Room for the Spirit



DSC00139Do you have a favorite room in your house, now or from your childhood?  What is (was) it like?  Please let me know in the comments!

When I was reading Susan Martin's blog, From The Home Front, I was reminded about how there are certain rooms in our homes, and the homes we grew up in, that touch us in a special way.  For me it was the screened-in porch of my childhood and the one I enjoy now as an adult.  I will often ask my clients if they have a room in their home that is their special place.  If they don't, I encourage them to create such a place.  In Shelter For The Spirit, Victoria Moran says
"A house can reveal the extent of your assets, but a home reveals the expanse of your heart…"   A special room in such a home is a sanctuary.  Where is yours?  Please let me hear from you.

via The Buffalo News

9 comments


  • Steve

    I wish I could say that I had or even have a favorite room. But favorite implies just one. So instead I have to list my top few…
    1. We had a horse “barn” that was little more then a overgrown shed when I was a kid. I remember that it was a place where my favorite animals (my ponies, my dogs, even my sister) could all be together and where no matter what was going on I was safe and I belonged. Thats a special memory.
    2. When my wife and I married I moved into her apartment and it was amazing. It had hardwood floors, a fireplace, a sun room, lots of brick and a ton of love. It was a great place to start a new life as “We” instead of “me.”
    3. Now I have to say that I just love our home. Its a nice place but its our place. Our boys tell us that they never want to live anywhere else (thats fine for about 11 more years or so but then that has to change!). But I love it because its where my family is and where our family grew into such an amazing entity of AWESOMENESS! Its corny but home really is where the heart is!

    2008/07/14
  • Michele

    I’ve had very large bedrooms, very bright bedrooms and growing up, a bedroom smack in the middle of a city apartment. Now I have a small bedroom in an old Cape Cod style house. It’s very bright in the morning, and at night, very cozy. I like it so much, as soon as I get into bed I fall asleep, and it doesn’t matter what time! It’s warm and cozy, a great place to read and just think.

    2008/07/14
  • ST

    That’s an easy question. OK, maybe not so easy because the place I think of as my favorite place isn’t actually finished yet. We have a new addition on our house and it includes a balcony that opens up to the canopy of a large,400 year old live oak. Though I don’t get to spend a lot of time out there yet I can already tell I will in the future. On the playful side it reminds me of being in a tree house. My vulnerable side finds comfort in the oak’s strength. And then reminds my contemplative side of all kinds of stuff, like how insignificant my temporal existence is compared to it. So some day soon I hope to sit out on my balcony with a cup of wine in my hand and think deep thoughts or maybe just enjoy the beauty of the branches and the leaves and the hills beyond.

    2008/07/14
  • Linda

    My favorite room is the kitchen. We just bought a 54″ round table with a lazy Susan in the center, to accommodate my family of 5, which includes myself, my husband, my 13 y.o. son, 9 y.o. daughter and my newly adopted 4 y.o. daughter. We spend so much of our time in the kitchen and around the table. It is important to me that the kitchen be a bright, clean, cheery and welcoming place that people want to gather and stay. We also replaced some windows with a sliding glass door so we can see more of the outside. We have two rolling laptop computer stands so that my husband and I can each do work in there. It is a cozy and comfortable spot for all of us.

    2008/07/16
  • Sheryl

    Right now, I think my favorite place in my house is the chair in my bedroom. It’s an oversized, squishy green leather chair with a huge ottoman. It’s great for curling up and reading or journaling. It’s not too hot on most summer days and it’s cozy in the winter. I don’t do any work there, so it’s a little spot of sanctuary.

    2008/07/16
  • Walt

    When I was a child-about 6 or 7, my grandfather and I used to set around the floor register (main heat source for our home) and play checkers on those cold NY January evenings.
    Unfortunately, those good times were cut short by a fire that originated in the heating pipes and destroyed the house.
    Today, I enjoy our home in FL.I guess the two most comfortable rooms are the living room and our enclosed porch which overlooks our pool and back yard. We entertain in both areas and have a good time with friends.

    2008/07/16
  • Ginger

    I bought a little condo, built in the early 60′s last year. It’s just right for me, and the living room is my favorite room. It has a vaulted ceiling with open beams and a skylight. There are large, lovely plants right outside the window. I haven’t finished working on it (money is the only thing I’m short on!), so it’s a great place to dream about a mantel, some custom bookcases to flank the fireplace, and some kind of water or garden feature in a space that only holds the daily newspaper right now. It is a source of joy for me, a place for family and friends to smile and relax.

    2008/07/17
  • Lisa

    I guess my favorite room/space growing up was the sunroom over my grandfathers garden shed. we had to climb a spiral staircase to get to the room, surrounded with windows and if you walked around outside there were concord grapes growing on the vines. It was a magical place for a child.
    now it is the sitting room upstairs in our home. Two lazy boys, a bookcase and a tv. My husband and I can unwind after a busy day with either a good book or a good movie.

    2008/07/17
  • GLADYS M. DAHL

    THE HOUSE WE PURCHASED A FEW YEARS AGO HAS A SILO ATTACHED TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE
    THE PREVIOUS OWNER ADDED IT TO THE HOUSE AS
    A SPECIAL REMINDER FOR HIS WIFE WHO WAS RAISED ON A FARM. I HAVE ALL WHITE WICKE IN THIS ROOM II IS WARM AND LOVELY AND I ENJOY READING AND USING IT AS A QUIET PLACE TO REST AND REMEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS IN MY LIFE.

    2008/07/20

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