Wow! Here we all are in a rather surreal situation.
Where are you?
Are you where you expected to be? I know I’m not.
At this time of the year I would normally be back in Lesvos, My Greek Island Home, watching blossom decorate the branches of fruit trees and spring flowers carpet the fields.
But I’m not, I’m on the other side of the world in Sydney, while my partner, Matthew is at our home in Greece.
Life can change in an instant and it has!

This is my small terrace in Lesvos with rescue dog, Trixie. From here I have views across the village rooftops and out to the Aegean Sea. Photo by Carla Coulson

The question is, where is home?
I often think about this and even more so over the last few weeks.
For me home is somewhere I feel safe and secure, a place where I can relax, create and be myself.
Is home just one place?
For me the answer is no. I love creating spaces that nurture me, these spaces are in different places and all these places feel like HOME. I am very happy going from one to the other enjoying their individuality, taking joy from each of them.
Everyone, however, is different, thankfully, and for some people that would not feel like HOME at all.
It is really important to make yourself feel nurtured, particularly while everything is so unsettling.
Take a look at your home does it nurture you? Are you surrounded by what you love?
Is it a place where you can create and does it make you feel safe?
Your home is you so treat yourself well, wherever you find yourself look for peace within, enjoy some solitude, connect with friends, take things slowly and keep a sense of humour.
Here are some photos of where I normally am at this time of year ENJOY X


A little peak into our sitting room. Matthew found this old door at the tip and we couldn’t resist white washing it and bringing it inside. To us its a piece of art. Photo Claire Lloyd

Laying the table is always a pleasure. There are beautiful flowers in our garden and I pick these regularly. There is always the village garden too. When what I’m looking for isn’t at hand in our little garden there is something to be picked from around the village. Photo Claire Lloyd


I just love looking out from our table, across the village. You can certainly get a great view of the comings and goings in the village. Paintings are a big part of our home. This beauty is by Matthew Usmar Lauder Photo Claire Lloyd


We decided to use turquoise on the shutters and doors when we renovated the house. This was one of colour that the origional owners used in their home. It is a lovely reminder of the original home. It is also a colour that pings in the Greek sunshine. Making it a happy colour. Photo Claire Lloyd