“A Room of One’s Own” – Creating a Sanctuary

In Virginia Woolf’s book of the afore mentioned title, she wrote that in order for a woman to write fiction she must have two things: a room of her own (with key and lock) and enough money to support herself.  Not all of us are inspiring writers, but I believe each of us must unearth some part of of our creative self in order to thrive and maybe even survive. As a designer, I witness many of my clients mourning for this space and think they cannot have it because their house is too small or every room is taken up with someone or something.  The good news is you don’t necessarily need a lot of space to create your own personal sanctuary –  a place for your soul and heart and body to reside for a few moments.  Somewhere you can carve out a corner for yourself. So, I suggest if you have a bedroom, or a living room, take a little corner of it and put in a comfortable chair, or a loveseat, or a chaise lounge, add a basket or trunk next to it and fill it with things that feed your soul. Also, think about the five senses and think about adding music, candles, adjustable lighting, a cozy throw, and then personalize your little corner with photographs and personal memorabilia.  One of my clients, after bemoaning this missing piece in her life, finally just put in a small desk and chair in her small living room to finally get “a room of one’s own.”