Domestic Sensualists

By Alison March 19, 2012 8 Comments 0 Min Read

“Oh, domesticity! The wonder of dinner plates and cream pitchers. You know your friends by their ornaments. You want everything. If Mrs. A has her Mama’s old jelly mold, you want one too and everything that goes with it – the family, the traditions, the years of having jelly molded in it. We domestic sensualists live in a state of longing, no matter how comfortable our places are.”
The Lone Pilgrim. Laurie Colwin.
Ah. That’s what we are: domestic sensualists,  forever longing for history and home. Even when we are creating it, living there, making home, making history.
Yes, even then. 


  1. chrissie says:

    I have the domestic sensualist illness, it is why my home is vintage one year retro the next and country inspired or Manhattan loft appartment in between ! I look I see I want. Help me !

    1. BrocanteHome says:

      Oh Chrissie if only I could… I can barely help myself!
      My recent post Domestic Sensualists

  2. pioneercynthia says:

    Do you think, Alison (and Chrissie) that the illness is terminal, or just chronic? I feel like I'm pining away… for some new curtains. Alas, everything is on hold until we get the new windows… so there's hope, albeit deferred!
    My recent post Spinning plates… or just one full one?

    1. BrocanteHome says:

      I consider myself terminally contented… as though I have learned to this live with this all-encompassing appetite for all things lovely…

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh I LIKE the terminology! I love to make my house all cozy and inviting, no one notices but me but I count, don't I? I change out the kitchen curtains to suit the season/holiday. I change my doo-daddies and wall hangings as well. My Mother used to move furniture about once a month and now I understand why! I hope I'm never cured from such a delightful malady! Amanda

    1. pioneercynthia says:

      Moving the furniture! Ay! I haven't thought of doing that since I was a girl at home. What a GREAT idea! Now…to scout around… some rooms have more options than others…
      My recent post No more excuses!

  4. Tamara says:

    So glad to stumble upon your blog through Pinterest! I have a love for all things vintage, but especially appreciate children's books and illustrations. Oh Joy!!

  5. Katherine says:

    I ♥ Laurie Colwin! Have you read her Home Cooking books? Fantastic!

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