May 2016, making a house a home

What makes a house a home? Well, the dictionary definition of a home is: “a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family or household” and “the place in which one’s domestic affections are centred.”

Underneath the pergola at the back of the house
Underneath the pergola at the back of the house

I love the second description! Home to me also means a place that makes you feel safe and secure and one that fills your heart with joy. Surrounding yourself with familiar objects that mean something to you, ones that hold a story, that reflect your personality and taste and life.

Familiar things from London which include pictures, refurbished chairs and an old cupboard we've had for 15 years
Familiar things from London which include pictures, refurbished chairs and an old cupboard we’ve had for 15 years

Over the last month we’ve spent two separate weeks there settling in. After moving day our total focus was on putting together the remaining beds, clothes rails, coat hooks, curtain rails and hanging mirrors and pictures. Our hands ached from the drilling, the opening of endless cardboard and packaging that new furniture arrives in (I don’t want to unpack another cardboard box for a long time!).

Our Salento style kitchen
Our Salento style kitchen

Everyday the house came together that little bit more. Yes, it’s starting to feel like home.

Our kitchen, diner, living room - we're getting there!
Our kitchen, diner, living room – we’re getting there!

We worked hard but life in Salento is tranquilo… Shops close at 1pm and it’s time for lunch. They don’t open again until 5pm so you are “forced” to have a leisurely lunch and maybe a siesta. Life is good!

Our first lunch on the terrace - frisella completa, a typical dish of Salento
Our first lunch on the terrace – frisella completa, a typical dish of Salento