I love funny ads, and I've been cracking up lately at the one where the husband comes home with his buddies ready to hang out in his man cave only to find his wife has turned it into a hot-pink "mom cave."
I can only image the look on my husband's face if that scene played out in our home. Fortunately, I don't have to find out, as I have my studio to retire to when I need to escape the hectic nature of daily life and be my creative self.
But not everyone has that luxury. Many artists-moms or not-have no creative spot to call their own. So when Studios Editor Cate Prato saw that same Home Goods commercial, she called up the retailer's resident expert, nationally known interior designer and author of Design Rules, Elaine Griffin for an interview.
Elaine was only too happy to explain for Studios readers how to find and outfit a mom cave (or "me cave," for those who aren't moms). Here is a summary of what she had to say, from the Spring 2011 issue.
How to Carve Out a Mom Cave
1. Give yourself permission.
Whether you are or aspire to be an artist, you're looking to make some money from a craft, or you just want a place to pursue a creative hobby for a few hours a week, recognize that you need and deserve a space of your own.
2. Find space.
At minimum, you need a place to sit, a work surface, enough space for a friend to visit, and storage. Look around your home for unused-or ill-used-space, such as an attic, spare bedroom, garage loft, or closet. If it has a door, so much the better.
3. Personalize it.
This space is all-you, so be daring with color, pattern, and décor.
4. Keep it up.
Now that you have a space of your own, make a commitment to keep it orderly and resist the temptation to make it a catch-all space.
Elaine has lots more advice, including a list of her favorite storage and organization solutions, in the article. And if you doubt her suggestion that you can create a mom cave almost anywhere, be sure to check out how artist Claudia Hill turned the awkward landing at the top of her stairs into and adorable niche for her creative sewing projects.
You'll find both articles, plus the creative and charming Ty Pennington, in the Spring 2011 issue of Studios.
So, tell me, would you turn your husband's man cave into a mom/me cave? Have you? Have you turned an unusual space into your studio? Share your story below.