"Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are." (Excerpt from Paulo Coelho's blog, "2012: Closing Cycles")
I worked hard the last few days of 2012 and the first few of 2013 to finish my new room (check out my blog entry about this project here). I know it's such a cliche to do something "symbolic" for the new year that would somehow define the direction you want to go to, but it just made so much sense for me. You know it and feel it in your gut that change is in the air, and you want to take advantage of that feeling. And somehow you know, as Coelho would say, that the "universe is conspiring" to lead you to this point.
New Year. New Room. New Beginnings.
Yes, I have a lot of yarn. My room is pretty much my craft space, studio, sleeping space, and feel good place. Here's what this side of the room used to look like when it was my brother's room.
I just chose white as my wall color. It brings out all the colors of the stuff in my room. Beside my wonderful shelf of yarn goodness is my desk. The desk and chair are vintage and I had them fixed and painted to make them my own. It used to belong to my grandma. It's nice to work on the same desk she spent hours on creating opportunities and making them happen. I love the decorative paper I placed between the glass top and the table. I bought it from an old bookstore here in Pasig that doesn't exist anymore.
On one side of the room is a small kitchen countertop. This room used to be a small apartment unit, that's why it has that. I am using this area as an extended workspace. These are the before and after pics.
I had the cabinet panels painted to a dark blue. I think the color matches the tiles. I didn't want to destroy the tiles so I based the color of the panels on them.
I also found a way to organize the trinkets and small stuff I have.
Now this is the side of my room with the windows.
Here's the before and after comparison.
The sofa I bought is also a bed. I'm not really sensitive about beds. Besides, who needs a bed when you can just lull yourself to sleep staring at all those yarn just across the room? :p
I decided to keep the original wood furnishing of the wall you can see above. I like it. My next project is to put something on that bare wall. Maybe some big painting, or better yet, a crocheted piece.
Here's my door (and my shoes). I also placed my old mirror by the entrance.
This room will still "evolve." I'm very satisfied with it. I love how everything found its place in it - both the old and the new. I hope I create great things in this room. Definitely.
And now, let us pause for a moment to listen (and also watch, coz he's cute like that too) to Ben Sollee cover Sam Cooke's classic, "Change Is Gonna Come." It will make you jump and skip and hop on the path to change. Awryt!