I rearrange furniture a lot. Steve has arrived home from work many a day with entire rooms switched out (our house is not-so-big. This is a feat, I tell you). I have no idea how 'normal' this is, as it's something my mother did with us all the time. Bored, stressed, anxious, energized? Move furniture! No one seems too worried about it around here - I enjoy the change, the kids think it's fun ("Silly Mama! Where did you put that bookshelf?"), and I feel like each and every move makes our house 'work' for us better. Once I've decided I'm changing something in the house, my mind won't stop working it out, and I'm rather inclined towards impulsive trips to the hardware store for new paint, or whatever it may be, and waste little time in getting the job done.
My studio, right now, is in need of an overhaul. When I set the room up, I envisioned it as mainly a place for crafts and sewing. It is that, of course. But there's also a great deal of writing that takes place here too, both in the past year, and I hope, even more in the future. While it's certainly lovely and inspiring to be surrounded by beautiful fabric and handmade things while writing about beautiful fabric and handmade things, it does kind of suck, I must say, to be stepping on said things. Or setting one's very special laptop down in a pile of pins. Or...well, you get the idea. This room serves a lot of purposes. And it needs to hold a lot of stuff. And it's small. Quite simply, it needs an efficiency redo. But just as important as the efficiency are the other factors of beauty, comfort and inspiration.
I'm trying to resist my impulsive urges with this room in favor of a more mature, responsible, and thoughtful decision making process (yeah, yeah). I've saved money, drawn layouts, tacked paint colors to the walls, priced furniture, and made lists. I've scoured the inspirational studios of several lovely and talented writer/designer/artists for ideas. And I've stalked the design blogs I love on a regular basis, bookmarking far too much. In the next few weeks I'll start the work on it. It feels like a big deal, you know? In this smallish house, to have a whole room of my own, and a room that is so very important to me (and just me...ah....), well, I'm really grateful for that. And I'm thrilled with the task ahead - of setting up a work/play/dream space that I truly love, and that truly "works" for what I do.
It's time to move some furniture...