In Focus | This Is Home by Natalie Walton
Natalie Walton's new (and very first) book, This Is Home, celebrates what home means to us - the joy we feel when we're surrounded by family and the special objects we love, which are often those fueled with wonderful memories. Natalie, a stylist and writer, travelled across four continents and seven countries with photographer Chris Warnes, and stepped inside more than twenty homes to see," If there is some universality to the idea of home and what makes us happy in our spaces," says Natalie. The result is truly beautiful and insightful - here we share a glimpse into Natalie's new book.
Hi Natalie, when was the idea for your new book This Is Home first realised? It started to take form slowly over a number of years, and many conversations with photographer Chris Warnes when we would visit homes to shoot them for magazines. Some places had such a great feeling - that we didn’t want to leave - and I was interested to learn what made these places not only look but feel good too.
You travelled around the world to shoot some incredible homes for the book - what was one common thread which was visible in the different homes? Each one was authentic. I know that can sometimes be an overused word, but it really does describe the thread of each of these homes. Each homeowner is true to themselves and their spaces.
How does your own home make you feel nurtured and refreshed? It's calm and uncomplicated. It is filled with memories and rituals. Daily tasks that are made special each and every day.
Simple, timeless living is very important to you - can you tell us why? Because it's effortless. It allows space for me to “be”. I don’t have to worry about updating my space, instead it can just evolve slowly and simply according to our needs.
In all the homes featured in This Is Home, which can you most imagine living in yourself? Living in Italy has always been something of a dream, and Katrin’s place was so beautifully formed and considered. But after visiting each of the homes, I think I left a little piece of my heart behind.
+ This Is Home is published by Hardie Grant books and is available in stores nationally.
I usually wake up at: 6.30am when my two youngest children climb into bed with me.
My perfect day would involve: No schedules, obligations or commitments.
I am inspired by: Each and every homeowner in this book.
Best advice I’ve ever received: It was something that I came across while researching the book: “Less but better” by Dieter Rams.
I couldn’t live without: My family, my glasses, books, being connected to nature in some way, and my passport.
My favourite daily ritual: Waking up to look at the view from my bedroom window.
I recently discovered: Audiobooks - well, a short while ago - and I’m addicted.
On my wish-list: Books, countries and a life rich in experience.
I’m currently reading: The White Road by Edmund de Waal.
And listening to: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.
My guilty pleasure: If I told you, it would take the pleasure out of it!
My mantra is: To my children (and the world, in general) - be kind. And in general, enhance the everyday - in every way - from how we think and what we eat to how we nourish and nurture ourselves and our surrounds - in our homes and the broader environment.