My Home: Sue of A Nomadic Abode

That sound you hear, that sad, bleating cry, would be me, crossing the Atlantic today (and not in the good direction). Oui, mes amies, we are on our way back to the states today and I am most displeased. The trip was AMAZING and I have so many photos to share with you. In the meantime, the delightful Sue from A Nomadic Abode is here to share her London home (the color palate is gorgeous!).

firstly, thank you so much erin for inviting me to hang out with you here for the day! what girl doesn’t like a party invite, right!?!

& being asked to discuss my favourite topic {my home} is just the cherry on top!

there are many words i could use to describe what my home means to me: it’s my sanctuary, my workshop, my decompression chamber from the world outside…

but it’s what my home isn’t that can be summed up so much more succinctly: my home isn’t defined by the bricks & mortar from which it’s built…

for me, home is very much a feeling, not a place…

&, perhaps as a by-product of having moved house so much in my life, i’ve become pretty adept at invoking that feeling wherever i am by simply surrounding myself by the people i love & the things that hold meaning or memories…

here’s a little peak into the london home i share with my boyfriend of nearly ten years…

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in our dining nook sits one of my favourite pieces of art, an etching picked up on a girly weekend in venice: what i remember most about that weekend was my friend & i lugging her baby pram up & down many, many steps as we chaperoned her infant daughter around this city of bridges {there was a lot of laughter that weekend}…

while the white porcelain cockatoo reminds me of those yellow-crested fellas that swoop & squawk around my parents’ house at dusk each & every day, plucking the ripening fruit from their orchard & unleashing mayhem in their wake…

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taking pride of place in our lounge room is a screen-printed bus blind from home: on it are listed some of the suburbs that served as the backdrop to our budding relationship all those years ago…

& vintage photos found at a flea market in cuba, a silver teapot from dubai & an antique key from my boyfriend’s parents’ village in italy bring back memories of our travels together…

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& finally…

flowers are a permanent fixture in our home & never more so than in the bedroom…

i use a lot of floral motifs, alongside the real {& faux} thing, as not only do they add a sense of colour & movement but they also remind me of a childhood spent amongst the blooms {both of my parents were keen gardeners}…

our bedroom is also where i display my jewellery collection {especially the sentimental pieces that have been gifted to me}, some of my favourite books & a selection of much-loved pictures, including a print depicting a simple mantra: LOVE!

everywhere throughout our home there are tell-tale pieces like these that speak of my partner & i, our friends, families & the journeys that have gotten us to where we are today…

& that is precisely what makes this, & every house i live in, feel like my home…

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Isn’t her home beautiful? I love the garland above the tufted bedframe. And all the little bits Sue picked up on her travels…those are wonderful souvenirs! Thank you so much, Sue!

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March 13, 2013 / design / LEAVE A COMMENT / 11

11 comments

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  • What a beautiful home you have Sue! Really like the mixture of the neutral colors with the wood. And what is not to love about all the pieces that remind you of places traveled, people you have met and just having great memories connected with them. Those pieces turn a place into home. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Oh Sue, I have totally fallen in love with your abode! Fancy a house swap? :) Your dining nook is gorgeous – those wishbone chairs and the colours are perfect. And I think if I had a bedroom that lovely, I would probably never leave!

    P.S sorry you are leaving Paris Erin, but I can’t wait to hear ALL about it!

  • Yay! I just knew your home would be gorgeous Sue! I love how important all your bits and pieces are to you. And you’ve totally inspired me to pull up the rug in my living room! Won’t Neel be surprised when he gets home?

  • Oh my that is one beautiful home. I like all the art, especially that big black and white piece in the dining nook

  • How absolutely lovely. I especially like the way you have gone out of your way to make the dining chairs even more comfy with cushions and throws- a great detail.

  • what a beautiful home! i love, well, everything but those vaulted ceilings are extraordinary and your color palette is so relaxed and sophisticated. totally dreamy, thanks for sharing.

    can’t wait to see the pictures twinsy. and don’t worry you’ll be back in paris in no time! xx

  • Hi Sue, Lovely to see a bit more of the things you love to live with. Great also to be reminded of this site. It’s one of those I found a good while back but didn’t note properly which is a shame as it really appeals to me. Triciax

  • thank you all for such lovely comments… & thank you so much erin for the invite: it was my absolute pleasure putting this together for you!
    i hope paris fulfilled all of your dreams & kickstarted a few more at the same time!

  • Sue, her home is gorgeous! Didn’t you just recently move? … And it’s already put together so beautifully. Invoking a feeling into your home rather than a look must be the secret sauce. I never thought of my home in that way, and I like this sentiment very much. I really do love every inch of your home and all the special touches you added; Like the garland above the bed – adds just the right amount of whimsy.
    PS~Welcome home, Erin. You’ve been missed. Hope reentry isn’t too, too hard. xo

  • Wow Sue your flat looks like one from a magazine! Stunning. And what you don’t say is that you’ve only lived there for a few months, I’m seriously impressed.

    Can I come round for tea please when you get back from Oz??

    PS WELCOME BACK ENGAGED ERIN!!!