A Thoughtful Space: A Look into my Summer Home

Monday, September 18, 2017


Creating a space when you already know your move-out date is a difficult endeavor. Part of you wants to just make do with the smallest amount of effort possible, because it doesn't even matter anyway, right? Yet, the other part of you--frankly the better, more creative and generous part--wants to make the most of your time in any space, because the space we sleep, rest, work and create in deserves to be celebrated well

I am choosing to listen to the latter voice and give myself the permission to create a space that I cherish. One that is comfortable, reflects who I am & what I hold important, and provides a mindset of purpose for each moment--from when I wake up to when I lay my head down at night. While not a task that happens overnight, with a bit of thought + play, I eventually made a temporary space feel like home

 I got to live in this space for three months over the summer and I rearranged just about every other day. (Seriously. Ask my roommates.) Indeed, this room is one that was created over time. Yet, for me, that has proven to be the best way to do many things in this life.

Here's how I created this space I love with thought + play:



I arranged and rearranged the bed just about every week. While part of this was trying to figure out what worked best, a lot of it was simply the fun of it. I finally decided that placing it facing out with a bedside table on either side made me most happy. After having a bed cornered in a room for over a year, I decided to adult it up a bit. (And, for the sake of symmetry, too. You know this Type-A gal loves that stuff.)



On the bedside tables, I keep...
1. Prints from Rifle Paper Co., part of my Darling collection, and a plant & few sit-arounds. A happy, bright corner that was normally accompanied by a candle.
2. (The beside table that you actually use.) Both practicals + pretties here. Practicals include: a lamp and a couple of books. (This poem book given to me by my grandmother a few years back is one of my favorite possessions.) Pretties include: another plant and a map of my hometown neighborhood.  Another favored possession that was gifted to me when I graduated high school by my family. The custom map shows my home, high school, favorite coffee shop and a few other near-and-dear spots.




I rented this room from a friend for the summer, so most of the furniture belongs to her. While I preferred this, it was also a challenge to use another's pieces and make them your own. This bookcase was configured close to ten different ways. I originally had twice as many books, but decided to send a portion home early in the summer since my next space would not have as much space for them (*cue tears*). So, what's left are my favorites nestled in between framed photographs, special knick-knacks, and you guessed it--plants


The curtain was hung by thumbtacks and tied with twine. (Again, #college.) One of my favorite parts about waking up and going to sleep each day was the ritual of tying and untying this curtain. It was as if the light crept in every morning and met my window-sill friends (candle, framed poem, lil' ceramic bird.) with a warm hug. 


Ottoman that stored sweatshirts and other randoms. Normally topped with something that had yet to find its own place. In this photo, a good package from Glossier


The desk is a space that has become increasingly important to me through the years in both style and function. It is a space that I spend a good amount of time writing, creating and working therefore I want it to encompass what I am currently inspired by. This summer, this looked like showcasing my favorite artist prints ("Stay True" by Hammerpress out of Kansas City, MO; "Oh Snap" by Hatch Show Print out of Nashville, TN; and Gal Print by Sally Nixon out of Little Rock, AR), photographs, concert posters, and other art. The desk itself normally stayed pretty clean besides  a jar of flowers and basket for catch-alls.


This piece of art my friend Claire created and sent me. Words that are near-and-dear to my heart and something I am continuing to learn. It's a good reminder.

(Talked a bit about staying soft in this post a while back.)


The wicker dresser grew on me in these months. Mixed with this modern mirror and industrial aspects, it grounded the room in comfort. It was like your grandmother learning the ways of Anthropologie. She can stay true to her roots, only updated & dabbling in the latest trend.




On the dresser, I intentionally created a small, purposeful space to get ready and display the fun stuff--magazines, jewelry, bandanas, dried flowers, etc. (And, of course, a fan. It was hot as heck here in the Missouri heat.) 



On one wall, I consistently had a favorite dress hanging. I discovered this hack when I realized that I had more wall space to fill than art or decorations. Plus, the clothes we wear can be art if we let them. So why not hang them on the wall? (This piece was from a local vintage store in town & paired with a Madewell bandana.) Also hanging in this corner are these brass lanterns from Anthropologie. Once filled with plants before someone* killed them. 

*Me. Working on that green thumb. 


The last little space is the wall behind the door. These three hooks carried the everyday necessities: large tote for allllll the books, ball cap for the dirty hair days, go-to necklace from Perennial Shop, and my favorite one-piece suit (similar here). 

Okay, that's a wrap! Do you think a temporary space is still worth making your own? How have you cherished a space despite knowing its end date?

3 comments:

  1. Your room is gorgeous. I love how you have lots of art hanging up. It makes the space feel really inviting.

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  2. This is such a lovely room. I love how you created this space!

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