Growing up, The Wizard of Oz was my favourite film. There was just something about those ruby slippers that I loved. Sometimes, I wish I had my own pair so that I could simply snap together my heels, say ‘there’s no place like home’ and be magically flown to the comfort of my cosy, safe haven.
I love being at home. I used to get terribly homesick on school trips; my first weeks at university were spent pining for mum’s cooking and my idea of a perfect evening is cosying up on the sofa with a glass of red, Toby by my side watching a film and marvelling at just how bloomin lovely our house is. Sad? Nah. I’m just a home-bird. Here’s some sure fire signs that you too love nothing more than being at home…
THAT WELCOME HOME FUZZY FEELING
There’s nothing better, especially after a long day in the office, than walking through your own front door. We bought our house almost a year ago now but I still smile every time I turn the corner on my road and pull onto my driveway. That feeling is made even better if you’ve remembered to leave your heating on timer that morning and you’ve got a casserole in the slow cooker. Dreamy.
TK MAXX AND CARGO ARE YOUR FRIENDS
I’m totally gutted that all Cargo shops in the UK are shutting down because quite frankly, I’d basically moved in since owning my own home. If, like me, your perfect Saturday morning is spent perusing the aisles of TK Maxx for that ‘oh so perfect’ chopping board or bath mat, you’re officially a home-bird.
I’ve earned myself a reputation of being a candle-hoarder recently but my obsession only started when I became a home owner. Seriously, I don’t think a girl can have too many candles. My boyfriend disagrees. Last Christmas, I was given 8 candles. I may need candle therapy.
YOU’D RATHER SAVE FOR A KITCHEN THAN A HOLIDAY
At the beginning of this year, Toby and I had a discussion about whether we’d rather save our pennies towards a splash-out two week holiday extravaganza or a new kitchen. The new kitchen is winning. I’m now addicted to Pinterest boards full of tiles and butler sinks.
Holding dinner parties is the best
Call me showy, but I love having people over for dinner. It’s not only a chance to show-off my home and how lovely we’ve made it but it means I can wear slippers to dinner. Win win. Gone are the wild Saturday nights out with buckets of Rosé and 2am KFC visits.
bad days are made better by the thought of home
Perhaps the most obvious sign that you’re a homebird is the fact that it’s your safe and happy place and one that you can escape to on a bad day. If work has been particularly stressful or if I’m feeling a little blue, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than at home.