Many people hear voices when no-one is there.
Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day.
Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
Artist's Room Vincent Van Gogh
The room I blog in is tiny, it used to be a bedroom but we have removed a wall and now the stairs of the cottage lead down from it to what I call the parlour. It is not ideal because I can hear the TV and can talk to people downstairs (well shout anyway). I wear headphones a lot though because I love to listen to my music while I am on the computer.
The walls used to be white but now are pretty pink which I find very soft and soothing. I have some photos and pics on the walls and there is a long mirror which is useful (every woman needs one!). Plenty of bookshelves of course and a musical keyboard for when the mood takes me. A bed for one dog and a basket that Molly the cat has adopted for her home so I have lined it with an old cushion for her. Oak beams on the ceiling. There is also a tiny cast iron fireplace, never used although it could be. I have four logs placed in it, ready. There are little bedrooms on each side of this room and that is all - the upstairs of my tiny abode. Small but much-loved.
I recently heard about a successful blog called Bookshelf Porn. This features photos of the bookshelves in peoples’ homes. Ideal for bibliophiles like me who enjoy snooping on other like-minded folk and seeing where and how they store their hoards of treasure.
I also adored the Guardian page that featured ‘Writers Rooms’. It was wonderful to actually see where writers create their works.
I picked this one below at random and it turned out to be the room of one of my absolute favourite writers -
the Irish writer Colm Toibin.
Here are some more examples of writers’ rooms
I got to thinking about my ideal study in my ideal home. .
My dream study would be downstairs at the back of the (ideal) house, in winter it would be warmed by a real fire and would have French doors that opened out onto a perfect weed-free dream garden. There would also have to be a view of the sea which I could of course walk down to easily. These doors would be open in the summer so I could sit outside and have breakfast, coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. I could also sit, write or simply dream there whenever the weather was kind enough.
I would have a very expensive music system which would include a digital radio (but no television allowed) and the walls on two sides would have wooden shelves all book-lined from floor to ceiling. Only my very favourite books of course. There would be windows on the other two walls. It would be a ‘many aspected’ room.
There would be beautiful rugs on the floor and an antique desk with furniture to go with it. The latest computer of course with a flat screen and all the trimmings and a high spec. printer for my photos. A good swivel chair with a lovely comfy seat.
Beautiful paintings on the walls and photos of all of my loved ones around.
A cosy squashy armchair for reading and a rocker by the window for mulling.
A couple of dogs would often lie near me on their duvet beds and a cat or two in baskets
A piano, old but still very much in tune.
A more modern keyboard for when the mood takes me.
A huge mirror that reflected light into the room.
Scented candles of the highest quality ready to light each evening.
Piles of books ready to read.
Beautiful notebooks that I have collected on my travels all ready and waiting to be filled with words.
CD’s of all my favourite music.
A pot of the finest pens.
Crystals hanging at the windows.
An antique lamp.
Fresh flowers always.
Green plants to cleanse the atmosphere.
Maybe a daybed for when I need a little lie down.
One can dream ………