This article on Lauren Child‘s house/space inspired me to think a little more about the spaces in my life and the ones I would like to have. I have always been interested how people create spaces for themselves. A house, a corner in a room, a table in a coffee shop, the desk at work – just a place that is a little bit of an extension of you and somewhere to feel safe and comfortable.
I was always trying to create these spaces for myself as a child. Whether it was a den in my room made out of bed sheets, a cushion house in the living room that I would snuggle inside watching red nose day in my pyjamas or the branch of a tree that I could safely sit and read my Enid Blyton books, my own space has always been hugely important.
Now of course, I have a house, a mortgage and a much more sensible space that is home to me, Milo and his dad and in many ways, though I love our little house, I regret the normality of it.
Growing up surrounded by books I was always wanting to make myself magical places to be that were a reflection of everything I love. A bit like Lauren’s kitchen, but a lot more like the Oncelers house, Magic Faraway tree or the Moomin House.
Turrets, secret rooms, slides, nooks, crannies, staircases, bridges, balconies, windows of all shapes and sizes – I think it is the detail, intricacy and imagination that children’s authors bring to something so perfectly normal like a house or work place that has always intrigued me. I am fanatical about detail, almost obsessive, and always thought that one day, I would have my very own Oncelers house. Probably why I watch so much of Grand Designs.
I suppose it could happen one day. I’d need to earn a lot more money or win the lottery or something but in the meantime I will carry on creating the little spaces in our house that make it our home (and keep searching for that elusive secret passageway of course).
Wow – this is a really long post. Apologies for the ramblings.