Make space that matters

My environment makes such a difference in my mood. Many of us can relate to the feeling of unrest that comes from clutter and the feeling of serenity that you can feel from a clean space. That's why experts say that making your bed in the morning helps create a sense of order and calm that leads to productivity. I've actually been good about doing this and I think it works (at least until the kids come in and jump all over it, or just generally wreck my concentration!)

I've always loved to decorate. My husband says I'm "playing house" and that we have too many throw pillows (nonsense!) Here are some photos from a couple recent instagram posts showing a little of my aesthetic at home.

It wasn't until last year that I finally decided to dedicate some energy to creating an art studio for myself. This was the kick off of what is becoming a journey of paint and exploration.

The only space we have for this studio is the unfinished basement, but it's better than nothing and it actually gets a small amount of natural light. As a bonus, it's away from the hubbub of family activity that's happening upstairs AND it's right next to my husband's work bench so I can just reach over and grab tools I need for matting and framing (and believe me there are many). That sounded gender stereotypical. I have plenty of my own tools but he’s kind of a tool pack-rat as you can see. My kids have their own space for crafts in this shared unfinished basement so there are days that all 4 of us are downstairs creating, puttering, or working on some sort of project.

Ummm.. my space is clearly messy enough - and no, I did not clean up for these pics - so I think I'll save sharing the kid's area for a future post on organization (I can dream, right?)

What's your favorite space at home?

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