The Act of Letting a Person into Your Home, Ed Ruscha, 1983, oil on canvas
This piece reminded me in stirring, glowing waves of oil paint what a gift it is to extend an invitation and be welcomed into a home. We chat virtually, work and dwell remotely and spend most days staring at blinking screens. Simple human connection is somehow, well, less simple. But, in the more analog space of a home over coffee or candlelight, we are afforded the luxury to kick our shoes off, sink into a couch and reveal our true selves.
By exploring updated etiquette, comforting places to wander and be a guest, and thoughtful tokens to make or pick up for those who host us, Good House Guest hopes that we can connect and feel a bit more at home, together.
Playing guest in Kyoto, Japan and Berlin, Germany.
Hi. I’m Laura House, a Brooklyn-based writer of all sorts of things––from magazine stories to oddball commercials. Thanks for checking out my latest project, Good House Guest.
When I moved from Chicago for the possibility of New York, I found the downsized square-footage to be one of the most striking trade-offs. Along with the tighter living quarters, I gained an even greater appreciation for invitations to share in people’s personal spaces.
Being let in on intimate details, like where mismatched mugs perch in cabinets or the book titles stacked on a nightstand, elevates relationships to another level. Knowing these things about friends makes me feel more connected, grounded and at home in this city and life. So, in an effort to be more gracious about the doors opened to me by friends, family, and willing strangers I offer Good House Guest.
Susan Hildebrand. An extremely talented graphic designer who also happens to be in my book club.
Momfilter …the new site Good House Guest is a must to check out! – December 2011
Prudent Baby picks Good House Guest as one of their favorite blogs. – Apartment Therapy, March 2012
Fathom catches up with me about all things travel with their signature questionnaire. – October, 2013