Ever inspired by the great castles, châteaux and estates of Europe, I love that these places all have names which add to their character and history. The first autumn in our home, I was washing dishes at the kitchen window and the most beautiful red fox dashed across our backyard. We live close to a wooded area, but even still, it is a rare and a fortunate occurrence to see this creature. Foxes are clever and playful and have appeared in folklore across cultures. Since that sighting, the fox became our unofficial mascot and an obvious element to tie into the naming of our house. And since I am so heavily inspired by French style and the chateaux which dot the French countryside, our little chateau became ‘Château du Renard.’
Even if you don’t live in a grand manor, why not give your house or apartment a pedigree? It feels regal and I have found that in naming our home, it has taken on an identity of its own, which has helped to inform the design process. You can have fun with your house name by having the name or its symbol embroidered on guest towels or pillowcases, having notepads made for your to-do lists or for guest stationery, or by having a plaque made for near your front door. In the digital world, you can create a location on social media for your friends to check in, and of course, you should have a hashtag, too. Our house also has an Instagram account where I’m documenting its decor and renovating journey.
To come up with a unique name for your home, think about what makes your particular home unique and ask yourself some questions. To start, is there any historical significance to your property or the surrounding area? Are there any particular geographical features that stand out such as bodies of water or parks? Is there a unique design element to your home like a fence or stone work? Or is there any special flora or fauna like a distinctive oak tree or resident wild animals? Then pair any one or more of these unique elements with one of the traditional suffixes such as House, Chateau, Villa, Manor, Cottage, Bungalow, Lodge, Arms, Barn, Castle, etc. You can also use this house name generator where you answer a few questions and it spits out several ideas you can use to workshop your name.