The Simply Luxurious Life®: Room for Inspiration  

January 19, 2010

Room for Inspiration

It is so often the environment we are in that dictates our mood, our creativity and therefore, our production for the day.  I am constantly rolling around in my head ways to redecorate certain rooms in my house to set a mood of peace, calm, comfort and joyful simplicity.  For me, this type of sanctuary is what allows me to create whether it be in my writing, cooking, thinking or conversation.  Today, I have included photographs of home libraries, home offices that will fuel your thoughts.

As George Glazer reminds us, “In the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, the library was a repository of books and a place of study, sanctity and quiet reflection for the well-heeled aristocratic owners of the great English Country houses in Great Britain.”  I do believe that time to reflect is mandatory if we are to progress in our passions.  Hopefully, you too have a room, a nook, a locale where you are able to do just that.


(Photos of Oprah’s Library -Courtesy of Jonny Valiant)

 (Symmetry helps to calm the mind)


 (Calming colors and comfortable furniture)

(Beautiful things that inspire the individual)

 (My favorite spot would be by the fireplace. The sound of the popping and crackling, ah . . . so soothing.)

 (A few of Oprah’s  coffee table books)


(Neutral colors are calming to the mind.  -Courtesy of George Glazer Gallery photo)


(Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine.)


(The upholstery of the chair grabbing the colors of the wall paint)

(Courtesy of Southern Living)

(Office for two)

(Courtesy of Cottage Living)

(Courtesy of Sunset magazine)

(Courtesy of Cooking Light magazine)


(Adding flowers to any room always perks up the mood. -Courtesy of Coastal Living magazine)

What necessities do you have to have in your office or the place where you create?  I’ll help get the conversation started.  I need some green or lavender tea to sip on, a comfy chair with light from a lamp, and flowers are always helpful.  A notepad or journal to write down thoughts has they come to me and inspiring photographs on the walls and desks to remind me of my blessings, goals and past achievements.  I look forward to hearing about the items that are on your list.  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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At January 19, 2010 at 3:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

such great ideas, i think the key to the bookshelves is color coordination! xo

At January 19, 2010 at 8:22 PM , Anonymous Anne @ The City Sage said...

Lovely spaces for getting creative! On my must-have list? Like you, I love a hot mug of tea to get me going...and a warm kitty on my lap doesn't hurt either!

At January 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM , Blogger Simply Luxurious said...

Anne, thanks for checking out the blog and I would have to agree, a small warm body, (for me my dogs) is definitely a must have while trying to create. Have a great week!

At January 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM , Anonymous splendid market said...

I find green to be a good surrounding for "work". I really like the 2 green workstations: one with olive colored walls; the other with mint colored cabinets. Nice photos.


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