How Artists Create a Sense of Home

Some keep company, others prefer solace. But what is a restorative space for some, seems like trappings for others.

For those with any fascination in where some of the most influential creative spirits play house, these photos are sure to spark interest. A short peek into the lives of artists at home:

Truman Capote and his kitsch collection
“Home is where you feel at home. I’m still looking.”

Donna Tartt with Pug, Pongo
“My dog has a number of acquaintances of his own species — as do I — but it is abundantly clear to both of us that there is little company in all the world which we enjoy so much as each other’s.”

Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in Paris
 “America is my country, and Paris is my home town.”

Ernest Hemingway with his cat
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”

John Steinbeck at home in Salinas, CA
“I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now–only that place where the books are kept.”

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico
“I can’t live where I want to, I can’t go where I want to go, I can’t do what I want to, I can’t even say what I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.”

Anais Nin sitting down for tea
“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. “

Sontag cozy at her desk (yes, that’s a bear suit)
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

21 thoughts on “How Artists Create a Sense of Home

  1. Amazing pictures and what a great topic! I live in Texas, but I lived in New York for a time, and felt like it was more my home then where I was born. Had to move back when the economy fell, but I still hold that dream that I’ll return to my beautiful city of inspiration one day.

  2. Reblogged this on EngagingtheSenses and commented:
    I really enjoyed this post from Thoughts on Theatre and thought you might too. I’m a real homebody, and a cancerian. So creating a comfortable, beautiful, home environment is essential to me and one of the ways I nourish my senses and soul on a daily basis…. Since I don’t have a garden right now, I buy flowers every week or two(even if it’s just a bunch of carnations) and arrange them in everything from old jam jars to vase, and when their petals fall off I often gather them into tiny bowls or put them on my altar, along with other ephemera I’ve found, maybe a shell, or a seed pod, or a dried leaf of a particularly lovely shape, I recently found one shaped like a pear which I post a photo of tomorrow…. Books are another essential ‘furnishing’ and there never seem to be enough selves. I work best in a clutter free or least clutter contained environment? What about you? What things do have in your home that nourish your senses and create beauty? I love to read about or see them? So feel free to write me.

    With warmest Aloha,


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