This weeks My Favourite Space is brought to you by the very lovely Min from Write of the Middle. It was her amazing photography that hooked me to her blog. Min is a photographer, and her photographs are stunning. Her recent trip to Tasmania gave her some extraordinary landscape to capture. You can get yourself acquainted with Min’s trip here, here and here. If your looking for some tips to rebuild your self-confidence, look no further than Min’s blog for inspiring posts such as 14 Ways to help rebuild self-confidence. Min’s is a seeker of balance of the mind, body, and spirit, and her blog is a real source of enlightenment. I hope you enjoy Min’s lounge room as much as I did.
Tell us about yourself?
Well lets see – most people call me Min so that’s the name I go by over at my blog – Write of the Middle. Min is a nickname given to me by a childhood friend and neighbour who is still a very dear friend of mine today. My first name is actually Marguerite! It seemed such a shame that my given name was rarely used so I decided to reclaim it and use it for my photography – ‘Marguerite Louise Photography’. Aside from my name, the next thing to describe me would be that I’m not tall! I don’t like the word ‘short’ so let’s just say that I am petite at just a smidge over 5ft. Last year my age clicked over to 50 and as a 35 year old I’m still trying to come to terms with how that can be possible! I have three kids who are no longer kids but all still living at home. I’m an introvert who has become more introverted as I get older but I can still fake being an extrovert if need be! I’m a recovering perfectionist and a caring, sensitive soul who can sometimes feel too deeply for my own good! I walked away from a corporate career three years ago for very good reason. Now I’m broke with regards to $$’s but richer with regards to long overdue investment in myself. I’ve discovered that I enjoy blogging and photography – something I never previously knew about myself!
Tell us about your favourite space?
I enjoy our lounge room. We have a family room at the back of the house that houses our large flat screen TV, the DVD’s, the Wii and other gaming consoles, and that is where the family spend a lot of time. The lounge room, at the front of the house, is mostly only used when we have guests so therefore it’s a lovely place to escape to and be alone which the introvert in me loves. It’s where the piano is and big comfy lounges and a bookshelf full of books. The colours in this room are deep, rich, vibrant and warm which I find so welcoming, soothing and relaxing.
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite space?
There are many places around the house that I enjoy but this space is where I retreat to when I need some time out to de-stress, unwind and/or relax. There are so many happy and warm memories to be found in all the objects in this space. Spending time in this space makes me feel good!
There’s a reading lamp over one of the lounges so it’s a fantastic place to curl up with a book and read. There’s also our gorgeous piano to sit at and tinker on.
What are your favourite items in this space?
The piano has a story to it and means a lot to me. When I was a child we lived for two years in the rural Queensland town of Mitchell. Dad had been transferred there with work. I had a strong interest in learning the piano so Mum and Dad bought a piano from a family who had owned it for quite some time within the generations of their family. The piano was estimated to be around 100 years old at the time my parents purchased it. It is a German built ‘Renardi’. Some time after I was married, my parents offered the piano to me and we have had it ever since. It really needs tuning but I love having it. I did learn piano as a child but I never sat exams. I play more by ear than by reading music these days. I’m no pianist but I do enjoy a tinker. It’s so relaxing! When the kids were little, around Christmas time, we would often gather around the piano. I’d play Christmas carols and we’d all sing along. Nowadays, if I try and do that they all roll their eyes at me! haha
The books on the bookshelf all bring back different memories. Some might have been read when we were on a particular holiday and when I look at them I am transported back to that holiday. Some remind me of a certain phase in my life – it might be where I was working at the time of reading that book or a certain age I might have been or a certain friendship group I hung around with at that time or maybe even memories of the early days of my marriage, before kids!
The table runners, the wooden dish containing wooden eggs, the set of coasters on the side table and lots of other Asian artifacts in the room remind me of my trip to Singapore to visit my sister. It was such an exciting trip for me. My first ever (and only LOL) trip overseas!
The Japanese vase on the coffee table was a gift from my brother for looking after his dog while he was on holiday in Japan
There is a delicate glass plate on top of the piano that my sister gave me for a birthday gift. There are mine and my siblings wedding photos on top of the piano. On the bookcase there’s a music box that my parents brought back for me from Switzerland when they went on their big Europe trip just after Dad retired. When you open it, it plays Edelweiss. I love that tune and of course it always reminds me of that scene towards the end of ‘The Sound of Music’ movie.
How does this space make you feel?
I think my response to the question above probably gives a good idea of how this room makes me feel. When I am in this room I feel enveloped with a warm and cozy feeling. I feel safe, relaxed and comfortable. It’s a great place for me to go to recharge. It’s a fabulous spot on a cold, rainy day and just as awesome on a hot summers day (ducted aircon)!
I really love Min’s lounge room, it has all the elements I wish to recreate in my own. Warm, comfortable, with a strong sense of family history and love. I can feel the room sitting right here at my desk. If you enjoyed this little taste of Min’s photography, be sure to check out more at her Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.
What was your favourite part of Min’s favourite space? Do you have a favourite space you’d like to share?