Our Favourite Creative Homebodies: Gourmet Girlfriend

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Each week we’re tracking our favourite creative homebodies. This week we pop into Ruth Bruten’s house.  Ruth is known to many as Gourmet Girlfriend via her delicious blog of the very same name. Ruth cooks fabulous dishes with her five rad boys in their Melbourne kitchen.  She’s married to a lovely fella and they share their home with two dogs (as well as the five kidlets!) Here’s Ruth’s take on being a homebody. Here’s what Ruth wrote:

Are you a homebody? Do you love to start the day lazily, floating out of bed in a slow haze?  With no rush to get out into the big wide world? Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the big wide world and all it has to offer, but for me Home is where my Heart is.  If there is a Homebodies club I am totes the CEO.

Granted, I love going on adventures but I always am thinking about going home.  I love to have my crew around me & I love it even more when others join us here at our place.  Nothing makes me happier than pottering around my home cooking and making it feel like a place to relax & share with others.

I like my house to be a reflection of me, of the person I am, a reflection of what is important to me & my family.  I like it to be colourful, welcoming and inviting.  I like it to show you little bits of me, both in looks and sounds.  There are pictures on the walls, colourful floors, red gates & doors, objects collected and displayed, music playing.

When I was younger I thought a lot about how my ‘grown up’ house would be.  I remember as a child going to other people’s houses and noticing how different they were to our family home.  How each family home had a distinct smell, a distinct feel.  I remember noticing how empty some homes felt and how when I grew up I wanted my house to feel full.  I noticed that the homes that felt welcoming were the homes that felt as if people wanted to share some of themselves with you.  That bits of them were on the walls, in the colour of their furniture, in the way the furniture was arranged.

My childhood family home had a very large kitchen, a farmhouse style kitchen.  It had a large table and enough space to include lots of people.  It was where most of my childhood memories were made. There and at the dining table- the very same one that now lives in my house and that I share with my friends & family.

In that space there were thousands of bowls of coffees shared, lots of bad jokes made and laughed at, lots of cooking done, lots of music listened and danced to, tears cried, talking talked, hugs hugged.

It was the soul of the house.  A great place to be.  I remember wanting to have one of those spaces of my very own when I grew up.  A place where my friends could come and share all those same things with me.  A few years ago I finally did grow up & we were lucky enough to buy our very first home.  And I finally did get to create that very dream.  A large space with my family table at the hearth.  And now I never want to go out.

I love home.  Do you?

Do you want to join the Homebodies club? Or are you a big wide world adventurer?

Would you like to share the bits of YOUR home that you love the most? Tweet or Instagram a photo with the #homebodies hashtag to share or join in.  We’ve got lots of wonderful bloggers posting their thoughts on home and #homebodies over the coming weeks.


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  • Reannon Hope

    Ah Ruth I love how full your home is! It looks super cosy & a place that is full of love & laughs- thanks for sharing xx

    • http://twitter.com/ruthbruten GourmetGirlfriend

      FULL is a good description Reannon! Nice to have you over! x

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellie.blight Kellie Blight

    Funny… this is so me!! I have a home full of me stuff and love… i find it welcoming and homely… my minimalist MIL on the other hand announced recently “gosh its going to be a lot of work for you to move”

    • http://twitter.com/ruthbruten GourmetGirlfriend

      it’s true that moving a house full of stuff is hard work but it has never stopped me!
      I’m glad you find it welcoming and homely too!

  • http://www.kootoyoo.com/ kootoyoo

    I can vouch for the warmth of your home Ruth & I love the story of the kitchen table. xx

    • http://twitter.com/ruthbruten GourmetGirlfriend

      Thanks K. That table has shared a LOT of history. It makes it a special place to be.

  • http://twitter.com/lemonrhodes jody

    Thank you for sharing your home with us Ruth! I love the Ponyo pictures on the wardrobe! xx

    • http://twitter.com/ruthbruten GourmetGirlfriend

      Thanks Jody. The Ponyo and Totoro murals were done by me from a request by my oldest child- he loves them. We are a Miyazaki loving family for sure.

  • joma

    It is indeed wonderful for me -the previous owner of the grand old table – to see it now flourishing and offering nurturing in my dear Ruth’s home. It’s definitely seeing new heights of gourmet delights but best of all, as Ruth says, it is at the centre of a truly loving and hospitable home where friends and family feel cherished and enjoyed.