This book was the inspiration behind my choice of carving out some "personal " space.
When the children were at home it was a small corner of my bedroom that had an assortment of chocolate treats, some scented lotions, a candle, a pretty teacup and some richly illustrated books on home decor and a large collection of magazines that calmed me as I leafed through them in a dream like fashion.
(Chocolate and caffeine were never far from my side back then and now I rarely have either)
Dressed in a cozy nightgown sitting in bed with the pillows plumped and the door slightly ajar taking some "Me" time before turning in for the night. Morning came very early in those days and sleep was a luxury to behold.
A room of my own had to wait.
Bittersweet in it's own way...
because when it came into being was when my son left home.
It is his childhood room that I now use for my hobbies and healthy pursuits of Yoga and the occasional session of weight training. It has become a place where I can go and sit and peruse magazines, read books, listen to music and ponder and more recently to paint.
Steiff teddy sitting in the linen slip covered armchair
a cozy nest to curl up in.
I opted for soft neutrals to invite serenity and peace.
I put down an old rug from upstairs to add warmth
the floor is painted concrete and is chilly in the winter.
Here is where I play...
Pepper loves it when I am down stairs
she runs around like a super charged energizer bunny.
She has climbed the easel and tried to bite the paint brush,
"steady on Pepper."
The recent knitting project is going rather slower than I hoped as I need to be "on guard"
for she likes to stalk the yarn and then pounce with all claws bared before the attack.
Picking up slipped stitches are not my forte and so they take forever to fix.
Pepper does have cat naps throughout the day
I think that is her secret...
I should adopt a napping habit
but there is always so much I want to do.
I have used up 2 skeins of the Alpaca yarn so far...
slow and steady.
Image from a birthday card
which my sister bought because it reminds her of Pepper.
a tarnished tray
weathered weary cabinet
and a pair of silver candelabras
all things that I like because of their quirks.
Do you have a place or a space of your own?
I'd be interested to see some images of where you find peace and inspiration.
Is it inside or out of doors?
You might be like my friend LM who meditates deeply
in a quiet place wherever she happens to be...
she always has that zone
so very close
whether she is in Hawaii,
or the UK.
Be true to yourself this weekend
and try and soak in some loveliness
after all it's free.