For going on three years now, I have been writing from the comfort of my bedroom. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, it’s not the ideal situation for me.
With notepads, lap top, iPad, pens, and a calendar strewn across the bed and a tangled mess of cords lying about on the floor, my bedroom is not the peaceful sanctuary I would like it to be. It’s a cluttered mess and a tripping hazard.
While staring at the ceiling one sleepless night, my mind wandering every which way, I had an idea.
You see our office, which would be more aptly named “the junk room”, is my least favorite room in the house. It’s where misfit furniture, home decor pieces, unread books, exercise equipment and even an unused bed go to collect dust.
My late night idea was to convert the “office/junk room” into a space for writing, thereby making my bedroom the peaceful and relaxing place it’s meant to be.
Saturday morning, I woke up early and got right to work. I wish I’d taken a photo before I started tearing it apart but I didn’t remember until things had already begun being dismantled.Trust me when I tell you that the office didn’t look much better than this. Dreadful.
That bed! It was my biggest pet peeve. It was odd to sit at that desk with a giant mattress staring down at you.
The bed was the first thing to go. The two chairs against the wall were put back where they belong, around our dining table. Boxes were moved to the garage or tossed, books were culled, the exercise ball was placed in the closet along with my weights, a roller and mats.
The initial idea was to make it a space for both Tori, my stepdaughter, and me to use. But she had a better idea. She moved the corner computer desk to her room so now she has her own study space. And we put my great-grandmother’s bureau, a piece I can’t bring myself to part with, in her closet, giving her much more drawer space.Suddenly it became MY room!
Once everything I wanted out was out, it was time to bring things in. Instead of shopping for new stuff, I shopped my house! I didn’t buy a single thing to create my room.
I took the two extra chairs from our formal dining room and placed them next to my desk, then added a French-themed, silk hand-embroidered pillow I had been storing in the linen closet to one…
|Notice the Yorkie in Paris painting above the chair?
It was a gift from the Suburban Princess. I adore it!
and a leopard throw, also from the linen closet, to the other.
A friend gave me this beautiful mirrored sconce several years ago and I could never find the right place for it…until now. I was keeping it in a cabinet in the spare room all this time.
Tori took our rather utilitarian looking pen holder and personalized it for me by tying the ribbons I ordered from Royal Ribbons
This funky lamp has been in my family since I was a kid. I moved it from our living room. The black shade is a little harsh for this room, but I’m okay with it for now.
It’s important that I always have water nearby or I’m certain to forget to drink it throughout the day. The “A” cup was last year’s hand-painted Mother’s Day gift from Tori. It says, in tiny writing around the rim, “Happy Mother’s Day, Smomma! Je t’aime”. So sweet.
I framed a photo that my husband took of the French Pavilion after our 2008 trip to Versailles and hung it in our hallway. Now it sits on my desk.
Never would I have guessed how important this image would be to me.
Several years ago, I was completely smitten by all things Paris. I started collecting, among other French things, Paris landmark figurines and decorated our bedroom with them.When my collection started getting a little out of control and my obsession with Paris settled down, I decided to pack them up and store them away until I could decide their fate.
Now they pepper my new room. I didn’t realize how much I missed them!
An Arc du Triomphe box sits on my desk.
One group of Eiffel Towers found a home in the bookcase, next to a very old piano chair that I also plucked from the living room.
|If I buy anything, it will be a mirror for this wall. And perhaps an area rug.
Another Eiffel Tower group sits in and on a glass keepsake table that used to be in our bedroom.
This is the current state of my work area. Let’s see if I can keep it this neat.
Now I have a room of my own, filled with things I love.
And I have room for visitors if you’d like to come by for a cup of tea or glass of champagne.
My special room would not be complete without my favorite co-workers around to keep me company. Daisy and Coco wanted to stay put in the bedroom but I lured them into the new room with heating pads. Hopefully, once it warms up they will still want to come hang out with me.
Thankfully, I had lots of furniture and accessories from which to choose from. Had I not, I would have shopped my local thrift stores to decorate and furnish my room. A project like this does not have to cost a lot if you shop your house and don’t mind secondhand things.I am so very fortunate to have this space in our home to use. I wish I had thought of doing this years ago!
If you write a blog, where do you do your writing?
If you don’t, do you have a home office?
Or a space to be creative, read, exercise, meditate or just a room that you can call your own?
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