Spaces that Inspire by Maria Oka
Being a stay-at-home mom of three littles, I rarely get to write outside of my home. Instead, I keep my laptop under a chair, and in the quiet moments of the day (HA), I pull it out and write. Or occasionally, I sit in my girls' room while they play (always happily of course) and type while lounging on the floor. In an ideal world, I would have a couple hours a day to sit in a charming bakery and write (and snarf goodies), but that is not my reality.
Now for a little backstory: eight and a half years ago I got married. Since then I have had three kids, and moved six times (glutton for punishment). Decorating has never been my strong suit, and unfortunately, sometimes that means that it's hard for me to feel happy and inspired in my own home. We recently decided to stay in our little two-bedroom apartment for awhile longer (we live in LA...no other explanation necessary). As a consolation prize, I decided to beautify my spaces. (This does not come easily for me...I've taken a few weeks off of writing, spent way too many hours on Pinterest, and shed a few tears).
The results are helping me feel inspired, and I can't wait to sit in my own spaces and get back to writing!
(Please forgive the sideways pictures and empty frames...I am *patiently* waiting on a few prints I've ordered).
Putting a picture book on my front room shelf kind of happened by accident. I had pulled Extra Yarn (Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen) out of the girls' room a few weeks ago to study the pacing and the brilliant storytelling. I noticed it peeking out from behind my chair while I was putting picture frames on the shelves, and I threw it into the mix. I LOVE it. Especially since this is my primary writing space.
Now for the Girls' Room:
Unfortunately I don't have any "before" pictures of their room room, but my girls' books used to be crammed onto one small, overstuffed shelf. My new shelf makes me want to read more (and write more!) and explore each of their books again and again (it also gives me SIX extra storage bins for toys, library books, soft cover books and magazines).
Plus I get to showcase some especially beautiful books.
Phew! After all that inspira-decorating I'm feeling ready to dive back in and write! What spaces do you write in? If you feel up to it, I'd love to hear how YOU get inspired in your spaces.
Eve Bangerter Burch
5/15/2015 05:53:13 am
I love your decorating designs. Very inspirational. I loved your writing too. You inspire me Maria, my beautiful niece.
5/19/2015 12:11:25 pm
This looks beautiful Maria! :)
6/1/2015 01:25:15 pm
For me, inspiration and the ability to work well is really impacted by how clean my space is! It makes a big difference!
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