A Place To Call Home

by Brenna Holeman


Winnipeg, Canada


Halifax, Canada


Toronto, Canada


Edinburgh, Scotland


Osaka, Japan

Today, the rain poured down so heavily I could barely see outside the windows. There wasn’t much more to do other than lie in bed and read. My favourite days are very often rainy Sundays, doing nothing. It got me thinking of all the places I’ve lived, all the windows I’ve looked out, all the times I’ve called a place home.
The last shot is of my current apartment in Osaka, the one I won’t be able to call home in a few months. I took that photo two weeks after I moved in, and it looks different now; the carpet and pillows have changed, there is a record player, masks from Japan, Borneo and Sri Lanka have been added, the stack of books handed down from one ex-pat to another has grown exponentially. It is, almost more so than any place I’ve lived in the past eight years, a place I really love, and a place I’ll sorely miss.

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Naomi July 14, 2010 - 1:30 am

WOW, you have such amazing design sense!! I basically want to curl up inside each and every one of these photographs. What fantastic homes 🙂

Brenna July 14, 2010 - 7:56 am

Oh, thank you! Although the first one is all my mother’s design…that’s the kitchen in the house I grew up in.

Katie @ Domestiphobia.net January 11, 2012 - 10:24 pm

I love them all! Especially all of the books. Did you give them away or send them home when you moved? My husband’s in the military, and the hardest thing to move is always the books. And yet… they’re also the hardest thing to not move. 🙂

This Battered Suitcase January 12, 2012 - 4:04 am

I have kept almost all of my books over the years – only if I had doubles or perhaps didn’t care about the book for some reason have I left it behind. I did indeed ship them from place to place, for example, from Halifax to Winnipeg; when I moved to Japan I didn’t take any books with me, which meant I didn’t have to ship too many back.


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