The Burning House Project


If your house was burning, what would you take with you?

Foster Huntington has collected answers to this telling question from thousands of responders all over the world to get to the heart of what it is that people truly value. The result is The Burning House, featuring the best of Huntington’s popular website, along with a wealth of all-new material. Fascinating and remarkably revealing, The Burning House provides a captivating keyhole into people’s lives, feelings, and innermost thoughts that will especially appeal to the many fans of PostSecretNot Quite What I Was PlanningFound, and Awkward Family Photos. Illustrated with sometimes moving, often unusual photographs of people’s most prized possessions, The Burning House ingeniously celebrates the differences between human beings around the globe—and the surprising similarities that unite us all.

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From above: Name: Federica Scalone
Age: 17
Location: Rome, Italy
Occupation: Student

  • A teddy bear I bought in Scotland
  • All my cds (i don’t care how much time it will take, i’ll bring them all with me)
  • My Van Gogh books
  • My external memory which contains all my life
  • Favorite necklace
  • My wreck this journal
  • Bag
  • Headphones
  • Favorite videogame
  • My camera which couldn’t be in this picture obviously


Name: Kalee Appleton
Age: 30
Location: Denton, TX
Occupation: Graduate Art Student


  • External hard drive
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • iPhone
  • Keys
  • Necklace given to my grandmother by my grandfather on their 2nd anniversary and Stewart, my dog.


Name: Layton Reid
Age: 34
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupation: Photographer

  • Finn


Name:Carlota Sierra Sánchez
Age: 19
Location: Canary Islands living in Madrid, Spain
Occupation: Fashion designer


  • Camera Nikon 3000
  • MC5 vinyl
  • Chanel´s vintage rucksack
  • Mum´s portrait
  • Cutter Choice tobacco
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • Rockabilly shoes from Üterque
  • Sewing machine from Pfaff
  • My firsts Vogue´s
  • Andy Warhol’s biography
  • “Cheating on the metronome”, my protected book
  •  Makeup


Name: Leticia Cuevas
Age: 23
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation: Grad Student

  • Macbook
  • Yashica T4
  • A pair of black jeans
  • Necklace given by my grandmother on my 4th birthday
  • iPhone
  • Passport
  • Leather Jacket
  • Vintage denim jacket
  • Fuji Instax 210
  • Fuji Instax Mini
  • Film
  • Favorite pair of J Crew boots
  • Ipad Mini
  • Sea Mist Hair+Body
  • Tortoise+Blonde reading glasses
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith
  • Photo Album
  • Favorite Wallet
  • Ipod
  • Travel book


Name: Mica
Age: 22
Location: Rosario,Santa Fe,Argentina
Occupation:  Fashion designer,animal lover


  •  90s glasses
  •  Favorite album
  • Uncle’s book
  •  Mix of bracelets
  •  Recycled purse
  •  Rescued shirt
  •  Favorite pants
  •  Customized slippers


Name: Salvador Simo
Age: x
Location: Spain
Occupation: x


  • Canon battery charger
  • Computer charger
  • Card reader
  • Gorilla pod
  • Illustration
  • Pocket wizard tt1&tt5
  • Canon 5 + 50mm
  • Flash Canon
  • Good shoes
  • Ray-ban’s
  • BMX helmet
  • Leatherman
  • Manual, BMX culture book
  • Macintosh
  • BMX bike (not pictured)


Name: Théo Érable
Age: 19
Location: Paris – France
Occupation: Filmmaker in my spare time.

  • Mr. Lapin.


Name: Nacho G Riaza
Age: 25
Location: Buenos Aires
Occupation: Freelance Photographer and Media Responsable at JuicyCanvas
Website: and

  • Macbook Pro
  • Freevibe Helmet
  • Rayban Glasses
  • Samsung Cellphone
  • 2 Pro Image 100 films
  • Passport
  • Carmex Lip Balm
  • Canon Prima Mini II camera
  • Comb
  • Ipod Nano
  • Maca pills
  • American Apparel t-shirt
  • Loreal Men Expert for beard
  • Kiehl’s Moisturizer
  • Nag Champa
  • Gum
  • Comme des Garçons wallet


Name: Nathan Madrid
Age: 34
Location: Denton, TX
Occupation: Graduate Student, Teacher


  • My Shoes
  • Wife’s Shoes
  • Daughter’s Shoes
  • Son’s Shoes
  • Hard drive of archived family images
  • Dogs Collars