A bit of a different focus in this column today. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been in the midst of yet another exciting project, somewhat related to my writing: Creating my dream home office.
It all started thanks to the Corona Virus. Like many people who suddenly found themselves working from home, Dan and I admittedly sometimes struggle to share space. Not that it’s a huge deal, but it gets a little tricky when I’m set up in the dining room, and he comes in for lunch and starts talking to me while I’m trying to study. Plus, even the sight of my textbook on the kitchen table puts me in a foul mood once I’m done for the day.
So, it forced us to stop procrastinating and we finally got around to clearing out ‘the little bedroom’ (translate: the place where we shove all our junk) and turned it into my personal home office.
Like I’m sure most couples do, we negotiate the ‘look’ for the rest of the house. And while I love how well we’ve melded our lives and how we’ve managed to find a style that fits us both, I’ll admit it is really great to be able to give this space a more feminine feel. And, Dan has his own office space downstairs which is uniquely him, so it feels good to have been able to decorate this spot in a way that is uniquely me. Although, let it be noted the Myrna Loy poster was actually Dan’s—he loves old Hollywood-style photography—but I adopted her. Myrna and I are already great friends.
I have coined the room, ‘My Writing Sanctuary’, and it is certainly a beautiful, light and airy place where I am able to indulge my muse, enhance my focus, and get things done. The only issue is actually getting me to leave it!
Do you have a room or space you devote to your work or writing? What do you do to make it cozy? Let me know in the comments.