I am absolutely one of those people that is super affected by their environment and by their surroundings. When life is a bit crazy, (as life nearly always is isn't it?) and if my most intimate environment is crazy too it's not long before I, myself, turn into a bit of a mess.
I think it is important to have a space, even if it is only small, that you can call your own. A place to keep things of both much importance and of very little importance. I love living in our new place. So much freedom.When we first looked at the house as potential renters I spotted this little nook right away. It's really a bit of a non-space. Juan and I wanted the bedroom to be simply a bed and a place to watch movies. DONE. no clutter. easier to fall asleep at night. DONE. Then Juan's line of work makes it pretty important that he has his own study/studio. I'm cool with that. DONE. The kitchen's the kitchen, the lounge is the lounge and then there's this little area right opposite the top of the stairs.. an area to put my space? DONE. I baggsied it then and there and it's turned out to be perfect.
Very simple and very little fuss but I've managed to fill it with just enough positive and creative inspiration to inspire me to well, be positive and creative. (Along with having space to conduct the odd bit of occasional billing paperwork and the not so occasional homework sesh.)
On the wall; Two small poster boards with a few special tickets, some old letters/postcards from last year and a sunflower tea light my mum gave me. Next to this; an issue of blogosphere hanging from a binder clip. On the desk; A few special notepads, one from my mother with a map of London on it and one bought for me by my husband on our honeymoon. My prose diary. My most useful book; "A Concise History of Opera" amongst a few trinkets given to me by my best friend Lucy and my two favourite cameras. A Polaroid bought for me one Christmas by my dear friend Dani and the other given to me this last Christmas by Juan Carlos. Beautiful things from beautiful people that love me.
To sound braggy really isn’t my intention here! I also do not intend to come over at all materialistic. I have realized, more especially since moving away from home, that there is something wonderful about objects of meaning and attachment and that they can invoke surprisingly strong feelings of positivity. For me, these small things help keep me saner and help me to simply -- just feel happier.
I was also very lucky that Juan Carlos found a new desk for his study and decided to give me his old one along with his old piano keyboard. (It's been a long time since I've made any music.) There is also a beautiful little window overlooking some trees situated to the left that acts as a perfect muse. Creative space creates creative thinking and helps to keep your mind decluttered. And it's really simple to achieve. A few personal objects and anything that makes you feel calm - and if looking at something chaotic helps you feel that way then create that too!! There is no limit to what you can do and you can do it with so little and within the teeniest of spaces.. So go.. create-to-create.
Brit. U.S.resident. Lover of Opera. Believer of dreams.