancy decorations or anything for us :(

however, since mom, dad and my brother also live there... its still HOME! :D

Tee said...

Ok Aisha. My slideshow is up!

Aisha said...

Pixie thanks. Just my family/kitchen area though!

Mystic amen when you are at peace that is your home

Sonia oh thanks :) but its just the family/kitchen area.

Mansoor, amen! home is where the heart is. So it doesnt matter what hings you have as long as the people are there. How long do you get to stay at a particular location?

Tee, Ill be right there :) lol

roora said...

mashaaAllah i realized lately from the slides shows that you post that you know hw to feel by every little thing and enjoy it ..especially the ones in brazil and the very little things you show in your home

and what a beautiful and cauzy home :)mashaaAllah

Sobia said...

That was sooo much fun, Aisha! I love this website!

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