Cubby study sanctuary, my place to retreat and enjoy. The tiny space off the living room in our apartment grabbed my attention. Used for storage of unfolded laundry by the tenants-in-residence, its potential thrilled.
‘It’s called a study-nook on the plan,’ the real estate agent said.
‘I’m yours!’ the little space whispered.
John and I planned to down-size. With a study, however small, as well as two bedrooms, the process would be painless. John claimed his space on the balcony where he could paint. That meant we would right-size, not down-size.
A cubby study sanctuary encourages its owner to play
It’s the sort of room where anything can happen. While the rest of our apartment is quiet, restrained, ‘proper’, in this room I play. Because it’s a playroom (cubby), there’s colour and fun.
I enjoy the colours and texture, the coziness of this crochet rug in winter. I’ll remove it when I’m in a different mood, or when something else appeals more. Changeability and fun define this sanctuary.
It’s where I write, blog, plan, think and daydream. Sometimes I sew or meditate or pray. I’ts where I store my far-too-many notebooks and coloured pens, paints and pastels, paper. Books line one wall. The pile below tells a little of my current thoughts and preoccupations.
On the side of a cupboard near my desk, I stick postcards, photos and pictures that take my fancy. They change often.
The gallery below shows some of the special things here. They include my current writing notebook full of ideas for a new project. The unseasonal roses grew in Jenny’s garden. John bought the red vase in a market when we holidayed in Singapore. The orchid reflects my love of these flowers which I used to grow in suburbia.
And the precious pet rock? A gift from my late daughter, Anne, when she was a student in Year 7. A much loved source of inspiration and joy.
Other people’s writing spaces
Other writers post photos of their deliciously tidy studies, with polished furniture and billowing curtains at windows with spectacular views. Others show dedicated studios set in gardens. My cubby study sanctuary is nothing like them.
As you can see it’s a hodge-podge of loved items with a suitable workspace for a writer. I wanted to share because it’s where I’m planning my next masterpiece!
As usual, I’d love to read your comments.