A Room of One’s Own

A collection of empty Pellegrino green glass bottles, dried up rosemary in a glass vase, almost overflowing (okay, definitely overflowing) Inbox and “Pending Project” box with explicit “Do Not Touch” notices.

Scribbled on the desk calendar are meeting notices, time changes, and each day passed is crossed off.

Leftover tupperware from the lunch obviously eaten at this desk.

This office is lived in, well-loved.

Rhubarb, the yellow lab, naps under the window – with one eye still half open just in case of Beggin’ Strips.

This space is creative, tussled, a bit dirty, and definitely operating under the influence of doing too much with too little. As the inch-thick level of (re)labels on the manila folders attests.

Dirt cakes into the floor – which no level of scrubbing will get out. Books of seeds, flower manuals, and random tools stick out of most drawers, and a terrarium grows in the window – even during a polar vortex.

Amidst the chaos, there is a homegrown, handmade love. Small efforts that aim to bring beauty into the world, to make something glorious grow, and provide a respite for anyone who walks through the gate.

“Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days.”
~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929

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The Art of the Everyday, January 13 – Clean slate: Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

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