Today is the eleventh day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.
Today Kat gives us the following:
What is the perfect space for you?
Today, we’re going to take a step back and look at the space around us.
This could be our homes, work spaces, studios… wherever our true work gets done and the magic happens.
Now this is the fun part. What would your perfect space look like?
You can be as specific as you like. Think about size and dimensions and locations. Talk about furnishings, if that’s what rocks your boat. Consult a Feng Shui expert, if you think it’ll help.
What is non-negotiable? For example, if I work in a space that doesn’t have natural light and a window that opens I tend to go a bit stir crazy. I’m also a lot happier in a space that doesn’t have other people in it, if I am going to be honest. Headphones will only take me so far.
How does the idea of this perfect space make you feel when you imagine yourself in it? What does this space enable you to do?
How can you start creating a place like this in the spaces you already have at your disposal?
Interestingly enough, I’m already pretty happy with the space in which I get to create. I have an office with my desk right under the window, looking out on to the porch. There are flowers blooming there pretty much year-round because the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a very temperate climate, although this last winter, we actually had snow (& ice!) on the Coast, which froze almost all of my precious porch plants. The early predictions are for a colder than normal winter again this year…with more snow and ice, which means we are going to have to develop a plan to make sure that a massive plant kill doesn’t happen this year because it about broke my heart last year.
My desk isn’t exactly the way I like it. It’s more cluttered than it needs to be. I’m on the hunt for a horizontal file cabinet to go under the other window that I can work some magic on and turn into the funky beauty that matches the call of my heart so things can come off my desk (like the basket that is over-flowing with files, a stop-gap measure that I put in place just to create some organization. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good pile just as much as the next outwardly disorganized person, but there will always come a point (usually about every 3-4 weeks) when I simply cannot take it anymore and everything has to go back into its spot or be thrown away in a fit of I-just-can’t-take-this-anymore! The desk itself also needs to be painted. It’s a gorgeous antique thing that was gifted to me by my fabulous mother-in-law, and I love it. But it needs to be a bit more my style. To go along with that, I need a new office chair. Mine isn’t terribly comfortable, but it has worked for the last several years.
There’s the most comfortable over-sized chair ever in the corner, just waiting for if I want to read or write or whatever. Lots of light, lots of photos, lots of books, lots of all the things I love all around.
I don’t really spend much time there though, and I’m not sure why. I really much more prefer the front porch. It’s multi-leveled and the two main parts are covered in muscadine vines, with bushes grown up in front so it really is quite secluded and private. My private jungle is all around me, and it is about the loveliest place ever. One of my projects for this fall when the muscadines die back is to actually tie them back so I can get Sweet Husband to put his engineering skills to work to create a system for hanging drop cloth curtains. He’s thinking about some galvanized pipe & drape clips. He’s smarter than I am about those things; I am not a spatial reasoner – when the tents for our wedding were going up, he tried walking me through where they were going to assure me it would work but I couldn’t see it until they were actually up. My job will be dying & painting the drop cloths. They’ll provide even more privacy & seclusion for when the foliage dies back.
We have the daybed on one level of the porch and on the other, there are four Adirondack chairs – two of them are huge and custom made, wedding gifts from SH’s parents and the other two are rockers, wedding gifts from a friend. I need to get busy on making more cushions and pillows to make them more comfortable. There’s a table SH has made in the center of the chairs, and some day soon, he’s going to make a table out of the huge cable spool we have sitting around for that purpose. It’ll go in front of the daybed. He thinks he may need to build two more Adirondack chairs as well.
Did I mention that we live 6 blocks from the beach? We live 6 blocks from the beach. And that the front of our house is covered in tree bark?
I’m not sure what I’ll do when we leave this little house because in spite of the tiny closets and the death-trap electrical system as well as the potential foundation issues and maybe even plumbing issues on top of being on the edge of a bad neighborhood and being in a neighborhood that might be decaying, I love the porch. And the hard wood floors. And the arch. It is a wonderful place to create.
For the time being, it’s mine on the weekends 😉