A Space of My Own

A Space of My Own

About a year ago I realized something was missing in my life. I needed a creative space of my own. More than just an office to work in, I needed a place that creatively re-energized me!

I needed a place where I could get away from the noise and activity of the home to be surrounded by things that inspired me. A room in which I could think, create and just BE. And a room where my girls and I could shut the door, hang out together, laugh really loud, listen to girlie music, light good smelling candles, and dream a little bit bigger. A room where we could eat ice cream behind closed doors, and not have to share it with the boys of the house.

I dreamed of a real getaway for girls in our home. We love our kitchen, of course, but we needed an escape.

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So last year I transformed my tiny boring office from what was actually more like a storage room to a happy colorful space for creative dreaming. It’s my office, but it’s so much more than that to me.

I love it.

It’s nothing fancy. It’s not huge (in fact, it’s tiny!). It’s not perfect.

But it’s all mine (and my girls’, too!).

And, I have a bit of happy news! Did you notice I finally got my yellow chair?

I knew it was out there somewhere, calling my name.

Yes, yes I did. I found it at World Market and it insisted on coming home with me.

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I am still smitten with my ‘cute as a button chairs’ nestled in the corners of the room, ready for late night conversations and curling up with a stack of magazines.

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I adore my beloved Anthro curtains, framing the large window where I look outside to dream every day.

I love the lively mix of colors that bring this space to life!

In this room, I am surrounded by things I love. Things that inspire me to do what I do and even challenge me to embrace new adventures! As you can tell, color and pattern and happy memories rejuvenate me.

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I smile at the special reminders of things I love scattered throughout the room, each holding a memory or a laugh. You can find this whale platter in my Amazon shop!

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I especially love seeing the chandelier in my office and now my yellow chair just down the hall from my kitchen every day. That view is a reminder of my little escape from the world.

I’m a big believer in having your own special place.  A place to dream and get away from it all. We all deserve that, whether it is a corner of a room or a an entire office or creative space!

Do you have a special space of your own?

A Space of My Own



  1. I have been ogling those curtains, and a similar runner, from Anthropologie! They are gorgeous!

  2. Alison@soiledrotten says

    You go girl! Now I imagine a place just to eat Skinny Cow alone! : )

  3. My space is my front porch. Not a lot of creating goes On there but certainly a place to decompress and relax.

  4. This post could have been written by me, or for me. I have a similar dream involving Firstborn’s room. It’s a guest room now, but it will be empty after the summer, when The Girl returns to college. I plan on making it a space I can escape to, work from, dream in. Can’t wait.

  5. Your space is very pretty, Melissa. I love the colours (especially the wall) and the button chairs and new yellow chair are perfect for your space. I also have a ‘wocave’, our very small 4th upstairs bedroom. I am in the process of moving things around and adding some more colour but I do love it.

  6. I love the whale plate! I have a little corner, but I need to do something inspiring like this to it :)

  7. I’m so jealous; I’m in the complete opposite situation. I currently have all the space I need since I live by myself in a 1-bedroom apt. I am, however, moving in with my fiance into another small apartment! I hope I’ll be able to create a small little nook just for me like this! I really like the look of the yellow chair, but I’ve always wondered, how comfortable are these chairs after awhile?

  8. I am loving that hallway light this morning, Melissa …


  9. Love the chair! The perfect color to bring a bright punch to your space. Is it more comfy than the antique one?
    Me? Yes I am blessed to have my own space….it’s way tinier than yours. But….I rarely use it. It’s too dark because the window faces North and there’s a exterior wall adjacent to the side that blocks half the view. Our great room has big windows and lots of light…so I usually bring projects out there or to the sunroom. Windows make all the difference. I thought maybe the whale pillow would make an appearance. :) I noticed the cool plate.

  10. What a great space! I can’t wait to someday turn our itsy bitsy nursery into my office/crafting space! I love that yellow chair you have and the buttons on the grey chair are great!

  11. I love the multi-colored buttons on the upholstered chairs.
    And i absolutely LOVE that wood floor. The different colored pieces makes them unique and very different than the “normal same color all over” type of wood floor! I have parquet flooring and don’t like it. I would like to do something with them but what? Someday, I will figure it out.

  12. I must have that plate. I am turning my house into my own beach retreat since my husband hates the real beach. I painted patina blue and peaceful and recovered sofa cushions in ocean prints. I hung plates over the sofa some white, some nautical. That whale would go swimmingly with the rest. (Pun intended!) Do please tell!

  13. Lily is gorgeous. Wherever did you find that cutie pie?

  14. Melissa, Lily is adorable!!!!!

    I admit I have always had a “place of my own” to relax, sew, think, craft. I bemoaned the fact I had only one child.. but with only one, I had an extra room for the things/activities I love. As I watched your office makeover and the final project, it reminds me that I have let go and “let slide” that favorite place in my home. I am a very organized lady and my craft/sew area must be neat or I “can’t think”…but lately that area(s) are somewhat messy. This limits the time I spend creating. One of the things I enjoy is the inspirational sayings I have posted on the upper cabinet doors as they are very encouraging. I put them on small cards and change or add as my thoughts/needs change.

    I enjoy your posts.

  15. I haven’t figured out where my space is going to be yet, but you can be sure I’ll be carving out a little WoCave for myself in our new house.

  16. We’re looking at building a new house and I’d have an office/room very similar to this size off the kitchen. This makes me want it even more. I love the chandelier, the map, the colors, the light. It’s perfect.

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