10.20.2009

A Place of Her Own~

Do you have a place you can call your own? I don't mean your house...or even your bedroom. I mean YOUR place. The spot where you can go to escape the world. Where you can create. Where you can daydream. Where you can stash your creative supplies...your books...your magazines. Whatever it is that feeds your muse. (Or just helps you relax.) Do you have that spot?

This chair is the closest thing I have to a space for me...in my whole house. Sad, but true. (Good reading light, though, and very comfy so I can't complain about that!)
But this girl has dreams. I have dreams of an office/studio all my own. Where I can close the doors and be alone with the part of me who designs and creates and dreams.


Someday I'm going to have that space. But for now, with 4 kiddos and three bedrooms, that space IS just a dream.



I've been thinking of creating a studio of sorts out of an old armoire. Painting it a happy color...a robin's egg blue or a crisp, clean white. Outfitting it with cubbies and storage and desk space. I think that an old armoire might be just the solution I'm searching for in my not quite palatial surroundings.
And so, my dear readers, do you have a space all your own? Do you have any ideas for creating a space all your own where no space exists? Tell me what you think...
Have a great Tuesday~

21 comments:

Carmen said...

No, I do not have a space of my own with 3 kids and 3 bedrooms. Our house is kind of small but it's home. I have been thinking the same thing...that I need an armoire as well for storage.

Kasey said...

my place is my studio in the garage...totally...completely mine...
now i just need a bit of heat out there.
xo

C-re said...

Nope. I wish I did too. I did finally set up a sewing machine table instead of dragging it out of the closet each time. Much nicer. And I made a slipcover for the machine to keep grubby kid fingers off it. :o)

Jen Kershner said...

How 'bout in the closet? http://thecottagenest.blogspot.com/2009/09/in-closet.html

I hope you carve out a space some where. I think the armoire is an excellent idea. Jen

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love your little space! That roll pillow is to DIE for!!!! I just love the little rose thingies...awww so sweet! I think if I had a chair this comfy....my kids would wear dirty laundry...smiles~

Jen and Matt said...

Since the only "kid" we have is our 8 month old puppy, I have a room that is all mine. Complete with mini fridge (which holds my husband's beer) and easy access to the laundry room. While I have a GREAT space to work in...my husband some how convinced me to bring some of my crafty stuff out to the living room and well it has kind of taken over the table....

jmberrygirl said...

No kids. I've got a room that's all for me and husband has one all for him. This will change, of course when we add to our family in a few years. Then I'll be the only one with a room! ;)

It is necessary to have some space for oneself. In the apartment before this house, I used the kitchen table as a desk and a sewing table, and I read in my bed with a lamp. I think an armoir is a great idea! Would love to see how you work that out!

Mandi said...

Such a great idea-- I'm considering one in the basement-- but out basement is sort of like a dungeon and not my fave place to hang out in, lol.

Mandi said...

okay that was supposed to be "our". Typing with a baby in my hands, tee hee.

Zuzu said...

"And so, my dear readers, do you have a space all your own? Do you have any ideas for creating a space all your own where no space exists? Tell me what you think..."

Yes, I do! Hubby and I share a home that is 375 square feet big. :) My armoire houses art papers, ribbons, vintage millinery - the bulky things - and a small red toolbox holds my art supplies. I sit at the dining room table, off in the corner, where I draw and paint and play with all kinds of art.

When I'm creating, the only thing I see is what is in front of me and the rest of the house (the rest of the world) disappears for that time.

This is probably NOT the answer you were looking for, but I do find that creativity can happen anywhere if you really want it to.

Your chair looks very comfy, and the pillows on it are gorgeous!

Enjoy your day,
Zuzu

jules said...

Fortunately, when we bought our place four years ago there was a one bedroom guest house on the property. Now, we are in the midst of fixing it up to be a creative cottage. The bedroom is going to be an office for my husband and the rest of the house is going to be my studio. I can't wait. Hopefully, it will help me be a bit more organized. jules

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

We live in our semi-newly redone basement. We included a secret doorway that is unfinished on the other side. But someday that other side of the hidden doorway will be my ultimate escape!

Thanks for sharing! (Love your blog!)

http://my-creative-attempts.blogspot.com/2009/10/hidden-doorwaysbuilt-in-bookcases.html

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

The crafty armore sounds like the perfect solution. Lots of stuff to hold and easier to put things away. Maybe you can situate it near that great comfy chair.
We generally have basements here in Canada, so although I have a whole basement level that could be used, we decided to put my craft room/studio on the second floor. It is in an unused fourth bedroom. I bought some used cupboards off of Craigslist and it is a work in progress, for about the third time:) Hopefully I will be finished with it soon.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Oops, armoire.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Okay - I will admit this is probably one of the ONLY benefits of being a single mom. My bedroom and bathroom are my own (I know...every married woman is cursing at me right now). I do enjoy being able to read in my bed without hearing "Can you PLEASE turn off the light now?" But then again...I don't have anyone to smooch...or help change a light fixture :).

Janean said...

I do, but somehow I still end up wanting to be near family...go figure? I heart the chair!

Wendy said...

Nope, no space for me. I can dream though, right?

Sherri S said...

When my son moved out on his own. We move my teen daughter to his larger room. She had a tiny 'shot gun' room; which is now my Inspiration Studio! I love it! However, some how over the summer it got 'junked up' and now I'm in reorganizing it mode. LOL

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Hi, just stopping by and had to comment on your post. I am working on a 'me' space. It is not my craft room, but a room to feel all warm and cozy in. I just started on it by knocking out a wall between my large kitchen and a small bedroom we never use. The former bedroom is now called 'Creative Cafe' and has a small window view of a lake. It's all about me! :)
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I am working on a space of my own. It will also serve as a gust bedroom but that only happens a few times a year so it is mine all mine!

I am thinking shabby chic, naturally.

I adore the button wreath.

:)

Sue @ Laundry for Six said...

I am SO behind on blog reading, but check out this armoire transformation. It totally inspired me to do my own. (Although I had to use mine for more closet space because that's what I needed more.) I'm thinking of making my own little space in the basement laundry room. I'm always in there anyway!
http://myhydrangeahome.blogspot.com/2009/02/furniture-makeover.html