18 thoughts on “The Particulars

  1. Rebecca

    A custom closet that increased my hanging space by 100%, super soft bedding, and a goody drawer full of medical grade organic from Humboldt county.

  2. Amy

    An armchair with a blanket, pillows, and a basket of books, magazines and journals next to it. I also just got a really awesome storage bed so I never have to look at clutter.

  3. Francina

    I have hanging on the wall on my side of the bed a cluster of small things made my generations of women in my family: two tiny cross stitched butterflies by my mom, crewel flowers in vases by my grandmother, a crocheted framed snowflake my great grandma made, and a starburst-universe cluster of french knots in a round cross-stitch frame by my sister.

    Above the light switch, a poem from The Prophet my mother typed and mailed to me:

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the son and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies, but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows might go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.

    – Kahlil Gibran

    I see these things and am reminded daily of my place in the world and the love that supports me and follow me around.

  4. Nance

    I have a beautiful modern ceramic coaster on my side table upon which I keep my bedroom glass of water. The glass is a vintage style thick gold rimmed round highball glass which I adore. I smile every single time I pass by it, think about it or use it.

  5. Tina

    I have a drawer full of lacey things I never get out to wear because they seem to be a waste of time….does that count. I am always late to the party and JUST now heard about the Go Mighty site. I think it sounds so awesome. Can’t wait to check it out.
    P.S. Been looking for a tu-tu in my size. Lucky.

  6. Casey

    My “blue sky project” . . . I recently traveled the country with the national tour of Les Miserables, and I made it my mission to capture the sky in every city we were in–I printed them out “instagram-print” style (i.e. 2×2 squares), mounted them on a huge white canvas, and labeled the cities in pale blue ink. It’s a beautiful, abstract reminder of my travels.

  7. kare'

    A beautiful lilac blown glass ball that hangs in my window with the word “integrity” etched on to it that my friend gave me for Christmas many years ago.

  8. heather

    it’s just an ikea bedframe (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99849961/), but climbing in and out of it every day makes me so ridiculously happy that i can’t wait to go to bed. also making bed the happy place it is: electric mattress pad. new england is cold and also i am always freezing. it never gets put away for being a seasonal item.

    it’s not in my bedroom, but i finally have my dining room as vintagey perfect as it’s ever going to be, and every time i walk through it, it makes me deliriously happy. i’m working to get my kitchen and my living room up to snuff as well. the bedroom is still a work in progress that needs a new dresser and a new rug, but the bedframe was phase one.

  9. Amy

    My bedroom was always my sanctuary, but then I had a baby, who is now three, and the sanctuary became a heap. I have one space (2’x3′) on the wall though, that is mine all mine. It’s not much but it centers me, reminds me of who I am, of happy times, and makes me smile. I have photos of me swimming in the Atlantic, off me swimming so far out that I am a pinpoint at a beach in Venezuela, and swimming in Lake Massawippi (Québec) on an overcast and rainy day, and an underwater shot of my daughter swimming. I have a business card for Joe Beef (Montréal) where I feasted on my 40th birthday in May, for Flo, where I ate amazing brunches two days in a row in Chicago in 2008, and for Rotisserie Italienne in Montréal where my sister and I ate hundreds of meals. I have concert tickets for Radiohead (2008), The Pixies (2010), and Arcade Fire at Metropolis (2,000 people!)(2011). I have a photo of my husband playing my grandparents’ piano. And, the thing that makes me laugh, and that made me laugh about your post, is right in the middle is a copy of Billy Collins’ The Country (“I wondered about you / When you told me never to leave / A box of wooden strike-anywhere matches / lying around the house because the mice / might get into them and start a fire.” Thanks for letting me share, Ms. Maggie! It feels good. Happy New Year!

  10. liz

    Commenting for the very first time just because I love Billy Collins so much. Nobody loves a wet dog. : )

    A feather mattress, a down comforter, a bureau that’s cleaned of clutter, and Dominic Dunne’s The Way We Lived Then on the bedside table for inspiration.

  11. andrea

    Soft brown walls, comfy sheets, a basket full of books and magazines, lovely candles and a good vibrator

  12. Anabel

    A custom made wood table. Is thick and sturdy and very very high because I planned it to be used with my sewing machine so it’s like giving the place it deserves to one of my most loved hobbies

  13. hilary

    A framed marauder’s map (I love Harry Potter,) pretty postcards I’ve been sent over the years, a picture of my friend when she was 7 in her brownie uniform that always makes me laugh (she gave it to me because I loved it so much,) lime green walls.

  14. cheri

    A great big metal BUMP road sign — yellow & black & pristine. Enough urban slang there for just about every mood, and it makes me feel silly. Anyway, it was meant to be: my bedroom’s a mash of black, grey, yellow & white.

    A few years before I found that sign, I bought a long, horizontal acrylic one (clear with reverse blue “stencil”) that says, mysteriously, SHE SAW THE CRASH. So, ya know, fated to be in the same house, tho in different rooms.

    Makes me happy just typing about them. CAN NOT WAIT to see what you & Victoria get up to. Hurry.

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