It’s relatively easy to quickly furnish a home. It’s a matter of just doing it, really.But to grow a home that makes your heart sing and your creative juices flow is a challenge, a labour of love and a life-long love-affair. There are so many aspects to take into consideration, and one is to make sure that your home has spots that nurture your special talents and desires.
I recently realized that I had left out a very important aspect in setting up my new(-ish) home; an inspiring work area! I do have my atelier where I work but being a mother of two also requires some working at home at nights or whenever you have a few minutes. I pulled the plug this summer and I sort of lost the spark. The spark that is essential when you work in a creative field and need to provide for yourself. The spark that gets you going. I lost it or I got swamped. But now I’m slowly finding my way back.
My new workspace will help me – I’m absolutely certain!
Something has been stopping me for a long time. I have been telling myself that it was the big filing cabinet that was sitting here in the corner before; my boyfriend moved it in 5 minutes after I spent 10 minutes emptying it and 15 minutes clearing a space for it in the wardrobe. I’ve been telling myself that I didn’t have a desk to put there; I had some counter top left from the kitchen and some trestles from a work bench in the basement – I even had shelves to hang. So I had a lot of excuses not to make the change that would help spark my creativity. This is not a permanent solution. I need better trestles, light, what have you but that’s beside the point. The point is that this was a problem that was easy to start fixing. And it’ll get better as I continue to add and edit and make this MY inspiring work area.
I’ve added a few of my favourite things, little knick-knacks that inspire me. Art from flickr friends and contacts, a bowl from my grandmother, a porcelain parrot from my other grandmother, who died last week, favourite vintage finds and game pieces and a stack of great inspiring interior books.
I’m trying to make this my new spot to create, contemplate and communicate.
More from me later!