Tonight I am lying in bed in an lovely B and B situated amidst an enchanted wood in a land far from my home. It has the best amenities, lovely hosts, and each time I come I relax and rest. This is the home of my inlaws and I hope they are at least half as comfortable and rested in our home as I am here.
It is my hope that any guests of our home are able to find peace and respite from the world. The space is not perfect, but the beds are warm, there is almost always something simmering on the stove and we have comfy seating for interesting discourse.
What do you have? The last few months, I have had several clients living in overwhelm and I consider it an honor to work in their space. When looking at spaces, I ask what is their vision for the room. Frequently, the answer is a place for guests. It is sometimes difficult to imagine for those of us not experiencing this way of life. Honestly, these are often my favorite clients as there is something so satisfying in showing them a different path.
Our living rooms are often the rooms that are the worst. A dumping ground if this is your main entry. Project central. Where dinner is eaten when the kitchen table is too cluttered to sit down. Where we fall asleep. That DOUBLE OR TRIPLE use space that needs our attention.
This week, as I examined this space and hoped to give you direction, I learned a few things. I have a difficult time in sharing if it is not a place where I struggle. I am struggling right now in other areas, but this is not one of them. However, I have some clients who are and with their permission over the next couple of weeks I'll be revisiting the living room and sharing with you some triumphs and tips to help you tame your own space.
This week, I feel like I am peeling back the layers of the onion. My fall last Sunday seriously threw me for a loop and I am now 90% recovered. The lack of sunlight is continuing to affect me. The recent astrological events that have uncovered deep wounds from my past and examining these and how they have shaped me is difficult. And, the state of the world and finding where I fit and what my voice holds is on my mind. With these things, it almost makes me ask why I am focused on creating beautiful warm spaces.
And then, I remember. Because we need sanctuary from the world and we need to be able to open our doors to others who desperately need the same thing.
Our living rooms provide that space. Let's keep peeling this onion together, find our voices and bring warmth and peace to our homes.
Blessings on your space,
I’m Dana Croy and I am a modern day mama. Balancing family and work is not always easy (not to mention a little self-care). Though being Mama to two fantastic kiddos is a huge part of my life, that was not always the case. I wear many other hats and invite to sit down and find harmony with me.