A Crafter's Life

A Room of Her Own

My neighbor Carole, a retired nurse, recently created a room in her house just for herself. I got to tour the room on Monday afternoon when I popped over for tea and to share my homemade apple cake (yes I made apples cake with left over rescued apples, see post Apple Rescue and Pre-Fall Cooking).

She let me take photos so I could share with you images from her “nest“.

Creative Space: The “Sacred Nest”

In the April 2018 post “The Toe Saga, Library Stack Catch Up, and Your Sacred Nest“, I shared a quote from the book our Creative Work Space: The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Decor by Desha Peacock from the section “Your Sacred Nest: Everyone Needs a Creative Sweet Spot Space“:

A mother bird doesn’t complain that she doesn’t have time or space to create her nest, she just makes do with the resources available to her at the time…Her job is not finished when the nest is built. She still needs to protect it until her babies are strong enough to go out on their own…think of what would happen if the momma bird neglected to actually build the nest because she couldn’t find the perfect materials. Don’t let your creativity suffer or, worse, die because you can’t find the perfect lamp…don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Use the resources you have around you and allow them to blossom with age and use. 

Carole’s Nest

Carole’s home looks like it was ripped from the pages of the magazine Country LivingShe has a wonderful sense of style.

When you first arrive at her home, here is what greets you at her her front door. In addition to her front door,  her front porch always has seasonal decor:

Carole has a three bedroom home and previously one bedroom was the master bedroom, one bedroom was her husband’s office (he is a consultant), and the third bedroom was the traditional guest bedroom.

Carole has adult children and adult grandchildren that live out of state and visit occasionally, however she realized that  a high quality blow up mattress (that can be kept out of sight when she did not have visitors) would work for their visits. So she was able to get rid of the bed in the guest room, open up the space and create her Sacred Nest!

Decorated with antiques and country charm, here is a photo tour of her room:


The table in the middle of the room has leaves and opens up to a fairly large table that provides room for laying out a quilt or other projects needing additional space. When she has overnight visitors, she moves the table and sets up the air mattress in the middle of the room for the guests.


She has many sweet items in the room, many tied to special memories. Next to her sewing machine she has a little metal drawer cabinet her husband made in high school shop class 60 years ago!


Oh and I made this little pillow that hangs on her armoire a couple years ago for her as a Christmas present:


Here husband also loves her room and is amazed with the warm cozy and inviting feel to the room. He even invited himself over to hang out in her room and watch a movie with her!

Do you have your own nest/sacred space in your home – a room of your own?


I’ve featured Carole’s decorating talents in a previous post from December 2016 –Seriously Cute Holiday Decorations.  Here is one of her amazing holiday decorations from her endlessly creative mind:.2016-12-01_13-50-12_890


23 thoughts on “A Room of Her Own”

  1. Please thank Carole for sharing her special, personal space with us! It’s so warm and inviting and seems to say, “Come on in, sip a cup of tea and savor the moment.” With such a lovely space, I think Carole’s creativity will skyrocket!

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    1. I agree and I think it has! She loves having a place to just sit and work on her Christmas cards this year and a place where she can just leave stuff in progress out instead of having to put stuff away when she was going crafts and projects in her living room. 🙂


  2. Wonderful post! I love seeing other’s creative places. I, too, took a room in my home and converted it to my happy place upon retirement. I spend more time here than any other…most days it happily sucks me in! I couldn’t be happier than when I’m creating.

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    1. Thank you and I am the same – I love peeking where others find inspiration! Congrats on having your own happy place! Thanks for your comments and I see you totally get the room of your own thing 🙂


  3. What a lovely sanctuary. I dream of one day having a special room all to myself. But I love your quote, we must make do with what we have, as we are lucky regardless. I imagine there will be lots of creativity in this special space!

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    1. I hope you have a special room someday especially for all your beautiful embroidery work! I agree – we are lucky to just have a cozy home, whether we have our own room or not, to do our crafts 🙂

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  4. Wow! What a truly beautiful, cosy room… I’d love to have a place like this to settle down with my knitting needles! Someday, perhaps… For now, I will make do with hiding all the living room furniture under a deep layer of crafting equipment 😆 Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, Tierney!


  5. A beautiful home – it has given me some good ideas (though my space is much smaller). 🙂 And, I relate – I have always wanted to do an MFA but took a different route in life. I will have a look at the excellent and intriguing title you’ve shared! 🙂

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