A Renaissance of the Home


Back when I decided to shift the focus of this blog towards all things home-based, I explored renaming it. I went through all those usual clichés, like Home is where the heart is, and so on, but someone had always beaten me to it.

At last I thought I had got a unique one in Renaissance of the home or Home renaissance. In the west the home used to be the hub of a family, the lynchpin of a community. For the most part it no longer is, yet there are a growing number of us common folk who recognise that with that shift much has been lost. So we are aiming for a renaissance – a re-birth – of the home.

Beaten again. This time, by the Home Renaissance Foundation. Their strapline reads: Renewing The Culture of the Home. This world-wide organisation is well-named, and (in addition to hosting global conferences on the importance of the home – I know, who’d have thought?) provides a wealth of useful articles and a well-written blog on the increasingly neglected value of the home.

The blog, BeHomeBlog, is curated by former Reuters editor and Sky news journalist Joanna Roughton in her new role with HRF as media ambassador for the home.  It covers all sorts, from home-making to smartphones, from chores to Child Benefit. (This lady also happens to be the wife of Colin Brazier, author of Sticking Up For Siblings – the fantastic collation of years of research on siblings, which I have dipped into here and here.)

I hope you will enjoy browsing these sites, as I have, and that as you do you will also catch a new vision for your home.


Photo licensed for Public Domain by George Hodan.

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There's no place like home. Home is where the heart is. An Englishman's home is his castle. And so on. Cheesy cliches aside, we are nonetheless aiming for a renaissance of the home.

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