Monday, December 14, 2009

A Winter Project: A Room of One's Own


"Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size."
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

I am in the process of creating a place to dream.
Before_____________ During:

I wrote part of my first novel on this glass table back in 1988, while my 3 year old son built Leggo cities around my feet. "Don't move, Mom!" he'd say.

Dr. Gollum bought the bench this year for Mother's Day.



This room has a deep farm sink--perfect for watering plants or washing Yorkies. In my mind's eye, I see plates hanging on this wall.

I found the draperies in a Country Curtains catalog. The rods are from Lowe's, and the bay window connector came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The accessories are gifts from family and friends--mostly frogs. I absolutely must have at least one frog in every room. It's a family law.

The flowers, as always, are fabulously faux. The gardening books are there for perusing and to remind me that winter is like everything else: temporary.

Although the days are short and daylight is precious, this looks like a good spot to play, tinker, and dream.

I'm also thinking this would be a great place to make tablescapes--tea for one. I'll make it two if you'll meet me there. We'll brainstorm for decorating ideas.

32 comments:

  1. what a fun room and love the story of the table~

    i cannot even imagine owning drapes, with all my cats shutters is all i will ever own...

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  2. Beautiful and so are the memories you shared. My son is almost three so I can so relate!

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  3. I think we all need that space. Yours looks very warm and welcoming.

    Sue

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  4. Beautiful room Miss G and a very sentimental table!
    Take a little vacation if you have the time and visit my blog post about the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego! Its a 12 part series with lots of winter on the beach photos!
    Love ~Rainey~

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  5. This is a beautiful room! I love the drapes, and the bench is lovely. But the table - sigh - what a precious memory. Kathy

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  6. Love the curtains, may have to check them out. In my very first house that was a salt-box style colonial that we built ourselves I had little ruffled muslin curtains from Country Curtains on all the windows. They took a lot of ironing and spray starch to make them crisp and fluffy but we love them.
    Your room is lovely and I can visualize you sitting there writing with your little boy at your feet, so adorable.

    XOXO

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  7. Love your space...so warm and inviting.

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  8. A place of your own indeed! A very lovely one at that. The panels are the perfect touch. The table base is just delicious! The story even better.

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  9. It looks like such an inviting room to spend time, meditate, write or read.
    Love the bench!

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  10. What a sweet little spot, just for you. I love the story of you writing your first book on the table while your son played at your feet.

    Set the table for two. I'll come for tea!

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  11. Absolutely, we'll meet you there! This is a very charming space with good light and so pretty. I can definitely see tea for two there!

    I am in love with those drapes. They are very happy things, and they are perfect for your garden room. So neat! And Dr. G's gift (the bench) is perfect in there, too. Love your giant Chinese fish bowl as a base to that table, and I thought the hydrangeas were real. Goes to show ya! ;-)

    I can see some wonderful plates on your wall... pinks, blues, greens and the colors of a garden? Or majolica?

    You need one rustic piece... maybe a wonderful wooden rake, and then you can hang Christmas stockings or some such thing from it's tines at Chrismas. It's a great room, Gollum, and to think it helped support the birth of a novel and the play of your son makes it even more special.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  12. Morning, Dear Gollum! How marvelous to have a dream room of your very own! I love your pretty curtains and everything is looking wonderful. Can't wait to see what else you do! Yay! You're back! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. It is a lovely room that reflects your tastes and interests. It's important to have a space you can call your own. Knowning the space comes with memories, makes it perfect.

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  14. I'm so glad to have you back. I discovered your blog about nine monthes ago and since have read all of your books (fantastic) saving Mermaids in the Basement for down time in January. Having two Yorkies as well, I understand your love for your baby.

    Carol Cottrell

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  15. Beautiful room, you say there is precious little light, but all your rooms capture it so well! I love the bird figurines,- thanks for the pic. I have just started collecting birdie objects, I look back and realize as I write this that my Dad always liked birds! Funny. My favorite thing is to see the looks on their little birdie faces! Some look hungry, some look friendly, and others like they will peck you! Have a wonderful afternoon!

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  16. Good Morning~ ~
    I love your new header. I can always count on you for luscious pictures.

    It's a basic need to have a little place of your own. I recently fixed a small round table in the sunroom for ME. I'm crafting and knitting there as I gaze out the windows at the birds. It's peaceful and I am enjoying it so much. Anxious to see your finished project. Mine is a few posts back incase you missed it. I did two posts with different arrangements on the same table. Right now the little SING tree is stationed on the same table in the sunroom but I still have space to work. Lovin' it!
    Make it a great day!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  17. Oh, I forgot to mention that when I saw the drapes the first thing I thought of was, I'll bet there are dishes stashed behind them already. It's getting full under my bed!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  18. ... what a treat to spy the table you sat at while writing your first novel!

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  19. Seriously, who are you and where did you learn to design? GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!

    Come and do my house. Please. Hurry!!! ;)

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  20. I love the checks, I have never had any for myself and I am thinking it's time... did you know that I too collect frogs?

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  21. What a beautiful room, Michael. It looks so sunny and refreshing!...Christine

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  22. looking good girl! I love those drapes!

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  23. What a wonderful,inviting room and I applaud your taste in drapes. I have the same ones hanging in my living room!! And I love them! Can't wait to see your plates.

    Enjoy your lovely room!

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  24. Truly, a wonderful space! I could "dream" in here for hours! :) The table is gorgeous! I am just crazy about it!!!

    ~Rhonda :)

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  25. * Holy guacamole, Michael! At FIRST I thought you had toooootally changed the bay window in your KITCHEN, & was in a STATE OF SHOCK!!!

    How blessed you are to have this special space~ Am sure Mister is always there when YOU are, but what about "the other boys... the big, HUMAN ones"!?!?!?! It looks so clean & bright & happy~~~ like a perfect place to "declutter one's mind"~~~~ (TERRIFFIC sink, too!!!)~~~

    Yes ma'am, "ME LIKEY!"~ alot!!! Sure would LOVE to join you for tea there, too. Not INTENDING to, BUT, I KNOW I'd end up trying to count all the frogs in there! When our niece was a younun', she was amaaaazed at how many "rabbit things" I had, & counted them, proud to tell me how many I had! (That makes me smile right now~~~ that was a lonnnnggg time ago now!)~~~

    LOVE IT when you get into decorating!!! (Yer soooo GOOOOOD!)~

    Big hugs to all & a special one to your Mom~ and The Belle-girl sends licks to Mister, too!
    XOXO n' THANKS for the TREAT!!!
    Linda *

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  26. What a beautiful space, to relax and refresh! So bright and cheery! Everything you do is gorgeous to my eyes. AHHHHHHH....... XO, Pinky

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  27. What a beautiful space. I love the story of the table. And the lego city being built at your feet. My grandson "loves" legos. We have enough to build an entire city around here. lol And what's on his Christmas list? But lego's. Grandma is doing her best to fill that list. Like your frogs, I have to have at least 1 or more rabbits in each room. Hadn't thought it a law,but may have to reconsider and use that term..lol. Love, love, love the draperies!! Stellar post as always. (don't fall off your chair girl..but I'm going to join you on Friday..yepper, just finishsed it up ready to go..lol) hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Beautiful view, beautiful window dressing, beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it Michael. -Brenda-

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  29. Just love this room, I adore the curtains and the flowers are beautiful! What a lovely bench Dr.Gollum gave you. A wonderful place to Dream!

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  30. I'll meet you there. I love a quiet place to just think a dream. Sometimes silence speaks the loudest.
    Kathleen

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  31. What a beautiful room. You already have some wonderful memories in it. I can't wait to see your additons. And yes, of course there should be plates on that wall!

    - The Tablescaper

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